Kitchen Renovation: High-End Looks on a Budget

Posted by John Brooks on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 10:16am.

Tight on your budget and still want to have a high-end kitchen look? Here are suggestions by industry experts on how to get the high-end look without breaking the bank. 

Simply updating your appliances is one way to achieve that high-end kitchen look.  Keep an eye out for sales while checking out appliances from reputable brands. With proper consideration, you can go about finding what you are looking for at the price that will meet your budget. 

Interior designer Nate Berkus, who also happens to be the artistic advisor of LG Studio’s high-end appliances range indicates, "The right appliance can make the space feel much more finished and expensive. Plus, they involve almost no construction, but change the functionality 100-fold." If you're forced to choose just one appliance, "do not skimp on the dishwasher," says Sandra Miller, president of real estate agency Engel & Volkers. "It's often the most overlooked appliance in the kitchen."

A dramatic yet cost effective way to change the look of your kitchen is the inclusion of a neutral color palette for surfaces like the countertops and flooring.  This provides a universal appeal and inviting atmosphere. Michelle Miller, realtor at Lockard Realty says, “It is amazing what a new ceramic floor or granite countertops can do to your dreary old boring kitchen.  These simple changes will bring a timeless warmth along with aesthetic sophistication that never feels boring.”

Avoid unnecessary investments such as statement light fixtures that can be a potential waste of money. "Anything with personality, like a chandelier, is a potential waste of money. Such changes reflect personal taste and can be a major turn-off to a prospective buyer who doesn't share your sense of style,” says Michelle Miller.

A contractor once said that he could make any home look more expensive simply by adding better-quality trim, such as baseboards, crown molding, and door and window casings. This is true for almost all homes. “If you're a novice, pass on this upgrade until you can hire a pro: your home is likely not perfectly square and it can require some expertise to make sure everything lines up," suggests certified interior designer Kelly Morisseau.

Everyone loves the kitchens that they see on the television cooking shows. However, home buyers are looking for a larger kitchen when shopping for a house. The best renovation for your kitchen is to create an illusion of space. People today gather in the living room adjoining the kitchen. Hence, it makes sense to encompass space to create a lively and relaxing atmosphere is this part of your house.

According to Homeadvisor.com, an average a kitchen remodel costs between $20,000 and $30,000. For high-end kitchen redesigning with eco-friendly options you can spend upwards of $50,000. 

The best advice is to know what you want before starting the renovation, then plan on achieving that look in a manner that fits your budget. “Timing is everything.  Be patient, find the deals, and be willing to put in some sweat equity,” says Michelle Miller. “You would be amazed what a few thousand can get you when you plan it just right.”

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