5 Ways to (Justifiably) Splurge on Kitchen Remodeling
A home will be the most expensive purchase most people will ever make. If you have a home renovation project planned, such as kitchen remodeling, it usually means that you either plan to stay in your home forever or flip it for a profit. In either case, it’s justifiable to go with high-end upgrades. Here are five ways you can splurge on your kitchen remodeling project:
Kitchen cabinets are usually the greatest expense associated with kitchen remodeling. To truly make the most of your kitchen, custom cabinets are designed to provide the appearance, durability, and storage that you request. With custom cabinets, you select the materials, style, layout, and interior space of the cabinets.
If you are working with a kitchen designer (as 87% of homeowners do, according to the 2016 HOUZZ Kitchen Trends Study), they can help you select a style for your kitchen, then choose the cabinet that matches your selected style. For example, a modern kitchen relies on cabinets with sleek lines, simple shapes, and bright colors. Conversely, cabinets made from distressed wood with glass doors may carry a more rustic or country style.
Appliances are typically the second greatest expense of kitchen remodeling. Your local appliance discount shop can be a good source for kitchen remodeling appliances. However, finding high-end appliances may require a trip to a restaurant supplier. Highly functional commercial appliances can outfit your new kitchen to host extravagant dinner parties or feed an army of family members. A full kitchen remodel could include new appliances including:
- Range or cook top
- Wall oven (or two)
- Garbage compactor
- Microwave oven
- Garbage disposal
If your kitchen appliances are electric, you may want to consider converting to natural gas. Not only are natural gas ranges more efficient than electric ranges, but they also give you greater temperature control. While running a natural gas line to your kitchen is not inexpensive, the appliance may pay for itself with higher energy efficiency and greater home resale value.
Countertops and backsplashes are the next greatest expense of kitchen remodeling. The cost of countertops and backsplashes depends on the size of your counters and the materials you select. Granite countertops are the most expensive but they will add value to your home’s resale price since they last for years to come. Moreover, granite has many benefits over other surfaces, including:
- It is durable
- It is burn- and scratch-resistant
- It is sanitary due to lack of pores that can trap bacteria and other pathogens
- It is reusable if you remodel your kitchen
- It is easy to clean
- It does not discolor or fade
Backsplashes are designed to protect your walls from splashes but they can also be used to reinforce the style you select for your kitchen remodel. Two high-end options are metal and natural stone. Metal can give your kitchen a very clean look and is easy to sanitize and maintain. Natural stone gives a more rustic or craftsman appearance but can be harder to clean and maintain than metal.
While you are putting in a countertop and backsplash, you may want to consider replacing your sink. Other homeowners have made their kitchen more functional by relocating their sink if its current location is inconvenient. Your contractor can bring in a plumber and electrician to run plumbing and electrical wiring exactly where you want it before cabinets, countertops, and appliances are installed.
Wood flooring is the most desired flooring options for home remodelers. While tile provides a clean look, grout can harbor bacteria and the hard surface may be difficult to stand on for long periods of time. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are durable and easy on the legs. Moreover, a dish may survive a drop onto a wood floor where it would otherwise crack on a tile option.
No high-end kitchen remodeling project would be complete without some unique features. Talk to your kitchen remodeling company about the benefits of a walk-in refrigerator, a built-in wine cellar, or an indoor grill with restaurant-grade hood. When you rely on Oak Hill Building and Remodeling, we can give you exactly the functionality you need from your kitchen.
These are just a few ideas for a high-end kitchen remodel. For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to Oak Hill Building and Remodeling today.