Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Makeover time...

Who doesn't love a good makeover!?

With the economy in its current fragile state, I have found that more and more clients are choosing the face lift route when it comes to home projects rather than full demo/renovation. Particularly if you do not plan to stay in a property for the long haul, a face lift is the most cost effective way to makeover the space while ensuring full profit potential.

Whether you have just purchased a new home or you are preparing your property for sale... it is possible to completely makeover your space and take 10 years off of the finishes WITHOUT spending thousands and thousands of dollars.

The fact of the matter is, the kitchen is the heart of the home for most families and when it comes to selling a property... the kitchen is typically the deal MAKER or the deal BREAKER.

Whether you are planning to stay in your home or are trying to sell it, a “kitchen face lift” is one of the best investments you can make in your home. I typically suggest FIVE STEPS to my clients, to give their tired and dated kitchens:

...a fresh look and feel for a fraction of the cost:

1) Revitalize your cabinets
If your cabinets are in good shape and provide the layout and adequate amount of storage for your needs, consider repainting. For just the cost of a couple gallons of paint... this step is an INSTANT yet inexpensive makeover of your space...

If the style of your doors are so outdated that repainting will not do the trick, consider "refacing" or replacing the doors with a more contemporary style.

2) Examine your hardware
It's amazing how new hardware can transform your cabinets from bleak to chic. Larger home stores, like Home Depot and Lowes, sell stainless steel contemporary hardware for close to nothing. If you appreciate the style of your existing hardware, but the gold or brass finish screams frumpy... you may also want to consider repainting them. Repainting is a fast, easy, and inexpensive solution to outdated hardware...

3) Replace the countertops
Countertops have taken front stage over the past few years, when it comes to kitchen renovation. Luckily, there are many choices in countertop materials and the prices can vary widely from affordable (laminate- $15- $25 per sq ft installed) to the most recent trendy higher ends (concrete- $60- $80 per sq ft installed).

4) Install new fixtures
The final and possibly easiest finishing touch in a kitchen makeover is switching out the fixtures and faucet. Thanks to the larger home stores, like Home Depot or Lowes, homeowners have access to current, stylish fixtures at affordable prices. Consider a new faucet and light fixture to change the mood of your space for very little investment. Make sure that you choose a style that matches the overall style and finishes in your kitchen.

5) Replace/refinish your appliances
Have you been considering appliance replacement? In addition to the new appliances being more energy efficient, there is NO easier way to transform your kitchen than with new, stainless steel finishes. If you are on a budget and replacing the appliances is not an option... consider refinishing them with one of the new, state of the art appliance paints on the market. Though I am not sure that I am brave enough to repaint a refrigerator with them... I have had a handful of clients repaint their existing stove hoods and the final product was amazing!