Similar to everything else in our world, homes don't last forever. While some living spaces appreciate, or increase, in value over time due to neighborhoods becoming more desireable to live in or having updated homes nearby, the majority of homes depreciate in residual value over time. To help combat eroding home values, many homeowners engage in home improvement activities highlighting a growing trend in the industry.
Overall sales among home improvement stores in 2019 is projected in excess of $400 billion, proving that homeowners desire to continually update their homes over time to increase the overall value and desirability of their long-term investment.
Kitchens provide a much needed focal point for most homes. They often depreciate faster than other areas, much to the dismay of homeowners. Here are five innovative DIY ideas you can accomplish over a few weekends without calling for professional help.
Microwave Going Up...On a Tuesday...
...or any day, for that matter. Create a cubby to store your microwave directly above your oven. Look to replace existing, above-stove cabinets to find ample space for your microwave.
Try Quartz Over Granite
While granite is one of the most sought-after means of remodeling kitchens, it's also one of the most expensive. Single slabs of finished granite can cost thousands of dollars. According to K&D, Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite, but are more flexible, non-porous (meaning they don’t require sealing), and are stain-resistant. Like granite, however, these countertops are incredibly heavy.
Virtually every kitchen has two rows of cabinets - one directly above the floor, and one closer towards the ceiling. In most cases, these cabinets are the same color and style.
Tuxedo cabinets are a popular kitchen trend where the bottom and top rows feature different paint colors, finishes or design elements. Aim for painting the bottom row darker than the top, making your ceilings look taller than they actually are.
Unify Your Color Scheme
Kitchens that are designed well have appliances, counters, cabinets, and flooring that match and are aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately for you, it's not necessary to purchase everything brand new for your kitchen make over. Instead, paint cabinets, finish wood surfaces, and stain tiles for your newfound color scheme. All necessary materials to complete your color makeover project can be found here.
Get a New Sink and Faucet
It's easy to go overboard when refurbishing your kitchen. Rather than concentrating on countertops, appliances, flooring, cabinets, and color schemes; consider sprucing up your sink and faucet. These items are cost effective, and they're easy to install. Simply cut out the old one, attach the water connections, and caulk to seal out water.
Many home improvement tasks are expensive and time-consuming. Luckily for you, these five kitchen refurb ideas can be done all by yourself, without requiring contractors' help.