Statistics may show that many Americans continue to eat several meals each week outside the home, but the kitchen continues to be the most heavily used room in the home. This is why homeowners are wisely focusing on updating their kitchens to reflect the latest trends to ensure that their home will compete well in the marketplace, should they decide to list it for sale. 2017 has brought some new and exciting trends to the home kitchen and pushed aside some outdated ones. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, this guide can help you make important kitchen changes that will be sure to help you attract and impress the best buyers and get them to make great offers.
Kitchen Updates by the Numbers
Kitchen renovation costs can vary widely, depending upon where the home is located and other factors. According to information compiled for 2017, the average amount spent by homeowners for kitchen remodeling is between $10,000 to $20,000.
This figure includes mid-grade renovations, such as replacing or refacing existing cabinets, upgrading countertops, installing new sinks, faucets, and lighting, along with new paint and flooring. Renovation projects that change the design of the kitchen or utilize premium grade products are likely to be more costly.
Quartz is the New Trend in Kitchen Counters, With Good Reason
Whether remodeling the complete kitchen or just updating the countertops to freshen the space and make it more appealing, quartz countertops will continue to be a major player throughout 2017 and beyond. Although quartz was once considered too pricey for many mid-range homes, the development of engineered stone quartz has made the use of quartz much more affordable for use in home renovation and remodeling projects. In addition to being less costly, engineered stone quartz has become increasingly popular for other reasons, too, including:
- the ability to alter the appearance during the manufacturing process to achieve particular color profiles and finishes
- more resistance to scratches and stains
- fewer visible seams than other countertop surfaces
While engineered stone quartz surfaces are more durable and resistant to damage than many other surfaces, manufacturers still suggest using cutting boards, and hot pads to prevent the possibility of damage and keep the surfaces looking like new through years of use.
Updating Kitchen Floors Add Beauty and Comfort, With fewer Care Requirements
Another kitchen renovation capable of adding exciting visual interest and more comfort while requiring less care is flooring. While the look of wood flooring throughout the home remains a very popular improvement project for owners and sellers, the use of natural wood in the kitchen requires special care to keep it from becoming stained or damaged.
In 2017 and beyond, homeowners and kitchen design firms will continue to embrace the look of wood for kitchen flooring. By using wood-look vinyl and laminate products, however, it will be possible to eliminate many of the special care needs required when using real wood flooring, like traditional hardwood options. New wood-look vinyl and laminate flooring products offer the look and feel of real wood, but with a much lower cost to purchase and install.
For homeowners who want to hold down costs while still adding real value to their home, these improved flooring options are very good news. In addition, kitchen spaces that still have tired vinyl or boring tile floors will look instantly fresher and newer with the addition of stylish laminate or vinyl wood-look flooring.
When in doubt, design experts can help homeowners make the best renovation decisions for their needs while working to keep the cost of the entire project within the desired budget.