Selling a Lifestyle: Kitchen Trends to Copy

Posted by on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 7:56am.

Luxury Kitchen

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel before you sell your home, then you surely know the importance of kitchens for today’s sellers.

In fact, concentrating your remodeling dollars in your kitchen is almost always a smart financial move. Kitchens are the heart and soul of a home.  They are a gathering place, a place to socialize, and a place to unwind after the stressors of the day.

With that said, there are a few things that buyers of today are looking for in remodeled kitchens:

Custom cabinetry – Although stock cabinets are much, much less expensive than custom cabinetry, you will definitely get the most bang for your buck with custom cabinetry. Think exotic woods, beautiful moldings and trims and attractive hardware for your cabinetry. Also consider larger, Euro-style cabinets, as they give the appearance of a much higher end kitchen.

Workspaces – Because the kitchens of today have become so multipurpose, remember to include a workspace in your kitchen. This space should include countertop space for a laptop or desktop and plenty of overhead storage and lighting.

High-end appliances – The one feature in your remodeled kitchen that should not be overlooked is the appliances. Appliances in today’s kitchens should be commercial grade, with all the bells and whistles. Think about convection ovens, double ovens, stovetops with at least six burners, a custom range hood and, and a pot filler above the range. Other appliances that are appreciated in remodeled kitchens are drawer warmers and wine coolers.

Natural stone countertops – There are a number of beautiful, natural stone countertops that are commonly seen in today’s homes, including granite, marble and quartz. Avoid laminates, as you will generally not see a return on that investment.

Flooring – If you have given all areas of your remodeled kitchen your complete attention, then it’s not time to stop with the flooring. Many new kitchens features exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian Cherry, while others boast natural stone flooring, such as slate and marble. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the flooring, or you’ll instantly decrease the value of your kitchen.

Faucets and Lighting – The details make all the difference, and that includes faucets and lighting. There is a great variety of faucets and lighting options to consider when remodeling your kitchen, and they don’t have to cost you a small fortune. Look for modern fixtures that will appeal to a wide variety of buyers, and choose faucets with features such as built-in sprayers and touch controls.


17 Responses to "Selling a Lifestyle: Kitchen Trends to Copy"

Mike Smith wrote: Lifestyle is less about adjusting of what it is and more about what you build and dream of. Kitchen is the place where you can give a pleasurable and luxurious look of your complete house. Place look fine enough and perfect!

Great post overall Thanks for sharing specially the image is desirable.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 7:04am.

Scott Realty Team wrote: Great article! Keep up the good content.

Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 8:44am.

John Evan Miller wrote: The kitchen is incredibly important when it comes to grabbing the attention of buyers. Fantastic post with great information for everyone!

Posted on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 7:36am.

Rebecca Williamson wrote: I completely agree. Most all of our clients head to the kitchen on their first stop when they enter a home. Even if they aren't gourmet cooks, they're looking for a place to socialize and entertain. Investing in a new kitchen can make a huge difference in a buyer's decision.

Posted on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 7:36am.

Sean Pearson wrote: Your MLS search tools were very easy to use on your real estate website We will definitely visit again!

Posted on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 7:36am.

Zachary Whitston wrote: The kitchen is the corner stone of the property as most inhabitants will make many laps through there in a day. It also is the most expensive to change so when it is done right, people notice.

Posted on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 7:36am.

John Eric wrote: I have to agree on this that when new client came in to see the house (especially women) stuck up to kitchen and every one have different requirements for that...comfortable and elegant kitchen like the one your designed in the post can bring a impressive impact on the over all house...

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 2:42pm.

Taylor Jones wrote: I would have to agree the kitchen is often where the most time is spent. Whether eating or cooking the kitchen needs to be a comfortable atmosphere

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 9:33am.

April wrote: One of my favorite parts of the house is kitchen, second to my room. But the renovation of the kitchen is somehow more expensive than the rest of the parts the house.

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 9:33am.

Paradise Valley AZ wrote: Kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. Putting renovation dollars into the kitchen or bathrooms is always a wise investment. People love to have new upgraded appliances and cabinets or counters. Thanks for the tips.

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 8:18am.

Josh B - PMB wrote: I have gone round and round with my little brother on this. He wants to flip houses but really doesn't have the first clue. I tell him the kitchen is where you recoup most of your renovation money and he says bath. Can't wait to send him this link. ;)

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 8:18am.

Troon Scottsdale wrote: The kitchen is very important in any home. It's always obvious right away when somebody has completely neglected to put thought into it. I find that as most buyers begin their search they flip to a photo of the kitchen and if it isn't "good enough" they move onto the next house.

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 4:29am.

real estate course wrote: it's definitely a good article that you post here. For me kitchen is priceless but in terms of renovating it so very expensive.

Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 7:20am.

James Hill wrote: I'd be interested to see a study on which of these improvements add value in terms of return on investment. I've seen general numbers that say that you recoup around 80-120% of your remodel costs with kitchens. The only other room that compares in the house would be the master bath in terms of getting that value back

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 10:30pm.

John wrote: That kitchen is fabulous, I wish mine looked even half as good as that one does!

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 10:38am.

Randy Maley wrote: I agree that the kitchen is probably the single most important room in the house. Great article!

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 11:13am.

Seattle Homes wrote: In terms of tiling, real marble tiles have a beautiful, unique look like no other surface, with all their whirling patterns and shade variations. But the same patterns that make marble beautiful can be a real headache to match from tile to tile. To ensure that patterns match, the Marble Institute of America recommends having your contractor lay out the tiles over the entire surface before installing so you can approve the result. All your tiles should come from the same original batch

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 7:23am.

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