Things Every Great Kitchen Needs

Thanks to the Comor Construction renovation experts, a beautiful kitchen is finally within your grasp! In this blog, we will enlighten you on the components every kitchen must have to be truly great.

Ample Storage Solutions

Cabinets are usually the most expensive component of any kitchen renovation, and for good reason—they dictate the look, layout, and overall functionality of your kitchen. Quality cabinets are beautiful and sophisticated and provide you with custom organizational solutions that keep your life in order. The kitchen is the headquarters of the home—it’s where you cook, prepare meals, sort through mail, and organize nearly every aspect of your life.

Your cabinets play a big role in this organization, so design your cabinets to fit your specific organizational needs. Maybe you need rack storage for all of your Martha Stewart pots and pans, or maybe you’d rather have adjustable cabinet shelving for the most efficient use of your cabinet space. Maybe all you need is a large, spacious pantry for all your spices, supplies, and non-perishable foods whatever the case, your cabinets should be designed with you in mind.

Quality Countertops

There’s nothing cable TV home improvement shows to talk about more than kitchen countertops. But are fancy countertop materials like granite and soapstone really worth it?  

Well, it depends. If you’re obsessed with a certain kind of granite countertop, and you know it will be the focal point of your kitchen’s look for decades to come, then it’s absolutely worth the investment. First and foremost, your kitchen should be a space that you love, enjoy, and use to its fullest potential. If that means you spend a little extra on countertops or a wine fridge, then so be it. But if you’re looking to maximize the resale value of your home, you might want to choose a countertop material that gives you a better ROI.

Materials like stainless steel, wood, and even high-end laminate are much more affordable than granite, marble, and soapstone, but they still have a distinct look and enough durability to be a great addition to your kitchen and an eye-catching countertop choice for potential homebuyers. Even if you’re not adding the most luxurious countertops into your kitchen, you’ll have a newly renovated kitchen nonetheless—a buzz phrase that can send potential homebuyers rushing to close on your home.

Space-Age Appliances

If there’s something to splurge on in the world of kitchens, it’s appliances. These are the crown jewels of your kitchen because they make your culinary life easier and they look good doing it—so feel free to spend a little extra money in this department.

Stainless steel (and more contemporarily, gunmetal) are popular finishes for appliances that keep their sheen over the years, so start with the essentials by purchasing a matching refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and microwave (you don’t want to clog up your counter space with a microwave that’s not above your range, do you?). Once your essential appliances are squared away, you can do your research on other kitchen gadgets that take your kitchen to the next level.

New appliances don’t just look good—they can save you money on your energy bill as well. Opt for high-efficiency, Energy Star appliances, and you could cut your appliance energy consumption by up to 15 percent. It’s almost like these appliances will pay for themselves.

Reliable Flooring

Your kitchen floor is the punching bag of your home, graciously accepting every dropped wine glass, spilled bowl of cereal, doggy doo doo, and miscellaneous culinary mishap that befalls you. This is why your kitchen floor must be beautiful, durable, and easy to clean—it must stand up to decades of damage and disaster.

There are nearly unlimited options for kitchen flooring in a variety of styles and colors, so take your pick on what kind of flooring is best for your budget and your level of kitchen foot traffic. Slate and travertine are beautiful, durable options, but can be prone to scratches if not maintained properly. On the lower budget side of things, vinyl sheet flooring is impervious to nearly every kind of damage, and it’s super affordable; however, it doesn’t quite have the luxurious look of other flooring options. If you have to choose between splurging and saving on kitchen flooring, it’s best to splurge, as the large majority of kitchen floors will be long-term investments for your home.

Luscious Lighting

If you’ve spent thousands on countertops and appliances, you can’t get away with tightening your purse strings on lighting fixtures. Lighting sets the tone for your entire kitchen, helping you complete important culinary tasks like making a surgical incision into an avocado or squirting the perfect amount of frosting onto a cupcake. Plus, unique lighting fixtures can make more of a style statement than cabinets or counters ever will, giving you a kitchen style that sets you apart from the sea of grey counters and espresso cabinets.

It’s easy to get creative with light fixtures—they’re much less expensive than other aspects of your kitchen, and they’re easy to replace. Stop by your local kitchen hardware or thrift store, and you could find some stunning lighting solutions at surprisingly low prices.

