You may be eyeing that smooth marble countertop or that fancy built-in refrigerator. But when your eye falls on the price tag, you know that an upscale, luxury kitchen is only a dream. Right? Actually, there are ways you can achieve a gorgeous kitchen without it costing you an arm and a leg! Investing in the right materials can help you to stretch your dollar during a kitchen renovation. Here are a few things to consider adding to your new kitchen that are low cost and high return.
Every year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducts a survey called “What Home Buyers Really Want.” The survey covers a wide range of home upgrades and ranks them according to what home buyers find most desirable. Mouldings and chair railings came in at #3 and #7, respectively. Mouldings are the wood borders on the tops and bottoms of cabinets and walls. The reason home buyers look for them is that they make a kitchen, or any room for that matter, look finished and elegant. They can even work to make a small room look bigger or a short ceiling look taller! And at only a few dollars per foot of moulding, they’re an inexpensive finishing touch to make your kitchen look classy and upscale.
We’ve talked about quartz countertops before in our Handy Guide to Countertop Options. If you want the unique and classic look of granite without the hefty price tag, then quartz is the way to go. Granite is mined from the earth with diamond saws. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to mine a single slab of granite from a quarry. Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made, which means that it’s easier and faster to make, and thus, a lot less expensive. To make a quartz countertop quartz stone is compressed with a polymer resin adhesive. This creates a countertop that is not only less expensive but also stronger, non-porous, and comes in a wider selection of colors and styles. There’s really no way you can go wrong with a beautiful quartz countertop.
Smart lighting can do wonders for any kitchen. Kitchens can be dangerous places; it’s where we handle knives and boiling hot water. So, it’s important that kitchens are equipped with great task lighting for those dangerous jobs. Similarly, it’s just as important that your kitchen is also equipped with great mood lighting for when you’re spending time with friends and family. The best kitchens strike a healthy balance between mood lighting and task lighting. Not only is the right lighting useful, but it can also act as a brilliant accent for your kitchen! Undercabinet lighting hidden by a graceful wooden valance moulding on the bottoms of your cabinets gives your kitchen a restaurant atmosphere. A flashy pendant light can act as a focal point and unique accent piece for your kitchen. Plus, having new lights installed during your kitchen renovation is relatively inexpensive and goes a long way to create a relaxing and sophisticated kitchen atmosphere.
Native Sons, Inc.
Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!