If you want your house to shine, consider these professional tips on how to make your kitchen remodel pass the luxury white-glove test — all while keeping your bottom line in sight.
Here are four important aspects of kitchen construction that will boost the home’s quality — and your credibility.
1- Space Planning
Designing the kitchen space well from the very start can not only save you time and money, but will result in a more attractive and functional room. Maximize your budget by planning ahead, and enlist the help of a professional interior designer if necessary. Most of all, be sure the kitchen will comfortably accommodate all of the following needs:
- Food prep
- Any related activities
Make sure there is enough room for at least two people to move around, that open appliances won’t create bottlenecks, and that the distance between work centers is between 4 feet and 9 feet. (More guidelines about the “work triangle” and smart kitchen design are available from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.)
In addition to ensuring functionality, pay close attention to make sure the proportions of the cabinetry, countertops, and room appeal to the eye.
2 – Lighting
Showing the kitchen in the best possible light is both a literal and figurative necessity. A great option – and one that allows you to comply with requirements for high-efficiency luminaires – is to feature a few different types of lighting styles, each on a separate circuit.
For example, you might have:
Hanging lighting: The fixture (or fixtures) you choose as the focal point of the kitchen can entirely change the character of the space. Use a restored flea market chandelier to give the room a kitschy flair or rustic sensibility, or add industrial-style lampshades or pendants for an eclectic or modern presentation. Going for vintage chic? Bare Edison-style light bulbs are affordable and functional statement pieces.
Under-cabinet and/or soffit lighting: There are several ways to create this kind of attractive accent lighting. LED tape lighting, for instance, is inexpensive, flexible, water-resistant, energy-efficient, and available in a variety of colors.
3 – Brand Name Buzz
Keep an eye out for sales on fixtures and finishes so you can use top quality name brands without going over budget. A premium Miele or Bosch dishwasher may be expensive, but if you buy the floor model or get it on closeout, you can pick up some cachet for only a little cash.
Likewise, you don’t need to go overboard with the kitchen luxuries. For example, most of the backsplash can be covered with inexpensive white subway tiles but then accent the top edge with some stunning Ann Sacks tile. Not only do you need much less of the pricey material, you may be able to find enough batch ends or those with slight imperfections to do the job even more affordably.
By keeping your eyes open to sales and specials throughout the entire building process, you can nab some great deals on items to use in your fix and flip home.
4 – Creative Details
Clever and creative attention to detail offers that extra bit of oomph buyers love but don’t often see. In some cases, this could mean using a certain material creatively; in other situations, it may be just installing a fixture or fitting that isn’t available at any of the usual big box or home improvement stores.
For example, look for small items, such as unique cabinet knobs and pulls,- that you can buy abroad or from a specialty retailer. Seek out ways to use salvaged materials, like reclaimed wood or metal grilles. You might also find local artisans to create custom tile, lamp shades, light switch plates, outlet wall plates, and doorknobs.
By keeping an eye on current trends, learning from each job, and taking tips from the luxury remodeling experts, everyone wins – you, the homebuyer, and your company’s bottom line.
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