The Kitchen Sink

You have everything you need for your kitchen… everything but the kitchen sink. The worst kind of kitchen sink is a single-basin death trap that harbors germs, bits of food, and the dirtiest of dishes beneath an unimpressive faucet. The best kind of kitchen sink has two, if not three basins, and takes advantage of high-octane garbage disposal and a state-of-the-art retractable faucet wand. Plus, you could wash an Australian shepherd in there if you wanted to.

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Renovations That Pay Off

Renovating your home is one thing—but renovating your home for improved resale value is another thing entirely. In this blog, the Hollywood home remodelers at The Home People will guide you through the most cost-effective home improvements to make before you sell your home.

The Minor Bathroom Remodel

A little paint here, a little caulk there—when it comes to cost-effective bathroom remodels, the smallest improvements will make the biggest difference. Many homeowners have seen a 102 percent ROI on full-scale bathroom remodels, so imagine the return you’ll have if you utilize some DIY skills and thriftiness.

Give your bathroom a fresh coat of paint, re-caulk some areas, remove old shower doors, and re-tile your space to make things feel fresh and clean. Use spray-on texture to even out damage and imperfections in your drywall, and consider replacing that old, dingy tub with a tiled shower space—tile is relatively cheap, and the results will look more spacious and luxurious than if you put in a new tub. Whatever you choose for your new bathroom, remember that the value is in the small details.

Fresh Landscaping

Unless you get a little crazy and add a hot tub or infinity pool to your yard, landscaping will usually pay for itself once you sell your home. Summer is the best time to sell your home (families like to move while school is out), and it’s also the best time to show off some quality landscaping—so head down to your local garden center to pick up some low-cost, high-impact greenery for your home.

You don’t need to hire a landscape designer for stunning curb appeal—all you need is some lush sod, plants at varying heights to frame your yard, and colorful annuals or perennials to give your home some visual pop. Bribe your friend with a green thumb to help you, and you’re well on your way to a beautiful yard and increased resale value.

Exterior Touch-Ups

A beautiful front yard isn’t just about landscaping—your home’s exterior plays a big role as well. Improvements like home painting, new siding, and front door replacement typically have an ROI of 95 to 100 percent, and they are very important for making a good first impression with potential homebuyers. We’d recommend you save these sorts of improvements for the pros—a DIY home paint job can be more disastrous than you might think. Even by hiring the pros, you’ll see excellent returns when the closing time rolls around.

The Major Kitchen Remodel

You might ask—why no love for the minor kitchen remodel? My “That 70s Show” kitchen will look amazing once a tear down the wallpaper, right? Yes and no. There’s only so much you can do to resurrect an old, dirty kitchen, no matter how much paint and DIY experience you have.

Ultimately, the kitchen is the most complex and important room in the home. If potential homebuyers take a look at your place and notice a half-baked kitchen renovation, they’ll probably want to tear out the whole thing and start from scratch anyway. But give potential homebuyers a brand new kitchen, and they overlook just about every other flaw with your home because—did you see that awesome kitchen, Honey? I mean, we could tear out the puppy-stained carpets in the master bedroom and fix the leaky roof the week we move in. But really, those granite countertops in the kitchen are uh-maze-ing.

New homeowners want new kitchens, and they’ll pay top-dollar and make sacrifices elsewhere in the home to get them. It’s best that you give the people what they want, and get a 90-95 percent return in the process.

The Basement Boost

Not all basement renovations are created equal—it all depends on the current state of your subterranean space. Finishing an unfinished basement is a renovation with excellent value, as it provides potential homebuyers with additional livable square footage. Add egress basement windows that are up to building and fire codes to basement bedroom spaces, and you can increase the number of listable bedrooms in your home and spike its value instantly.

For those with small or single-room basements, a TV room doubling as a playroom is another great option. Costs are relatively low for these spaces—just make sure there are plenty of electrical outlets for the TV and other entertainment equipment.

Want to take a basement renovation to the next level? Add a small kitchenette or wet bar space so you can whip up snacks and crack beverages while you tear through the newest season of your favorite Netflix show.

Let The Pros Handle It

No matter what room or space you’re looking to improve, The Home People have you covered! We have decades of experience with kitchen and bath remodel, home additions, and everything in between, so give us a call whenever you need help preparing your home for the housing market—whether you need a full-scale home to remodel or just a coat of paint. Schedule a free estimate today!