Remodeling's "2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report,"
delivers a 57.4 return on investment in terms of home resale value. This
recouping of costs serves as just one of the reasons to give this important
room a needed makeover. Find inspiration in the following examples and
information while learning how such a project can make kitchen tasks so
Kitchen Storage Ideas
If you simply don't have enough storage in your kitchen, a remodel
gives you the opportunity to change that. Adding a kitchen island with
storage underneath increases the shelf and drawer space in the room. It
also gives you more countertop on which to prepare meals for your loved
ones. Cooking can be a chore when you don't have enough room to work
efficiently and without frustration. Installing a hanging pot rack also
increases your storage space, as it frees up cabinet room for other items.
Such a rack also can become a focal point in terms of décor, allowing
you to show off shiny pots and colorful cookware. Some home chefs even
reserve hooks for the drying of herbs.
Replacing vs. Refacing vs. Repainting Kitchen Cabinets
define the look of this room, making their selection one of the most important
decisions of a kitchen remodeling project. If you need to add cabinetry
to increase storage, you will want to replace existing cabinets to ensure
a consistent look. Cabinets that offer adequate storage can simply be
refaced or repainted, which also cost less.
In these before and after photos, the homeowner simply refaced the cabinets,
removing the upper railing and adding new doors, drawers and hardware.
Here, the homeowner opted for a
new floor instead of replacing or refacing cabinets.
Whether replacing or refacing, consider switching to glass-front cabinetry
to improve not only the look of your kitchen but the convenience factor.
You will more quickly find what you need, while also allowing glassware
and other items to contribute to the décor in the room from behind
the glass. You need not use glass fronts on all cabinets, though, as certain
collections of items might be too messy for display.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink
Two main factors should be considered when selecting a sink for a kitchen
remodel: usage and look. Stainless steel sinks provide durability, resisting
heat and cleaning easily, and complement a modern kitchen with stainless
steel appliances. Get the lowest-gauge stainless steel sink you can afford,
as the lower the number, the thicker the material used. Thicker stainless
steel resists dents, scratches and stains better than thinner steel. Also
look for models that feature sound-absorption technology to keep noise
to a minimum when using the sink. Ceramic kitchen sinks come in many attractive
options, allowing you to add yet another design element to the room. Keep
in mind, though, that ceramic can chip or crack if not treated with care.
If you tend to toss pots and pans into the sink, ceramic might not be
your best option. Whichever material you choose for your sink, consider adding a
to frame it and the surround countertops in style. The application in
the photo below turns the backsplash into a focal point for design, and
it also gives the homeowner a easy surface to clean - no more wiping splatters
from paint-covered walls only to eventually remove an entire layer over
time. If you plan to remodel your kitchen this year, consult your
early in the process. He or she can help you with the many structural
and design decisions involved and steer you toward those that will not
only increase the resale value of your home but also the convenience factor for you.
This article is part of the
Kitchen Remodeling series. Read more for more kitchen makeover tips from Mr. Handyman.
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