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Improving Your Home: Kitchen Improvements Ideas for Your Home

The kitchen is the place where food is prepared and food is a major part of the house. It is used throughout the entire day for cooking, eating, and cleaning. All these types of activities happen in the kitchen, and that makes it a good place for designers to look for functional ideas for your kitchen’s interior decors. Their layouts and the locations of the kitchen accessories and appliances are strategically placed in different areas to maximize the working space in the kitchen. 

Nowadays, especially because of the pandemic, people have been learning to cook in their homes, and have realized how important the kitchen is as an integral part of your house. This article will tackle and highlight the different kitchen improvements ideas you can do to improve your kitchen and make it better, for your family, or for reselling. 

Kitchen Improvements Ideas for Improving Your Home

Some people cannot afford to have a total upscale kitchen redo.  Many homeowners don’t even have the money for a small kitchen remodeling project. But lack of money is not necessarily the only problem.  

Even homeowners with a lot of money and a love of cooking can’t always predict the ups and downs of today’s housing market. The money invested may never be recouped, even if homeowners stay at their homes for years. The good news for those who still feel their current kitchen won’t do is that there’s loads of inspiration to borrow ideas from.

The kitchen remains an important gathering space for many homeowners — and one of the first places potential buyers look to decide if they’re interested in a purchase. Because of that, it should be a goal to make the kitchen as nice as possible with the funds at hand. 

Here are a few Kitchen Improvements ideas you and your clients can use to improve your kitchen space:

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Paint remains the least expensive change agent. Homeowners should take cues from colors in the room that is likely to stay.  The color could come from the tiles in the kitchen, the floor, or the paint in the rest of the house.  Because the kitchen is used heavily, it’s best to use an eggshell rather than a flat finish.

Replacing a countertop or two can help a room make an instant, fresh impression. If money is tight, homeowners can go with laminate rather than granite.  To avoid the laminate from scratching or showing burn marks, a textured surface is best.

Replacing older appliances. If all older appliances in a home cannot be replaced, homeowners might want to focus on one or two appliances to make a difference.  Because the refrigerator may be the largest item in the room, you should change it if it is old or small and consider a model with French doors, which offers the plus of storing larger items inside both the refrigerator and freezer sections.  For highly efficient cooking, plus the advantage of having instant on-off heat, an induction cooktop is another wise new appliance choice, though the newer technology often costs more.

Add a pantry or something similar. Those without sufficient storage should try to find a closet, even if it is not right in the kitchen but in an adjacent space.  Shelves of different heights and with drawers to make reaching to the back easier.

Making more room in the room. Open layouts are highly desirable for buyers, so if you currently have a small, closed-in kitchen that is not an important load-bearing wall, you should consider opening the space to create an open kitchen. Be careful not to pass any ventilation holes through it, or be prepared to replace them.  If people can’t change out windows or doors for better light, views, and insulation, then homeowners might have to change out windows or doors.  A new greenhouse-style window can become a spot to grow herbs and small plants.

Conclusion

Kitchen design is often overlooked but later, homeowners realize how important it actually is. People stay in their homes a lot, and they obviously spend a lot of time eating, and if not, preparing food. Having a well-designed kitchen, or at least a kitchen that wasn’t as good but was improved greatly can be a great way to upscale your kitchen experience. It can also make or break your home’s resell value, and can sometimes be a strong factor when people buy homes. It’s as important as a jewelry collection to a gem collector, tools to a handyman, or a badge to a policeman. It’s an essential process of building your home, and it’s time you pay more attention to your kitchen’s design. If the ultimate goal still is to gain a brand-new kitchen when dollars permit, better use of limited funds may be to hire an architect or designer skilled in kitchen planning to draw up a detailed layout that can be bid out later.

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