Are you considering a kitchen reno project? Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so naturally it is often considered first when renovating. Families congregate here at meal times and bond over food with their guests. In addition, kitchens serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
If you still need convincing on why you may want to consider a kitchen reno, read on to learn the top tips for your kitchen reno. I’m sure you’ll find the reasons compelling enough to try to work these into your home improvement investment.
Indeed, a great kitchen reno can be a real jewel for connecting with family in a continually disjointed, scattered, and focus-deprived digital world. Not to mention, it’s great for resale value.
Kitchen reno tip 1: Install a water filtration system
One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner and for your family is install a water filtration system for drinking water that comes from the tap. Don’t forget to filter water going into refrigerators and any other appliances where water may be ingested.
This kitchen reno project is extremely important because it can vastly improve the quality of life for those living in the home by promoting health. As well, when it comes to selling your home, the homebuyers will imagine how much money they can save on bottled water.
Installing a water filter is very simple and can be done in a DIY fashion for those with little “know how.” If you don’t have the tools or time for it, a plumber can easily install the system in an afternoon. The best, most economical water filters are reverse osmosis systems. These use various substrates to clean up chemicals, bacteria, and other impurities that may make their way into the water supply.
Kitchen reno tip 2: Upgrade your appliances
Your grandmother’s old stove may no longer be a wise thing to keep around. Many new appliances are sturdy and much more energy efficient. If you have old appliances such as dishwashers and fridges, you may want to consider replacing them if they are over 10 years old.
Advances in technology have given us quieter, more energy-efficient products that can save money and keep the noise down. In some parts of Canada, tax credits are given to those who purchase energy-efficient appliances for the home. Additionally, the amount of money saved on utilities can really add up over the long term.
Kitchen reno tip 3: Upgrade counter space
One of the biggest gripes about kitchens is the lack of sufficient counter space. Many newer homes are built with only the bare minimum requirements in mind. If you’re a big fan of cooking, you may find that you spend a lot more time in the kitchen than most people.
Over time, all the trappings of a gourmet cook can really take a toll on counter space.
Removing a cabinet, rearranging, or adding on more counter space can be a blessing to someone who loves to cook. It makes cooking far less stressful when there is plenty of space to move around.
Get your kitchen reno on!
Consider the above tips for your next kitchen reno adventure. Upgrading counter space, getting new appliances, and installing a water filtration system will be a great boost to your health, wallet, and well-being, not to mention add to your resale value.
Jessica Stephens is a writer and consultant who regularly covers health and water quality-related topics. She advocates the use of reverse osmosis filter systems in the home for environmental and health reasons.