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Are you looking to bring new life to your kitchen? Then you're probably looking to renovate your kitchen or even remodel it. You probably have quite a few questions about updating and completely redoing your kitchen. In this article, we'll look at renovating and remodeling your kitchen, including some ideas and whether or not it increases your home value.

Increasing Your Homes Value with a Kitchen Remodel (How-To)

A kitchen renovation brings new life to existing features in your kitchen. This could be anything from painting the cabinets and getting new hardware, to replacing key features like the appliances and sink.

Kitchen renovations are typically less expensive than a remodel. Renovations use the existing features of the kitchen and revamp them, meaning less waste.

The great thing about kitchen renovations is you're able to keep the character of the original kitchen intact while adding new life and a modern flair to your home.

Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel, on the other hand, involves a higher budget and is more labor-intensive.

Kitchen remodels include knocking out walls, ripping out cabinets and countertops, and redesigning your kitchen layout. People usually remodel when the original kitchen style doesn't work for their needs (too big or too small), when the cabinets are unusable or severely outdated, or they've just bought or are selling the house.

Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Need some ideas to jumpstart your kitchen renovation project? We've got plenty for you.

Revamp With Some Paint

You'd be surprised what a little paint can do for the space. If you have dark cabinets that need lightening, consider painting them a light grey or white. This can usually be done in a few days, and only requires a bucket of paint, a few brushes, a little tape, and some elbow grease.

For especially dark cabinets, you may want to consider putting on a coat of primer before painting it. Priming it first will cut back on the number of coats of paint you'll need to put on the cabinets.

You may even want to paint the kitchen itself! As with the cabinets, painting the kitchen a light color such as gray, white, or beige will make the space feel open.

Spruce it Up With Hardware

New hardware does wonders to the cabinets and drawers after you paint them. Switch out the tarnished and rusted original hardware for shiny new ones. The type of hardware you use will depend on the type of kitchen you have. Whether you're a nickel sort of person or prefer a vintage feel, updating your hardware will bring the bling to your kitchen.

Add Furnishings

Don't have the budget for an all-out remodel? You can bring new life to your kitchen by updating your decorations. Throw out the curtains that have been there since the 90's and put in some wide blinds. Take the outdated themed decorations and try putting some potted plants on a few shelves and adding a cute saying.

Sometimes all your house needs is a change of pace to make it feel new again.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas

We all have big plans for our dream kitchen.

Some of us have a French chef at the helm, expertly slicing and dicing tasty entrees for our dinner parties, while others picture cooking with their significant other or a child by their side. Whoever it is occupying your kitchen-- you know it takes the perfect kitchen layout to make meals run smoothly. Here are a few remodel ideas to get your dreams out of your head and into your kitchen.

Open It Up

Do you have a secluded kitchen? One where it's so cut off from the rest of the house, that someone could come in the front door and head down the hall without you even knowing? If so, you may want to consider opening your kitchen up in the remodel.

Taking out a wall to open your kitchen to the main living space not only helps the house flow better; it also helps relationships grow. The cook can join in on conversations and share a few laughs with those visiting in the living room. You can keep an eye on the kids while you whip up spaghetti.

An open kitchen can also help with your stress levels. The stress of cooking in a cramped space is amplified when you get several people in the kitchen. In an open kitchen, you can have multiple people without too much overlap and stress.

Rethink the Design

Switching up your kitchen can make a big difference. Consider switching up the appliances and rearranging your cabinets to create a new layout. Simply moving the stove to a different wall can make the space feel like a whole new kitchen and help traffic run more smoothly.

Add a Backsplash

Create a bit of flair in your kitchen by adding a backsplash. It could be made from tile or some antique wallpaper or wood you salvaged from the original build. Adding a backsplash ads a modern flair and focal point to your kitchen, and is an inexpensive way to update the room.

How much does a remodeled kitchen increase home value?

Minor kitchen remodels (think $15,000 or less) recoup on average 92.9% of their cost when you sell, according to Remodeling Magazine. Kitchen remodels that cost more than $15,000 typically don't increase the home value enough to pay for the remodel.

The amount of value a kitchen remodel will add to your home is dependent upon the homes in your area as well as the housing market. The type of remodel also determines the value of the home. If you choose to put a $20,000 stove in a $250,000 house, the house won't increase $20,000. It just doesn't make sense.

Make sure the remodeling you do supports the value of the house you are remodeling.

How Much Does a New Kitchen Increase Home Value?

A new kitchen in an older house can add new life to the home and help the home value increase. A few other factors impact how much value a new kitchen adds, however. These factors are:

  •  The value of the home before the new kitchen
  •  The value of similar homes in the area
  • The housing market
  • The quality of the new kitchen

Kitchen Upgrade Ideas

Need a few kitchen upgrade ideas before you fully dive in? Here are a few that have worked for homeowners in the past.

  • Paint the kitchen cabinets a soft gray or white
  • Add a backsplash
  • Replace all appliances with stainless steel appliances
  • Redo countertops
  • Install new flooring
  • Change cabinet hardware
  • Eliminate walls blocking the kitchen from the rest of the house

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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