Kitchens have become the primary social hub of the home. It’s become a place where friends and family come together for meals and conversation. Because of this, an upgraded and inviting kitchen can be a huge selling point in a home. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the next few years, it’s worth thinking about updating your kitchen. On average, the return on a kitchen remodel is about 70%. But in Honolulu, this remodel can give you a return of up to 152% for a minor kitchen remodel and 108% on a major upscale kitchen renovation. My friend was telling me the other day about her new quartz kitchen and she couldn’t be happier with it. It’s so stunning! I wish I could have got some photos of it but unfortunately, they wanted it to be a surprise!
When planning out your kitchen remodel, keep these major design principles in mind:
1.) Open it up
Designers, builders and other experts are reporting a long-term trend of combining your rooms – open up the kitchen, living and dining areas into one great room. Open floor plans have surged in popularity over the past few years and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Some people prefer open floor plans because they feel like it just gives them more space to work with their furniture. So when it comes to picking out your trendy bar stools or kitchen table, you have plenty of space to work with.
2.) Keep it classic
Classic design elements are always in demand. Think transitional and contemporary styles with clean, simple lines.
3.) Neutral Colors
White cabinets will always remain classic and in style. If white isn’t for you, you should consider going with a darker stained wood. Although colors such as black, blue, green and gray are becoming popular and make for some breathtaking kitchens, it may not be the best for re-sale.
4.) Keep the work triangle in mind
When laying out the new design and workflow for your kitchen, keep the work triangle in mind. This is the points where the refrigerator, stove and sink are located. If you made these locations into dots and then connected them with a straight line, it should form a triangle. This concept is used to ensure the kitchen’s functionality.
5.) Invest in quality materials
It makes sense to invest in quality materials such as backsplash, countertops, flooring and cabinetry. Buyers expect solid stone countertops and flooring materials such as ceramic, stone and hardwood.