According to Remodeling's "2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report," a major kitchen remodel 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 much easier.
Kitchen Storage IdeasIf 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 CabinetsKitchen 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.