Cost effective remodeling options are few in these days of reconstituted foreclosure looming homes on the market, but. . . If you're looking at what might increase the value of your home as compared to investment required, you might seriously consider the kitchen remodeling project.
Kitchen remodels are straight forward and subjective. You can spend a little and get big returns for your money, or you can spend your way into the hole and remain there getting very little other than joy from the expense. Seriously consider your options when looking at any remodeling project. A kitchen remodel can include various projects, but these are some of the most cost effective solutions.
Wall Covering Choices
Paint v. Wall paper - although the two can have varying effects on the appearance of your home, cost effective value can be the greatest difference. A good quality paint job can take a weekend and about sixty dollars. Prepare the walls, clean and scrape, then prime where necessary and add your favorite color. For additional depth and beauty, sponge on another color and perhaps a third accent color as a glaze or a second sponge coating. A paper border or a stenciled border can add big impact for a few extra dollars. Be creative, your imagination is free.
Nothing increases value like cabinet space. Good storage in a kitchen offers greater pleasure, usefulness, and improved appearance. Consider adding an island or border cabinets to improve storage space. If your cabinets are in good condition, you can simply add to and reface current cabinets. This offers maximum impact for the least cost per square foot. Choose quality and value over any other choice and you'll have it made.
Nothing polishes off a kitchen remodel like new counter tops. Often the best choices may include variety. Reasonably prices primary counters combined with a high value impact presentation counter can upgrade the kitchen, add style and finesse, as well as make a statement about the quality of the kitchen. Stone counters, even in small quantities can say a lot about the home. Perhaps your primary counters can coordinate with the island, offering a splash of color and design without killing the budget?
Still need additional space? Consider a closet nearby the kitchen and turn it into a pantry for storing supplies and equipment. Clearing the clutter from a small kitchen can expand the room and increase perceived value, even if a big remodel isn't possible.
Move breakfast supplies and equipment (toaster & coffee maker) to the breakfast nook, or even to the master bedroom, to make additional space in the kitchen. Offering a breakfast corner to the master suite may be just the ticket to make your home more livable. Consider all the options.
Are you still bummed about your kitchen? Consider a consultation with our home staging for life counselor.
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