Kitchen updates worth consideration in San Diego with the area’s top general contractor

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Updates worth investing in when remodeling your home
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What kitchen updates can you do if you are remodeling your kitchen?  And are these updates a good investment?  Here are some factors worth considering when talking with your general contractor at TNT.

If you are considering kitchen renovations, you probably have numerous ideas of new kitchen appliances and trends that would inspire your kitchen design.  An important part of designing a kitchen is deciding which kitchen updates on the market to include in your design and installation plan for your kitchen renovation.  

Before you get too far into kitchen renovations and before you spend a lot of money, it is important to consider if these kitchen updates will stand the test of time.  

Here are some kitchen updates that may or may not be worth your investment.

Pantry doors

Kitchen pantry doors can add sleekness and style to an open kitchen design.  However, kitchen pantry doors are often too high up on kitchen cabinets to be of much use.  They can also break easily and replacing kitchen pantry doors can cost hundreds of dollars.

Kitchen islands

Kitchen islands are a great idea for kitchens with staggered kitchen countertops – like L-shaped kitchen countertops .  While kitchen islands can be a great kitchen update, kitchen islands are expensive and require additional kitchen cabinet space.  In addition, kitchen islands often have large kitchen countertop surfaces, so they can get dirty very easily.  If you have kids or pets in the home, this could lead to an increased amount of kitchen cleaning time.  Make sure to plan the island and the space around it well.

Vanity kitchen cabinets

Vanity kitchen cabinetry are kitchen cabinets that are taller than they are wide.  They increase kitchen storage space, but at the cost of kitchen countertop space, since most kitchen countertops are 24 – 30 inches in width.  If you have the money to spend on one kitchen update with your kitchen renovation, kitchen kitchen vanity cabinets are not the most practical kitchen update.  However, kitchen vanity cabinets can offer a lot of storage space and they look very nice in an open kitchen design.

Glass kitchen cabinet doors

Glass kitchen cabinet doors can be a stylish kitchen update, but they also render your kitchen cabinets useless as storage space.  If you are looking for kitchen updates that offer kitchen storage space, kitchen cabinet doors with fuller panes of glass are a better kitchen update.  However, many homeowners find that cabinets with glass cabinet doors do not look aesthetically pleasing in their renovation plans.  You may want to consider another update if you only have one window in your kitchen.

Granite kitchen countertops

Granite kitchen countertops are a great update – especially if you want updates that will increase your value.  However, increases in kitchen costs and home costs for granite kitchen countertops can drive your budget sky high.  In addition, both marble and natural stone kitchen countertops require kitchen countertop sealing, kitchen countertop grout sealing and restoration each year to maintain their color and shine.

Tile kitchen backsplash

Kitchen tile backsplashes are a very popular update.  However,  tile does not stand up well in areas of high humidity, like the kitchen.   Kitchen  backsplashes can crack and grout tiles often get moldy, especially in kitchens with cabinets with glass cabinet doors .  If you want kitchen updates that will increase your kitchen value , kitchen tile may not be the way to go.

Laminate kitchen countertops

Laminate  kitchen countertops are kitchen updates that can add a cozy kitchen feel to your kitchen renovation.  However, laminate kitchen countertops will not increase the value of your kitchen and require sealing or continual replacement .

Glass doorknobs

Glass kitchen cabinet door knobs with brushed nickel finish look sleek and modern in an open kitchen design.  However, kitchen cabinet glass kitchen door knobs can break easily and replacements will be pricey.  If you want kitchen updates that are low-cost, kitchen glass kitchen door knobs are not for you.

Granite kitchen countertops

Granite kitchen countertops are a great kitchen update – especially if you want updates that will increase your value .  However, kitchen granite kitchen countertops are expensive.    In addition, both marble and natural stone kitchen countertops require  sealing, and restoration nearly every year. 

Hardwood flooring in kitchen

Hardwood kitchen flooring can change the look of your kitchen in a dramatic way.  In addition, kitchen hardwood kitchen floors bring warmth and beauty to your kitchen.   However, you should consider kitchen wooden kitchen floors as kitchen updates only if you intend to sell your home within 5-7 years or less.  In addition, kitchen wooden kitchen floors are not kitchen updates that will increase your kitchen value.  You may want to choose other updates instead.

If you are looking for more ideas on ways to update your kitchen or home, contact TNT Design & Build.  We have a remodeling process that is unique to the San Diego County area and look forward to helping you every step of the way while renovating your home.