National Home Remodleing Month Series, Part 6
Updating your kitchen and bathroom are two projects that give you an excellent return on your investment. But if even a minor remodel is too much for you, don’t worry. Try a mini makeover and get the benefit of making changes without going overboard on the budget.
Each year, Remodel puts out the numbers on the cost vs. the value of vario
us remodeling projects. Near the top of the list year in and year out is kitchen remodels. They nearly always bring back at least 50% of your investment.
Returns aside, a kitchen remodel of any scope is a huge undertaking. The good news is that even little things can make a big difference. Here’s how to get some of that return with a minimal investment.
Mini Makeover #1 Capitalize on the Unique Features of Your Kitchen
Every kitchen should have a unique feature that makes it stand out against every other kitchen out there. Maybe your home has unmatched views of the mountains or a really deep window over the sink for trinkets. Make the most of these sorts of perks by designing your mini remodel around them. Put in bigger windows that let you look out at the view while you’re doing the dishes. Or turn that deep window into an in-kitchen herb garden.
Take a look around your kitchen and find its best features, then do so
mething that will bring that out.
Mini Makeover #2 Identify Problem Areas
Look around your kitchen. What stands out to you as the biggest eyesore of the room? Can’t stand those outdated cabinets? Replace them. Tired of the old scratched and chipped laminate countertop? Time for a new, stunning granite countertop.
Instead of taking on the whole kitchen at once, try the fire drill approach--
take care of what needs it most first. This is a good way to go if you want a full kitchen remodel but can’t do it all at once.
Mini Makeover #3 Revamp Lighting
Lighting can take a drab kitchen and turn it around. The right lighting mak
es all the difference.
There are three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient is a general light that brightens the whole room. Task lighting is more directional light for specific kitchen tasks. Accent lighting is the cream. It isn’t a necessity, but it can take the kitchen from purely functional to a place that bleeds atmosphere.
Consider the type of light bulbs you purchase too. Different types of bulbs produce different colors of light which can go a long way to increase both the functionality and beauty of your kitchen.
If your kitchen is in desperate need of light, you may have to do some rewiring, but it’s well worth the time and expense.
Mini Makeover #4 Update Appliances
Nice looking appliances go a long way to making your kitchen seem much better than it is. Stainless steel appliances give your kitchen a fresh modern feel that does wonders.
Consider taking the next step up when you update appliances. Splurge on a
better cooktop or find space for a wine refrigerator. These gourmet touches will make your kitchen stand out.
Mini Makeover #5 Install New Kitchen Backsplash Tile
New backsplash is one of the simplest things you can do to give your kitchen a boost. You don’t always have to demolish things before you get started and you can get it done fairly quickly when compared with other projects.
A new backsplash can completely change the look of your kitchen and make it feel new, even though you’ve only added some backsplash tile. Get more kitchen backsplash tile ideas.