A great kitchen design can dramatically increase your property value. The trick is to get it to appeal to the majority of people by spending your money on what most of future buyers really want. Kitchen cabinetry can do so much to attract the right buyers. There are four key factors to consider: quality, symmetry, color and layout. If you can get these key elements right with your cabinetry, you’re bound to have a higher home value.
The number of cabinets you have is not as important as the quality of the cabinetry. The fewer cabinets you add to your kitchen, the less expensive it will be. Choose quality product over quantity.
Choose European adjustable hinges and runners, including self- closing, soft-close drawers and doors, and semi-custom-made cabinetry. Use a designer that can design with minimal fillers and really can make every hidden space functional leaving no dead spaces. Go for plywood boxes rather than laminate boxes. This upgrade really is a must for home buyers. Laminate screams “cheap”. You want to open the cabinet and see natural maple, not white laminate.
The eye is naturally drawn to appreciate symmetry and repetition. When you’re renovating, keep your kitchen cabinetry simple and appealing. Elegance has a way of being understated, and simplicity is key when trying to open up a space and create a clean look. As a Kitchen designer, I always try to keep the wall cabinetry sizes the same where possible. I also like to line up sizes with the base cabinets matching the uppers. Drawers tend to be more appealing because they look grand and offer better access to pots and pans, instead of digging into a dark cabinet. I try to keep the look and feel consistent in the whole space.
- Light, Bright Spaces
Many buyers want an open, light and airy space. A kitchen that is white makes the space feel bigger. White is also a universally appealing color and leaves a blank slate so buyers can re-invision the space. If you really like dark cabinets, simply use white counters to brighten up the space. Both quartz and marble have many light countertop choices that look beautiful. Also keep the backsplash bright and neutral to add to the brightness and contrast with the cabinets.
- An Open Layout
Designing your kitchen to have a sensible and open layout is pivotal to increasing property value when you’re renovating to sell. An open-plan living and multifunctional space is the most popular amongst home buyers. Have a large open-plan space with a kitchen island if possible. Buyers often want to multi-task in the kitchen. They want to cook, have their kids do their homework and socialize in it. I call the kitchen the heart of the home. It should be centrally located, easily accessible and have space to move around with multiple people at once.
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