When I meet a new remodeling client, inevitably the issue of resale value creeps into the conversation. It’s understandable issue. We often think of resale value when we purchase cars and probably had the same thought when we purchased our home.
I’m certain that you have seen houses that were built for resale value: beige walls with white tile and white cabinets that have no convenience features. You may even own one.
Value is more than resale. We usually choose a car we think looks good and gives the function we need – picking up groceries or children at soccer practice. The value equation for a car purchase is a balance of aesthetics, function and resale.
Kitchen design is a very similar balancing of needs and wants. The kitchen should be a reflection of the owner and how the family lives. Kitchens (and bathrooms) are work areas. They should be built with the architecture of the house, style of the owners, and function in harmony.
A gourmet cook may want the kitchen to function differently that a busy family of five. A homeowner that entertains often for business may need a different kitchen lay out than empty nesters who want a quiet nook to read the paper in the morning. And then there are the appliances, storage considerations, lighting … and the list goes on and on.
The value of being able to live in your kitchen comfortably and enjoy the space is as important, if not more important, than resale value. And it’s a fairly safe bet that if you enjoy the space, so will any future owner.
When remodeling your kitchen, remember to not only think of the future, but the value and enjoyment you will receive today.