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How To Make a Smart Investment In Your Kitchen Cabinetry

Written by Kerrie Kelly, ASID Posted On Monday, 16 February 2015 15:13

At an average of $50,000, a kitchen remodel is a major undertaking. A good return on that investment means different things to different people. You may be considering resale value, your bank balance at the moment, the elements of your dream kitchen-or all of the above. Whatever the case, kitchen cabinets are a key component of every remodel.

In order to make the best choices for your particular needs and desires, and to make an investment of time and money that really pays off, a little homework is in order. Let's get you started with a little background on the basics that will have you making decisions with confidence and cooking in style.

Talk to the Pros

When it comes to considering the return on investment for remodels, you're really talking about what your home will sell for after that remodel is complete. No one will be able to answer that question better than real estate professionals and professional interior designers who work in your neighborhood. Consult with at least one of each to find out what finishes and extras other clients in your area are looking for, and what they're willing to pay for those amenities.

Start With a Great Floor Plan

So much happens in the kitchen-a good floor plan can really help you direct activity flow in that high-traffic space. Buyers are looking for their dream kitchen, and they are surprisingly informed about what makes a good floor plan. Make sure your cabinets are conveniently placed for maximum accessibility. Whether that's surrounding the refrigerator with floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets, or giving up some cabinet space in order to mount the oven on the wall, think carefully about how you operate in the space. Where are the prep, cooking and cleaning zones in your kitchen, and how will cabinetry best serve them?

Keep It Simple

Any real estate agent will tell you that, if resale value is a consideration in your remodel, you should avoid ornate or trendy styles and finishes. Go with light colors and finishes and simple, timeless hardware and fixtures. While some ultra modern designs are also super simple, remember that "ultra modern" is, by definition, a trend that will change over time. Shaker style cabinets are a good example of modern, timeless and simple design. They look great in kitchens from American traditional to contemporary European. The important advantage of simple is that it tends to be more affordable, which means it's much easier to recoup that investment.

Make a Good Match

Of course, open floor plans are very desirable right now, so that's definitely a consideration to make if your remodel budget will allow it. If you're already working with an open floor plan, be sure that your new cabinets are faced with doors that complement the design style and finishes in the areas of the house that are open to the kitchen. Here again, simple, light finishes really pay off. If you've got contemporary built-ins in the family room off the kitchen, or a traditional media center that takes up some major real estate, make sure the kitchen cabinets fit the style.

It's All in the Details

With kitchen remodels, it really is all in the details. One thing buyers today are willing to pay for are those little extras that make cooking and cleaning a much more pleasant affair. Roll-out drawers are definitely worth consideration and are really not the budget buster most of our clients expect them to be. A vertical, pull-out pantry near the fridge or cook top is another favorite, as are quiet-close drawers. We love the look and warmth of under-cabinet lighting, which also makes for great task lighting. And while glass front cabinets are not for everyone, if you do make that choice, be sure to go the extra mile with interior lighting-it makes the kitchen a show stopper.

The Nitty Gritty

Now you've got a sense of the choices and amenities available and those that buyers are currently looking for. But when it comes to a return on your remodel investment, what should you look for in the cabinets themselves-high-end for the high rollers or down-and-dirty to make that sale? It's true that you can see the difference in upscale cabinetry created from specialty woods, but most buyers aren't expecting that extra. On the other hand, you don't have to be a real estate agent or designer to spot cheap cabinetry, and buyers definitely don't want to walk into a kitchen they know they'll have to remodel themselves.

In our experience, there are lots of quality, mid-range cabinets out there that give you the best chance of making your money back. You need cabinets with the design and craftsmanship that allow you to offer those quiet-close drawers and sliding shelves in the cabinets, and finishes that work with all kinds of design styles.

What are you looking for in your next set of kitchen cabinets?

Award winning interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, writes for The Home Depot about what kitchen remodel features will give you the most resale value. For more info on kitchen cabinets like the ones Kerrie talks about in this article, visit the Home Depot here.


