Home Building Planbook | 2020

Kitchens are popular gathering spots in many homes. That popular- ity is reflected in various ways, including how many homeowners choose to remodel their kitchens. A 2019 report from the home renovation and design resource Houzz found that kitchens were the most popular room to renovate in 2018. Homeowners considering kitchen remodels should know that the Houzz report also indicated that spending on kitchen re- models increased by 27 percent in 2018. Homeowners concerned by the cost of remodeling a kitchen should know that there are ways to give kitchens a whole new feel without breaking the bank. APPLIANCES Consumer Reports notes that luxury home buyers expect high-end features, including professional ranges and built-in refrigerators that match the surrounding cabinetry. However, many mainstream brands offer “faux pro” features that can equal more expensive alternatives. Consumer Reports even notes that many budget-friend- ly faux pro appliances outperformed their high-end counterparts in terms of reliability. COUNTERTOPS Countertops tend to capture the eye’s attention when walking into a kitchen. Outdated and/or damaged countertops grab that attention for all the wrong reasons, while updated countertops made from to- day’s most popular materials provide that wow factor homeowners seek. If granite is a must-have, Consumer Reports notes that home- owners can save substantial amounts of money by choosing granite from remnants at the stone yard. If marble is your ideal countertop, save money by choosing a domestic product as opposed to one imported from overseas. CABINETS Custom-built cabinets may be a dream, but they tend to be a very expensive one. Such cabinets are designed to adhere to the dimen- sions of the kitchen, and Consumer Reports notes that they can cost tens of thousands of dollars. If that estimate would bust your bud- get, examine the current layout of the existing cabinets. If the lay- out is fine but the cabinets need work, you can give them a whole new look by refinishing them. If the cabinets must go, stock units or semi-custom cabinets can provide a new look without busting the budget. Kitchen remodels can be expensive. But there are many affordable ways to revamp a kitchen. TO CONSIDER WHEN REVAMPING YOUR KITCHEN Affordable features METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS

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