The kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in your house, and it should be one of the best rooms in your house. Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge, and expensive, undertaking. However, there are a few things that you can do that will make a big difference; these are also remodeling jobs that you can do one at a time, as you have money.
If you’re planning on selling your home down the road, remodeling your kitchen can add value to your home. And if you’re not planning on selling your home, why not remodel anyway, and enjoy a beautifully remodeled kitchen yourself?
Kitchens often suffer from a lack of good lighting, especially on countertop spaces. The counters are where most of the work takes place in a kitchen, so lighting is especially important there. Installing lighting under your cabinets can make a big difference in comfort and usability, and it can also make a big difference in how your kitchen looks.
Custom backsplashes are a great way to make a statement in the kitchen. You can brighten a darker kitchen, add some color to an otherwise bland kitchen, or you can use your backsplash to tie together other colors or elements in your kitchen.
Installing a backsplash is also relatively easy, as most home improvement stores sell individual tiles or patterned tiles. You can even buy mosaic tiles that are so easy you just have to peel the backs off and stick them to your wall! Nothing is easier than that.
In older houses, cabinet fixtures sometimes get loose and start to fall off, so replacing them is a good idea. However, even if your house is newer, that doesn’t mean that you love your cabinet fixtures. Different drawer and cabinet fixtures in your kitchen can make a dramatic change.
Depending on how many cabinets and drawers you have in your kitchen, you can always save up and buy one fixture at a time, and then install them all at once for an instant mini-remodel.
The one thing almost everyone wants more of in their kitchen is counter space. Most modern kitchens have islands, which can be used for all sorts of things, whether food prep, a spot for an extra sink, or a place to eat snacks. If your kitchen doesn’t have an island, you can always put one in.
Before installing an island, you should measure your kitchen and figure out where the island would go, what you would want to use it for, and how big it could be without limiting movement in the rest of the kitchen.
Upgrading your appliances might not seem like much of a remodel, but it can make a big difference. Having a matching stove, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator can make your kitchen look more professional, modern, and cohesive.
Obviously, upgrading all of your appliances can be expensive, so you’ll want to consider the look you’re going for and shop around and look for sales before you commit to anything. Remember, remodeling your kitchen is an investment.