4 Tips for a Master Remodel of Your Kitchen

Eugene Vargas

Your kitchen is likely one of the most used rooms of your home. Remodeling it not only makes it more appealing and functional for you, but it can also help to improve your home's value and entice potential homebuyers if you ever decide to sell. Here are some tips to follow when you plan to remodel the kitchen.

Start With a New Stove

Many people start remodeling their kitchen with new flooring or cabinets, but the stove and oven is actually one of the most important aspects of the kitchen. Many people look to the stove first as they come into the room, as it becomes the main focus of a kitchen. Not only can a stovetop make or break the appeal of a kitchen, but it is the appliance used most often in most average kitchens. You want the stovetop to be stylish and functional, so choose a high-quality stove that blends in well with the rest of the kitchen. If you only upgrade one appliance during the remodel, make sure you get a brand new stove.

Install New Countertops

Another aspect of a kitchen that should get remodeled are the countertops. These also make a big impact in how the kitchen looks and functions. You will use your countertops a lot, so you might want them to be made of a scratch and stain-resistant surface that is easy to maintain, but also stylish. If you have a bit larger budget, you can choose natural stone like granite or marble, but make sure the material is sealed so you don't deal with stains. You can also use concrete or stainless steel for more of a modern feel to the kitchen, or go with laminate if you want the look of granite with less maintenance and lower cost required.

Consider Adding An Island

If you have a relatively big kitchen with empty space in the center, you might want to consider adding an island. When adding an island, don't just add a cube in the middle of the kitchen and start adding appliances and dishware to the top of it. You want to choose the island smartly and keep it open for food preparation space. Try to budget in an island that offers more than just extra counter space and has an additional cooktop, oven, or sink. This helps give you more cooking and baking space, while also providing the countertops for function.

Keep the Decor Subtle

Another thing to keep in mind when you are remodeling your kitchen is that you want the design to be subtle. Don't try to add or change too much, or you will overload the décor elements and it becomes a little too busy. Stick to the basics when remodeling it, then just add a few decorative touches to finish it off. By remodeling just one area of the kitchen at a time, you are able to decide exactly how much needs to be done.

For more information and ideas, talk with your kitchen designers and contractors for your remodel.