A kitchen revamp can be costly, with the median price of a remodeling job coming in at $60,000. Homeowners who go with the latest trend often find that it starts to look dated in a few years, but some ever-popular kitchen styles are more likely to retain their value over time. They’re also a good choice for home flippers who plan to sell quickly since not all homebuyers want “the latest thing.”

HouseLogic, a home improvement website by the National Association of Realtors®(NAR), offers ideas to future-proof a kitchen if you have an eye on future home value:

  • Stick with white
    White has remained the top choice of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey for years. “It’s a bright color that reflects light and makes even small kitchens feel larger,” notes HouseLogic, adding that white appears to be the “most marketable color” in the kitchen.
  • Hardwood flooring
    More than half of home shoppers who purchased a home without hardwood floors say they would have paid an extra $2,080 for them, according to the NAR’s Home Features Survey. Overall, 80 percent of buyers say hardwood flooring is “somewhat” or “very important.” Hardwood flooring can pair well with any kitchen style too, from traditional to the most contemporary styles.
  • Shaker-style cabinets
    These frame-and-panel design cabinets have a look that stand the test of time. “In a kitchen with a timeless look, you want the cabinets to be part of the backdrop,” says Alan Zielinski, a former president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “You don’t want to be overpowered. You’re looking for plain, simple, clean lines.”
  • Carrara marble countertops
    This classic surface material has lacy graining and subtle white colors that pair well with any kitchen. It’s also readily available and less expensive than higher-end alternatives, like quartz, HouseLogic notes.
  • Subway tile backsplashes
    Classic subway tiles are white, 3-by-6-inch rectangles. They’ve grown popular in kitchens and baths. A neutral or white-colored subway tile used as a backsplash in the kitchen not only “looks classy” but also guards against moisture damage and is easy to clean, HouseLogic notes. “A subway tile backsplash and a marble countertop make a dashing couple that will stand the test of time,” HouseLogic notes.

Article provided by Florida Realtors Jan 16 2019. 


The photo is provided by: Kristen | Revival Home Designs @revival.farmhouse.  Her kitchen is stunning and she made all the right design choices. 

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