Many say that the kitchen is the heart of every home, so it is often considered first when renovating. Families congregate here at meal times and bond over food with their guests. Kitchens can also serve as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and contribute the most to potential resale value.
Kitchen reno tip 1: Install a water filtration system — One of the easiest things you can do is install a water filtration system for drinking water that comes from the tap.
This project encourages drinking more water, which adds to a healthy lifestyle. Most potential homebuyers will appreciate having a filtration system already installed.
Installing a water filter is a simple do-it-yourself project for those with even little plumbing knowledge. If you don’t have the tools or time to install one yourself, a plumber can easily do it for you in a few hours.
Reverse osmosis water filtration systems certified by the CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association) can be found at most major home improvement stores. These systems use various methods to clean up chemicals, bacteria and other impurities that make their way into the water supply.
Kitchen reno tip 2: Upgrade your appliances — Your grandmother’s old stove may no longer be a wise item to keep around. Many new appliances are sturdy and much more energy efficient. If you have appliances that are more than 10 years old, such as dishwashers and fridges, you may want to consider replacing them.
Advances in technology have given us quieter, conservation-focused products that can also save money. Manitoba Hydro offers rebates for those who are looking to retire old fridges or freezers and replace them with Energy Star designated products. Additionally, the amount of money saved on utilities can really add up over the long term.
Kitchen reno tip 3: Upgrade (or add more) counter space — One of the biggest gripes about kitchens is old countertops or a lack of counter space. Many homes were built with only the bare minimum requirements in mind. Consider upgrading your countertops to an attractive, modern material such as granite, quartz or even laminate.
Also, removing a cabinet or rethinking your countertops and other surfaces can be a dream come true for someone who loves to cook. Cooking is far less stressful when there is plenty of elbow room.
These renovations can result in a great boost to your health, wallet and well-being — not to mention to your home’s resale value.