July 8  |  Real Estate

Count on 9 kitchen Improvements for lasting effect

Investing in household makeovers can add value to your house, and can be essential if you’re preparing to sell. But it can also carry a risk. Will your improvements be out of date in a few years, or will they be hip for the long haul?kitchen 146070703

If a kitchen upgrade is high on your list, the home improvement website houselogic.com recommends nine approaches to remodeling that are not only popular now, but should still be on point and in style for years to come.

Good Advice Good Insight

  1. White has staying power – 67% of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members say white is their top choice for cabinets.
  2. Go gray if you want color – 71% of NKBA designers said gray was the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014.
  3. Embrace smaller appliances – Tiny, secondary kitchens are popular options for returning adult children and elderly parents.
  4. Choose quartz counters – Quartz resists scratches, burns, and chips, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.
  5. Invest in LEDs – LEDs are energy efficient, lasting 50,000 hours on average – five times longer than CFLs.
  6. Rethink your fridge – “Point-of-use” units allow homeowners to customize their kitchens and place cooling where they need it.
  7. Install a touch-activated faucet – As water becomes scarcer, anything that saves gallons will have value – and save on your water bills.
  8. Try transitional design – Combine contemporary and traditional styles and benefit from the best parts of each.
  9. Aim for accessibility – Since a large part of the population is reaching retirement age, accessibility is catching on.

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