Kitchen Upgrades to Give Your House an Advantage over the


By Keith Loria

Whether they are entertaining, creating new
recipes or sharing culinary ideas with their spouses, today’s homeowners are
spending more time in the kitchen than ever before. Not only can an updated,
professional looking kitchen make food preparation easy and even enjoyable,
spending some time and money in the kitchen before listing your home for sale is
a great way to get buyers interested in your home.

The first step in
making sure your kitchen is up to par is to upgrade to more durable products by
adding stainless steel kitchen sinks, refrigerators and ovens. Not only does
stainless steel resist scratches, it is also easy to maintain.

“Stainless steel, as it is a neutral color, is easy to match with just
about any modern kitchen décor. These appliances usually come in a high-shine,
mirror finish or a less bright, but still beautiful, brushed stainless steel
finish,” said Lenore Anders, an associate for Kitchens of Colorado, a kitchen
showroom. “Stainless steel can withstand very hot and very cold temperatures,
making the material ideal for appliances. Unlike plastic or ceramic, stainless
steel does not break easily, even if dropped. Stainless steel may dent, but it
will not shatter or chip the way other materials will.”

Some home
designers recommend wood cabinets as a way to contrast, complement and even add
a warm, organic element to kitchens with stainless steel appliances. A nice
backsplash can also do wonders.

For those looking for rich color along
with durability, cast iron is a good alternative for sinks. If you have the
room, you may want to think about adding additional sinks. Not only will
multiple sinks simplify the cooking process, it also allows for better cleanup
and organization.

Another great amenity for the kitchen is a pot filler,
or an extendible faucet that can be installed next to your stovetop or prep sink
for easy water access.

For the home chef who wants a professional place
to cook, granite and quartz are the leading choices for countertops, especially
for pastry chefs seeking an expansive workspace and a cool surface for rolling
out dough.

If you’re looking to make food preparation even easier,
moveable cutting boards, rinsing baskets and various trays and receptacles will
help get the job done quickly and properly.

Whether you’re updating your
kitchen for your enjoyment or to help your house stand out among the
competition, these ideas can do wonders in opening up the eyes of a potential

To learn more about kitchen upgrades, contact our office today.