Insider: Kitchen Karma – What Earns the Biggest Reward in Kitchen Design?

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Insider: Kitchen Karma – What Earns the Biggest Reward in Kitchen Design?

During the holiday season, it is likely you will spend more time in the kitchen baking, rolling, roasting and poaching- and even if you don’t, spend some time in there assessing the form and functionality of your kitchen.

Kitchen renovations net a higher profit in resale than upgrading the basement or adding on to a deck. A 70% return on investment is the norm. In this edition of Insider, learn to spot fundamental must-haves in your kitchen (or ones you visit this holiday season). By the time the last turkey is stuffed, you’ll be a pro at determining good kitchen karma for earning top resale value on your investment.

Functional Forms
13 Waterside TerraceIt is important a kitchen incorporates both a workspace and a casual social space. While large kitchens are considered a symbol of status, home sellers should know that wise buyers will also look at layout. Ask yourself, “Is there a place to work?” Subtle demarcations, like an island or well placed breakfast table will create the notion of a workplace mixed with social space, adding functionality to even the most industrial kitchen. This look can be achieved by creating a breakfast area in the kitchen with built-in casual seating for a living room-like feel. The two spaces need to be fused together so they don’t look as if they are imposed on one other. Once the function of a kitchen is determined, simple accents will transform your kitchen to the social hub of the home, impressing buyers and likely netting a return of 75 to 80 cents back for every dollar you put into your kitchen at resale.

Illuminate
Light-filled spaces with lush fabric accents give homes the look of a European farm house. A chandelier placed over a kitchen island can add intimacy and scale to a room, but it should not compete with the dining room lighting. A sink with a view creates balance and harmony in the kitchen. If there’s no view, face the sink toward an open space, so that the guests and host might convene.
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Rustic + Elegant
Once isolated and often small, the cottage inspired kitchen has made a comeback in the modern home. Organically pleasing materials (marble countertops and wood) give a timeless look to the kitchen. By incorporating vintage accents with clean, contemporary finishes, the modern cottage kitchen look is effortlessly achieved.

Sleek + Sophisticated
106 Castle Pines DriveKeep current when picking a style. Know what’s popular in the neighborhood where you are selling your home. Will your contemporary kitchen feature glass, dramatic surfaces or have a linear feel? A modern kitchen features clean lines and minimal details, but still incorporates functionality. An elevated shelf behind a counter or a stove keeps things off the counter and keeps it looking clean and streamlined while still providing a functional storage space.

Regardless of your personal choices, design with a contemporary style in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to good kitchen karma for top home resale value year round.

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