If you’re a homeowner, you’ve likely heard this before: someone you know just had their kitchen renovated. But, have you ever wondered why that’s the case? Why is it that new homeowners tend to renovate their kitchen first and foremost, before embarking on any other major home project?
Well, as it turns out, renovating your kitchen is one of the best decisions you can make after buying a new home.
Recently, Empire Today wanted to know what homeowners were renovating, and why. Turns out, it was mostly kitchens: 54 percent of homeowners in the survey said the kitchen was their last major improvement project. When asked why, most homeowners across the country said they wanted a “new look” in their house, and that the structures were worn out, or at the end of their natural lifespans. The kitchen needs to feel rejuvenated!
But there are other reasons why you’re thinking to remodel the kitchen. For one, you spend the most time in your kitchen—for that morning coffee, afternoon lunch, and to make dinner at night. So you’ll want that room to be perfect, and will more likely notice any imperfections there than other spaces in the house. Once it’s completed, you’ll feel more at home in your own home.
And finally, renovating your kitchen has the best resale value in the long run. You remember it well: any real estate broker is quick to point out the kitchen—the cabinet work, the modern appliances, and the amount of counter space. So a kitchen that really shines will likely catch your house a higher price tag years from now, when that time comes around.
6 Great Reasons To Remodel Your Kitchen
A kitchen remodel is a wonderful thing. Being one of the most-used rooms in a home, its also one of the most practical changes you can make. It’s easy to be jealous of friends who’ve indulged in a sleek, new kitchen design. If you’re looking for reasons to make a change in your own home, look no further. Here are six great reasons to remodel your kitchen.
1) A Case of Space
At some point, the kitchen became the most popular room at every party. Many homeowners feel that there is just not enough space to socialize and entertain guests. Other kitchens have plenty of room for people, but lack the counter or cupboard space that they desire. A remodeling can open up space in your kitchen that you never even thought was possible.
2) New Appliances
As technology improves, the time inevitably comes where you just can’t keep dealing with the same shoddy fridge or microwave. It makes a lot of sense to replace all of your appliances at once along with a comprehensive remodeling. Everything will match and fit perfectly with the surrounding woodwork. Modern appliances can also save a great deal of cash by being more energy efficient.
3) An Evolving Family
Only a parent can understand how terrifying certain aspects of a room can be when new children are brought into the home. A kitchen remodel can make the room much safer for the little ones. Accommodations can also be made for those on the other end of life, rearranging a kitchen to be more easily accessible for elderly residents.
4) Food Matters
Let’s not forget about the reason for a kitchen in the first place: food. Dietary changes might spur new priorities and needs when it comes time to cook. For example, someone on a strict raw food diet would have a totally different kitchen than that of a “meatetarian”. Even if you’ve just grown a knack for cooking, you might need to customize the kitchen a bit to hold special equipment and supplies.
5) Holes in the Wall
You’ve been slaving away in that room for your entire life. Maybe it’s time to knock a hole in the wall—in the form of a pleasant window of course. A new backyard deck or patio might call for a new door instead.
6) Time For A Change
Sometimes you just feel like making a change, and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, there are not many kitchens that resemble Alice Brady’s stomping grounds. Hey, you deserve to indulge every once in a while.
If you’re in the market for a kitchen remodel in the Western New York area, call us today and ask about our $1,200 discount.
The Different Kitchen Flooring Options
When you’re remodeling your kitchen, there are several decisions that have to be made. Cabinets and countertops often get the most attention, but your kitchen flooring is just as important. With so many options, though, you may find it hard to narrow down the right kind of flooring. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide detailing each of the main kitchen flooring options:
Ceramic tiles are known for their aesthetic flexibility, as they come in a variety of colors, patterns, sizes, shapes, and mosaics. Made from natural clay, these are an extremely durable type of flooring that can stand up to almost anything your kitchen throws at it. They are, however, cold, which can be uncomfortable without socks in the winter months.
Unlike ceramic tile, hardwood floors are warm and comfortable underfoot—a good option during our long, Buffalo winters. Hardwood is also extremely durable, but since it is wood, you’ll want to be careful with big spills.
Natural stone tile
Natural stone tile is as hard as a rock—literally—so it’s bound to last a long time. It comes in a variety of options (marble, granite, limestone, slate, and sandstone, to name a few), but beware that they are porous materials, so they’ll need to be annually treated.
Linoleum is made from cork powder and linseed oil, so it’s extremely eco-friendly. It’s also resilient and moisture-resistant, but it is susceptible to staining.
The most inexpensive and versatile kitchen flooring option out there, vinyl is a solid option if you’re on a budget. It resists stains, water, and (most) damage, but keep in mind that it will begin to show signs of wear and tear after about ten years of constant use.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then cork flooring may be for you. That’s because cork is soft and springy, making it easy and comfortable on our feet. It’s also waterproof, slip-resistant, and durable, added bonuses for the chef of the house.
Bamboo floors have become a hot item in recent years. They’re extremely durable (more so than hardwood) and they come in a variety of colors, sizes, textures, and patterns. They’re also water-resistant but similar to hardwood, you should wipe up big spills immediately to prevent damage.
If you are interested in a quote on a custom kitchen remodeling project, please contact or complete our request for estimate for and a member of our team will reach out to you.
New Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets
Make your kitchen shine again with contemporary countertops and cabinets and redesign awkward spaces to suit your preferences perfectly. Your old kitchen is a blank page and you can recreate the layout, features, look and feel to make your own signature masterpiece. From complex electrical and plumbing changes to subtle refinishing, our contractors’ years of experience and knowledge make every job, large or small, a complete success. Your redesigned gem will maintain its captivating shine and functional efficiency for many years of Thanksgiving feasts, birthdays, family gatherings, romantic dinners and more.
Check out our Complete Guide To Choosing Kitchen Cabinets