Kitchen Upgrades with Great ROI and Tons of Benefits

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Kitchen Upgrades with Great ROI and Tons of Benefits

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Helene McQuaide

Whether you enjoy cooking huge gourmet meals from scratch or your idea of cooking is heating up restaurant leftovers, your kitchen is probably one of the most used rooms in your home. If it’s unattractive or dated, you probably don’t want to spend much time there. Unfortunately, the things you don’t like about your kitchen may also turn off prospective buyers when it’s time to sell your home.

Choosing upgrades that make your kitchen more comfortable and functional and also offer a healthy return on investment is an excellent way to improve your home’s value. If you’re considering adding kitchen cabinets in Shadyside, or if you are interested in a complete kitchen to remodel in Peters Township, these upgrades offer plenty of benefits.

Updated Cabinets and Countertops

Although the mid-century modern style may be enjoying a resurgence, most buyers don’t want kitchen cabinets that look like they belong in a 1960s sitcom. Installing new cabinets and countertops is a simple way to modernize your kitchen, but it’s certainly not cheap. Depending on the materials you choose, cabinet upgrades can cost $5,000 to $15,000 or more. Despite the high costs, updating your kitchen is an excellent way to increase the value of your home.

For best resale value, choose solid wood cabinets with neutral finishes that offer innovative storage options, such as pot drawers, pantries and built-in wine racks. In recent years, granite has become the countertop material of choice for many homeowners, but it’s not the only upscale choice. Quartz, solid surface, marble, soapstone, recycled glass, wood and concrete countertops all offer durability, add interest to your kitchen and increase its value.


Flooring is an often-overlooked aspect of kitchen design that can greatly contribute to its value. Installing hardwood, laminate, cork, porcelain or stone floors is a simple way to make your kitchen look more modern. Choose flooring that not only looks good, but also fits your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, cork offers a more forgiving surface that is easier on your knees and feet, while hardwood remains one of the most popular flooring choices.

Open Floor Plan

Opening up your kitchen to create a modern floor plan is a good way to increase natural light, improve traffic flow and make your home more attractive to buyers. Before you start knocking down walls, make sure the new floor plan allows for easy integration with the surrounding spaces. If the project is done right, you won’t be able to where walls once stood.

New Appliances

Adding new appliances is a simple way to upgrade your kitchen. Stainless steel is still the most popular appliance finish, although slate, a silvery, matte finish is increasing in popularity. Slate offers the benefits of stainless steel but doesn’t show fingerprints. Whisper-quiet dishwashers that can wash both racks of dishes or just one rack, refrigerators that feature zone temperature controls and integrated digital display panels for internet surfing and induction ovens that cut cooking times all both make your life easier and increase the value of your home.

A major kitchen renovation can yield an ROI of up to 70 percent, making it an excellent way to improve your home’s value. If you’re interested in kitchen remodeling in Pittsburgh, PA or the surrounding areas, give us a call. We’ve helped countless homeowners create modern kitchens that increase the values of their homes.


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