If you expect to sell your home within a few years, living with an outdated kitchen is a conundrum. Do you invest in a remodel or make do?
The ideal solution for homeowners in this predicament is to update the kitchen to one that can be enjoyed now and will also attract potential buyers in the future. Given the choice of materials available today, it is possible to make the changes you desire and to stay within a reasonable budget.
Cosmetic re-do or complete overhaul? A cosmetic candidate might be a 50s or 60s kitchen with a functional layout and cabinetry in good condition. In this case, look for ways to update finishes and surfaces to refresh the dated look like painting out the cabinets and updating the hardware. Inexpensive choices that give it a fresh and new look to an outdated space.
Make a list of priorities and choose materials according to a budget. Today, choices abound, you could spend $200 or $2,000 on a sink alone. Your priorities and your budget should dictate your material selections. Shop wisely and where necessary, replace expensive materials with lower-cost look-alikes such as a laminate countertop instead of granite.
Update the lighting. A sure-fire way to freshen up a kitchen is to update the lighting. You can show off quality cabinets and increase the light on kitchen working surfaces by replacing central fluorescent fixtures with recessed lighting, positioned just out from cabinets. Pendulum fixtures over a kitchen island are also a great update.
These small changes can make quite an impact to a space that is the most used room in the house.