Get the most bang for your buck…Update those tired kitchens!

By: Laura Pardini – Realtor

Contributor’s website: City Style LA

 As a Realtor, I see a lot of inventory and I’m often asked what’s one of the best things that I can do to improve the value of my home?  Updating kitchens and baths can make a huge difference.  When we bought our town home in West Hollywood…the kitchen was the room that needed some t.l.c. – it was stuck in an 80’s time warp.  The white Formica cabinets were peeling and the appliances were outdated.  It just did not work with the dark mahogany finishes or the bohemian Spanish mix of old and new. This is the one room that people always tend to gravitate towards when you have company over.

We called in a designer to help us work within the footprint and make it feel warm and inviting. He decided that the bones were good, but it needed a face lift.  The cabinet boxes were refaced with new mahogany stained birch cabinet doors. He replaced all the counter tops with Caesar stone and also updated the island to function as a piece of furniture. 

The light fixture is the jewel of the kitchen.  I love the classic woven fabric that becomes the center piece to the room.  The back splash emphasizes the color and feel of the Spanish tiles.  The matte glass tiles add an interesting ribbed texture that works nicely as a contrast to the monochromatic underlying theme. 
We are extremely happy with the results of the remodel.  Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas came out for a photo shoot and did an article on it for their April 2012 issue, which is now on the news stands.  
“It’s this creative fusion of classic character and contemporary shimmer that makes this kitchen timeless in its appeal.”  – Ann Wilson of Better Homes Kitchen and Bath Ideas
Here are the Before and After Pictures of the remodel:

Following are the Takeaways that Ann Wilson wrote about in her column:

1) Symmetry creates a pleasing balance and gives a streamlined look to the space.
2) The back splash takes its color cues from the cabinets, floors and metal finishes.
3) Stainless-steel appliances and hardware introduce modern shimmer.
4) Extending the counter top on the island offers room to pull up some chairs.
5) A centrally placed pendant fixture highlights the island.

This remodel not only added value to our home, but it is also one of our favorite places in the house.  We spend more time than ever cooking and entertaining.  Thank you Ann Wilson for writing the piece and Mark Lohman for the amazing photos. 

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Contributor’s website: City Style LA

(image credits for magazine photos: Mark Lohman)

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