Don't Skimp On These Features When Fixing Up The Kitchen

Posted on: 10 February 2016

After buying an older home, you likely want to tackle remodeling projects that will help you get the biggest return. One of the best ways to improve the look and function of the home is by focusing on the kitchen since the kitchen is one of the rooms that most home buyers will prioritize.

If you're uncertain about how to divide your budget when remodeling the kitchen, consider some of the top features listed below.

Proper Lighting --  Natural or Artificial

Nobody wants to be cooking in the dark, making it a good idea to include as much proper lighting as possible in the newly remodeled kitchen. You can opt for artificial light provided by various light fixtures or natural light provided through a skylight or other windows.

Skylights typically cost between $150-$500 for materials alone and the installation adds on another $500-$3000. Since it could be an expensive project, it is important to consider whether or not you really want this.

Quality Appliances

Even if the kitchen already has a stove, dishwasher, or other appliances, they may not be performing as well as they should. In fact, many of the newer models of kitchen appliances are much more energy efficient, helping to save electricity and water each month. By installing some new appliances with modern touches, potential home buyers will be more drawn to your kitchen when you decide to sell your home. You may even get a tax return for the purchase of some energy-efficient appliances.

Durable Flooring to Last for Years

If you intend on replacing the flooring in the kitchen, it is vital that you focus on flooring materials that will last for many years to come. While it can be tempting to go the cheaper route and choose laminate or vinyl, tile and hardwood are much more sturdy choices and can help improve the value of your home considerably.


It's a smart idea to install new countertops so you'll have plenty of space to work in when cooking. Newer countertops may also be easier to clean. If your budget allows it, consider using granite due to its durability. Another durable option is butcher block.

Remodeling the kitchen should be on the top of your priority list when remodeling a fixer-upper home. Consider the above features so that you can enjoy your home while you're in it and get a good return when you sell it. If you need help with your remodel, consider a company like Woodharbor Kitchen & Bath.


home renovation - when to call the pros

My husband and I thought it would be a nice idea to buy an older house and renovate it from top to bottom. We got in there, did a lot of demo work, and then things started going south in many areas of the house. We learned a lot while we were working together, especially when to call in the professional renovation contractor for help. Thankfully, we found a contractor that was patient, fair and did really great work. You can use our experience to get an idea about what home remodeling projects are possible to do on your own and what you should call the professionals in for.