The kitchen is the heart of the home. So whether you're planning to sell your house or are just looking to make some updates, the kitchen is one of the best places to renovate for added value.
But where to start?
Here are three key features to focus on in a kitchen remodel project.
Cabinets are an anchor feature in your kitchen design and can account for as much as 40 percent of a kitchen renovation budget, so it's important to choose carefully, says Consumer Reports.
If you're planning to replace your current cabinetry, you have three types to choose from:
You can find preassembled or DIY kits of stock cabinets, which are the most affordable option. However, if you're looking for cabinet options that will fit your kitchen specs more precisely, you should consider semi-custom or fully custom cabinets.
Keep your overall budget in mind, as custom cabinets can cost as much as $250 to $500 or more per linear foot.
Next, you'll want to think about stain or paint color for your cabinets. Plain pine is out, but solid paint colors like mint, light gray, steel blue, sage green or bright white are in, according to Better Homes & Garden .
Dark wood stains with tinges of gray, black, green or red are all in vogue, as well. If you're thinking about resale value, you'll want to choose a color that appeals to homebuyers, which means orange zest cabinets might be out of the question.
Old countertops, particularly those that are worn or stained, can date your home and potentially deter buyers. Prospective buyers pay close attention to features like countertops and whether they will need to invest additional funds in renovations after buying a home.
If your countertops could use some TLC, consider replacing them with updated, sought-after materials such as granite or quartz . While granite counters are a popular choice, they do require additional upkeep including an initial seal and regular sealings every two years. Granite also tends to stain easily and needs to be cleaned often.
Quartz countertops are another popular option that cost slightly more than granite. However, quartz requires less maintenance and is more durable and stain-resistant.
3. Universal design
Finally, a universal design is an increasingly valuable kitchen feature for any home. Universal design is the design of an environment that is accessible to anyone regardless of age, size or disability. Many buyers who want to downsize or live independently as they age prioritize universal design features in their house hunt.
One in 5 homebuyers aged 52 to 61 purchased a multigenerational home, found a report by the National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends . As multiple generations share a home, the need for universal design and accessibility increases, and many buyers are willing to pay a premium.
Whether you're selling your house or planning for your future needs, adding universal design features are a valuable investment.
Some features you may want to include are
- Wide floors
- Space beneath sink and stove for wheelchair access
- Two-tiered island for access at different heights
- Pot filler at the stove
- Dishwasher drawer
- Large drawer pulls
Even small changes, like new drawer pull hardware, can make it easier to open and access cabinets in the kitchen.
Real estate professionals like those at The Trumm Team can help you choose features that will add the most value and interest from buyers in your area. By making a few key changes to your kitchen, you can elevate the space to improve your day-to-day enjoyment and the overall value of your home.