Helping You with Your Kitchen Home Improvements
These tips will help you plan for your kitchen improvement needs with a focus on resale value:
Function: Determine optimal requirements for storage, food preparation, cooking, eating, entertaining and clean up.
Space: Consider altering the current layout for improved ergonomics, particularly before moving walls to enlarge the space.
Cabinets & Counters: Understand the benefits of re-facing or choose durable and easy-to-clean replacement materials in a neutral colour and contemporary style.
Flooring: Consider durable and easy-to-clean neutral-coloured options in wood, laminate, linoleum, ceramic, stone or porcelain tile.
Plumbing & Fixtures: Replace older galvanized steel or lead pipes and choose low-flow fixtures in a finish that compliments cabinets and counters.
Electrical: Determine if more electrical circuits and outlets are required for a growing range of appliances, ensuring outlets near sinks have ground fault circuit interrupters.
Lighting: Balance ceiling, cabinetry and countertop lighting for the right mix of energy-efficient ambient and task lighting.
Applliances: Choose energy-efficient replacments in a uniform colour and style that compliment cabinets and counters.
Ventilation: Take the opportunity to increase insulation, seal air leaks and add a more powerful exhaust fan, if required.
Accents & Decor: Apply neutral paint and accessory colours that compliment cabinets and counters and keep decorative items to a minimum to avoid clutter.