A Wise Investment: Kitchen Remodeling

This is a guest post by Gruber Home Remodeling.

With Lisha and Kyle sharing their kitchen renovation story, we thought it’d be fitting to share a kitchen remodeling article with everyone here at One House One Couple! The kitchen is the most widely used room in any home. It is where time is spent with family and friends during holidays, casual gatherings and everyday meals. With so much time being spent in the kitchen, it deserves to be beautiful and luxurious. If that’s not the case with your current kitchen, it’s time to follow Lisha and Kyle’s lead and remodel!

Remodeling your kitchen can improve it’s functionality, beauty, and even it’s energy efficiency. While remodeling a kitchen can be expensive, you can generally recuperate the costs when your home is sold. In fact, according to Remodeling magazine, minor kitchen remodels return 78% of their cost and major kitchen remodels return 73%. Where does the majority of your investment go when remodeling your kitchen?

Countertops

Countertops can either make or break a kitchen. While blue and green laminate had their place in the 70’s, times have changed and your countertops should too! Today there are multiple countertop options, ranging in style, price and durability. For the cheapest option, there is laminate. While your old green and blue countertops were most likely laminate themselves, it has come a long ways. Today, companies offer laminate countertops with faux patterns and styles, making them look like real stone. Depending on the particular laminate you choose, the price can range from $10-$40 per square foot. While your return on investment might not be quite as high, they are an affordable option and a definite upgrade for those on a tight budget. Other more expensive countertop options include marble, quartz and granite. Each of these stones offers beautiful results and can be real showstoppers. However, the price of these often starts around $40 per square foot and can go all up to $150. If you want to learn even more about countertop options, pricing and the pros and cons of each, visit this blog post.

Appliances

Swapping out old outdated appliances with new ones, will make any kitchen look fresh and updated. Replacing all the appliances at once is ideal because the finishes and overall look will match. However, doing so can burn a large hole in your pocket so be prepared. The good news is, most appliances today are energy efficient and can save you money on your future electric and gas bills. Be sure to also ask stores about any scratch and dent appliances they may have, and visit outlets, you can find great deals that way.

Cabinets

There are two approaches to “new” kitchen cabinets. If your current cabinets are in great shape and simply need a facelift, consider refinishing or painting them rather than completely replacing them. However, if your current cabinets have seen their day and are on their last leg, replacing them is your best option. While painting or staining your existing cabinets is more affordable, there is nothing like brand new kitchen cabinets! Remember to get multiple quotes from companies, as kitchen cabinets are known to have one of the highest markups in the retail industry. It might be more work to do so, but trust me, you can save yourself a lot of money by doing so!

So why not make the investment, enjoy the beauty of an exquisite new kitchen and get back the majority of your money when it comes time to sell. Remodeling your kitchen is truly more of an investment rather than a cost. We can’t wait to see the final results of your kitchen remodel, Kyle and Lisha! Thanks for having us today.

Thank you to Gruber Home Remodeling for helping keep this blog alive and fresh! We couldn’t do it without people like you!

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