Home and Real Estate Weekly: Reconsider these choices when designing your kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the areas of a home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat and food spills add up quickly, so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal if you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid:

Cheap laminate counters: The bottom rung of laminate is extremely susceptible to wear and tear. It can melt if you forget to place a hot pad under a pan that’s fresh off the stove, and the edges can chip off from repeated exposure to moisture and heat.

Flat paint: A flat or matte finish is great in rooms with lower traffic, but it’s a bad idea in the kitchen, where the walls are regularly exposed to splatters and spills. You need paint that can withstand an occasional heavy scrubbing, so opt for gloss or semi-gloss finishes.

Trendy backsplash: If you watch any home remodeling shows, you’ve certainly seen kitchens with expensive, elaborate backsplash designs and materials. Those trends can be pricey to pursue, yet can look dated in a hurry. Subway tile is a cheaper, classic option that you’ll never regret — and you’ll have more room in your budget for quality materials elsewhere.

Cheap flooring: Just like the countertops, your kitchen floor needs to be strong enough to take some abuse. Cheap flooring easily scuffs and peels (especially from moisture). Quality flooring is worth the investment.

One Reply to “Home and Real Estate Weekly: Reconsider these choices when designing your kitchen”

  1. Cheaper options; there are very high quality laminate products and also renewable flooring products.
    If granite or quartz don’t fit your budget, shop around. There’s a couple excellent local contractors that specialize in installing these quality products and also have lots of color options.
    Concerning contractors, always get a few estimates in writing. Prices can very drastically.
    As a 20 year realtor, I’m always amazed at what thrifty clients can accomplish on smaller budget.

    **The above products are perfect for rental properties too. They look great and are durable.

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