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  • Comment Link Ted Smith Friday, 29 May 2015 14:34 posted by Ted Smith

    I agree that in order to make the best choice when it comes to kitchen renovation, you should talk to the professionals. They have done countless other renovations and they can help you make your dream kitchen a reality. My parents just renovated their kitchen and they did just that with their contractor. Plus, professionals will be able to offer some ideas as well that you might like.

  • Comment Link Delores Lyon Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:48 posted by Delores Lyon

    Thanks for sharing this advice on picking the right kitchen cabinets! I agree that it is important to talk to a professional for their input. They know which materials last, and which don't, so it doesn't hurt to at least talk to one. However, I also agree that it is important to pick cabinets that match well with your kitchen to make sure everything looks good. http://www.caliberkitchens.com.au/products

  • Comment Link Delores Lyon Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:48 posted by Delores Lyon

    Thanks for sharing this advice on picking the right kitchen cabinets! I agree that it is important to talk to a professional for their input. They know which materials last, and which don't, so it doesn't hurt to at least talk to one. However, I also agree that it is important to pick cabinets that match well with your kitchen to make sure everything looks good.

  • Comment Link Zach Wednesday, 27 May 2015 17:59 posted by Zach

    Matching your cabinets with the rest of the room is pretty important. I honestly think that details matter like that because they can make your kitchen have a nice flow and color tone or completely throw it off. I think one of the biggest things that you should pay attention to is detail. It is one of the few times it actually matters. http://www.caliberkitchens.com.au/products

  • Comment Link Zach Wednesday, 27 May 2015 13:09 posted by Zach

    I like that you say to just keep it simple. I think that people try to over complicate the cabinetry in their kitchens in hopes that it will add value to the house. In some cases this is true, but you don't have to buy the top of the line to add value. There are some really simple things you can do to add value. One of these is by being simple and just staying with the modern trend or the colors people are wanting to find in their cabinets. http://www.glscustomcabinetry.com/Custom_Cabinets_Wet_Bars_Perkasie_PA.html

  • Comment Link Kent Nelson Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:58 posted by Kent Nelson

    This is a really helpful article, and I really like the kitchens that you have pictured. I had no idea that kitchen remodeling costs so much. Hopefully we will be able to get ours done for cheaper than that. One of the main things that I need to get done, is getting the cabinets replaced. Our old cabinets have been needing to be replaced for a really long time. I don't know what we are going to get installed, but I can't wait until it is done.

  • Comment Link Alex Jennings Monday, 18 May 2015 16:16 posted by Alex Jennings

    I loved the kitchen cabinets you showed in your second picture! The idea of having space in my kitchen thrills me! Those cabinets are simple, and they look great with the kitchen countertops.

    Alex Jennings | http://www.auroragraniteandquartz.ca

  • Comment Link sean Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:22 posted by sean

    I like your suggestion to talk to real estate professionals before deciding on new kitchen features. I think that many people go with what is in style, or what they like when they are planning a remodel. It is definitely worth it to find out what will actually add the most value to your home.


  • Comment Link Julie Myers Thursday, 07 May 2015 19:14 posted by Julie Myers

    I would really like to fix up my kitchen and it sounds like getting good cabinets is really important for the remodel. I would like to make sure that it ends up looking really nice, so it would be really great to look at different types of cabinets. Your suggestion to talk to professional designers and contractors is really helpful. By doing this, I am sure that I will be able to get some good suggestions on what will be best. Thank you for the great advice on this subject! http://www.kitchencabinetsbathroomspa.com/Remodeling-Services-Murrysville-PA.html

  • Comment Link Wally West Friday, 01 May 2015 14:25 posted by Wally West

    I agree that investing money into your kitchen is a good investment. My wife and I have been looking into getting some new cabinets for our kitchen, because we have been doing some remodeling. I have been working on making some changes in the kitchen, but I need a professional to come in and install some good cabinets.


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