Kitchen Renovations That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

Making some updates to your kitchen can make your home so much more livable. Kitchen upgrades can also increase your home value and make your home easier to sell in the future. However, there is a downside to kitchen renovations: they're expensive. If your budget is somewhat limited, here are a few upgrades that offer you the most bang for your buck.

1. Upgrade laminate counters.

Laminate counters are the first thing to get rid of if your kitchen has them. They tend to stain and develop burn marks easily, the surface gets worn, and they simply look cheap. Granite counters are the premier replacement option, but they are expensive. If you need to replace your laminate counters more affordably, consider concrete counters. They are rugged, durable, and custom-poured right in your home, but they are much more affordable than granite. 

2. Change cabinet hardware.

If your cabinets are still in good shape, there's really no reason to replace them. You can give them a whole new look by just replacing the hardware. Brushed nickle pulls and chrome hardware are both very stylish right now. If your kitchen has a country or cottage-like vibe, round, white pulls can give it a new look.

3. Add task lighting.

Most kitchens designed prior to the 2000s featured just one or two overhear lights. You'll be surprised how much different the space looks if you add just a little task lighting. A few pendant lights hanging over a kitchen island and strip lights under the cabinets make it easier to see what you are doing in the kitchen, and they also add character to the room since they make decor in these areas stand out. For something extra special, you can put your new lights on a dimmer switch.

4. Upgrade your appliances.

If you do not want to have to hire a contractor, you could even just replace the appliances in your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are very trendy and will give your whole kitchen a more modern look. Choose energy-efficient models, and you'll save on your energy bills. Energy-efficient appliances are also more appealing to buyers if you happen to sell your home.

Renovating your kitchen does not have to mean tearing down the walls and cabinets, and starting over from square one. You can make the more affordable changes above and enjoy a more functional, desirable, and appealing kitchen space with the help of companies like Reality Construction LLC.