The old saying is very true. The kitchen really is the heart of the home - even if, in our case, it looks like we've been hosting one very long party.
But, does renovating your kitchen pay dividends when it's time to sell? Will it really add value to your home? Will it help to sell your home quicker?
|Image credit: By Mocolocco|
Yes I jest. A bit.
We put a new kitchen in the home I inhabited as a singleton with my overweight and sadly deceased cat Samson and we paid around £7,000 at the time. There were no new white goods, just cupboards and worktops. That was in 2008.
So, when we came across a showroom for one of the top kitchen manufacturing brands, I was intrigued to know how much a brand new kitchen would cost.
We wandered in whilst praying Ieuan didn't fall off the precariously high breakfast bar chairs and Caitlin didn't place an order with the staff for us (it's been known).
|We need to rip out the suspended ceiling and rethink storage|
Much as we love our current home, we are hoping to move up one more time in the next few years to a house which has a bigger room for Ieuan so I can't see the point in a whacking great investment like that when we are likely to leave it behind in the relatively near future anyway.
I used to think that adding a decent kitchen to a property might increase its value, but whilst it's certainly one of the most popular home improvements, I'm not sure that's true these day. Basements, loft conversations and extensions seem to be more popular improvements, together with adding extra light.
Either way, to install a brand new top of the range kitchen with a view to recouping the cost on the sale of the property seems to be risky. A better approach would be to make some minor upgrades such as replacing unit doors and tiles.
|Stuff everywhere - it might need more than just a few minor adjustments to the design|
The most important thing, I think, is to create an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and which caters to the need of the activities you undertake the most frequently.
I love the light, airy spaciousness of this kitchen, but the rustic cosiness of the one above. Light, neutral colours really open out the space.
I love the detail in the worktop and the light shades.The great thing about sites like Homify is that they help you to crystalise in your mind what really works for you in terms of design.
You can then carry on your research and carry out your project management according to the budget you have set aside - even though if the TVprogramme Grand Designs is anything to go buy, building in a safety net of an extra 20% or so would seem to be a good idea.
Our starting point is to get rid of the suspended ceiling and then we will start our redesign.
Just one of our many DIY projects this year.