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The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home. Many families spend most of their time in the kitchen, whether making dinner, eating together, or spending quality time. A beautifully designed kitchen is an important part of your home, not only for functionality but for the overall value of your home.

The Basics of Kitchens

There is no hiding that kitchen remodels can be expensive. Most kitchen models cost $25,000 or more. If you opt for a full remodel, you can expect the following to be included—or at least considered—in the final design:

  • Appliances
  • Backsplash
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Paint 

A kitchen refresh can be less expensive than a complete kitchen remodel because the refresh focuses on updating essential kitchen features without moving plumbing, electrical, or major cabinetry. If you want to save money and update parts of your kitchen yourself, there are some updates that you can make on a budget, such as:

  • Installing an updated kitchen faucet
  • Installing a feature wall
  • Installing a new backsplash
  • Painting cabinets
  • Painting walls
  • Replace broken appliances with used ones
  • Updating cabinet fixtures
  • Updating kitchen lighting

Kitchen design and trends continue to evolve. To stay on track with new trends and to professionally design a kitchen, some homeowners even opt to hire a professional designer to choose kitchen finishes and create a kitchen design that complements itself.

Many homeowners also choose to have a professional contractor update their kitchens. If you are interested in a kitchen remodel or want to learn more about ways to increase your home value with minor kitchen updates, check out the resources below. 

The Meyers family kitchen after the renovation.

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