Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Calm cooking: relaxing kitchens are inby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Cooking should be a relaxing, almost meditative activity. When you come home from a long day at work, the cold function of wall-to-wall stainless steel isn't calming, nor is the notion that your newly remodeled kitchen cost half as much as your entire house. This might sound like common sense, but for years trophy kitchens have been all the rage. In the wake of countless cooking reality shows and a recession, America's kitchens are calming down.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the average 2013 kitchen remodel costs nearly $4,000 less than what it did in 2012, declining from $51,050 to $47,308. Showing further evidence of this trend, Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report 2013 shows that the more expensive kitchen remodels have lower returns on the initial investment:
One of the biggest mistakes people make when remodeling a kitchen is going with the latest fad, regardless of how misguided -- linoleum over hardwood floors in the 1950s or the ostentatious, outdoor Tuscan kitchen that appears surgically transplanted from an Italian villa into your American suburban home. The latest trend toward simplicity and practical function, however, is one you're less likely to regret following, whether you're looking to sell in the next few years or you just want a nice place to play chef. Specific elements trending this year include the following:
Talk to a bonded, licensed and insured* contractor like those in our network of pre-screened professionals about making your kitchen a calming place to cook and hang out; and take solace in the fact that practical and calm are totally in this year.
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About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.