Owning a home is part of the process of becoming more independent and autonomous in one's life. With the freedom to do as one wishes in a private space comes the beautiful blossoming of a unique place in which to raise a family, become a master chef, host gatherings, or simply relax. Yet, with the many upsides of having a space of one's own come the inevitable responsibilities of maintenance and upkeep that are the source of many private grumblings.
Instead of looking at maintenance and upkeep as things to hate, one can look at these through the lens of "renovation" and imagine a whole new look for their home while updating it in the process. In this article, we're going to touch on kitchen renovations and how they can not only improve the value of your home/kitchen but your life as well. From installing a granite countertop to finally adding a deep freezer, we think you'll find much about these kitchen renovations to be excited about.
When it comes to home renovations, there is no "right" way to do things. It is, of course, your private home to do what you wish and if you want to paint the kitchen psychedelic colors and only have toasters then that is up to you. However, most real estate agents, contractors, and home appraisers will tell you that a quality renovation updates your home in some way. From keeping all of your appliances intact (but upgrading them) to doing a 100% gutted remodel, a renovation that truly updates your home will not only preserve its value on the open market but usually increase it as well. Since many homeowners view their home as their most valuable investment, this may be something to think about.
Granite countertops, glossy white paint, and stainless steel sinks are featured in magazines and model homes galore. But why? It's not only because they're wonderful to look at and give off interesting aesthetics, but because they usually last a long time and contribute to the value of a kitchen's use. With more than 10 million kitchens being remodeled each year, it's no surprise that so many people keep choosing the "classics" over and over again. When something serves the purpose of function and style, you know that you have a winner on your hands. Don't hesitate to try and create your own "classics" that serve the same purpose, but just know that it may be harder to find contractors or suppliers to make your dream a reality.
Even if you don't functionally upgrade your kitchen, leaving all of your outdated appliances intact, you might still be amazed that little changes can add up to big upgrades. For example, simply replacing laminate countertops with a granite countertop is a big difference in many people's eyes, and makes a kitchen look fancier and more elegant. Not to mention that professional chefs and culinary enthusiasts alike agree that chopping vegetables or arranging meals on a granite countertop simply looks much nicer than anything else. In a similar vein, replacing your kitchen cabinet doors can overhaul the look of your kitchen without breaking your budget. Find your own style to bring!
By choosing to install granite countertops, install a deep freezer, or even just giving your kitchen a paint job, you'll be taking steps to make sure that your kitchen is upgraded to your aesthetic standards while being super functional. You don't need to completely gut or remodel your kitchen from the inside out if you don't want to, but know that it will probably increase your home's value in the long run if you choose to do so. There are many classics in kitchen renovation history to take inspiration from, and you shouldn't be afraid to put your own unique twist on your space. After all, you'll be the one cooking, cleaning, and gathering in it. Make your kitchen space great by looking into some low-cost upgrades or by springing for quality. You won't regret it, especially when you get together with family and friends!