As the year is winding to a close, and we are seeing Christmas decorations slowly creeping their way into shops on the high street, now is a good time to consider what the year ahead holds in terms of DIY and home improvement projects. After the festive period, you tend to see a spike in the number of people who undertake changes to their homes and one of the main trends that come up is an update to the kitchen.
As you would expect, property experts identify the condition of the kitchen as closely related to the overall value of a home. If people are wanting to invest in a kitchen refurb, it’s easy to see the long-term benefits, especially now that there are so many options available for all budgets and sizes. Here are a few things that have come into style with new kitchens over the past couple of years.
There was a time in the late eighties where it was considered stylish to show off your flashy kitchen appliances, bet it a Breville Toaster, a microwave, or indeed a dishwasher. Today, there has been more of a trend towards minimalism, and the humble dishwasher has moved with the times.
There is a range of options for kitchens of all sizes, but one intriguing development has been the introduction of the slimline unit, that takes up less room and can be fitting with a matching cupboard door to blend in with the rest of the room.
Obviously, this next innovation is based on space and layout, but we have seen a resurgence in the popularity of standalone kitchen islands over the last few years. Where we might have had these fitted with stools to form a type of breakfast bar, many of us are opting to use a kitchen island to place a sink, as this leaves more room across the rest of the worktops. There are plumbing requirements that have to be considered if you want to fit a water outlet in the centre of the room.
While this was once the reserve of the very top of the line kitchens and homes, recent years have seen an increase in the adoption of underfloor heating. Indeed, as with any other improvements you make, underfloor heating adds value to your home as it is something more of us are looking for as a feature.
There are a number of options that work in different ways, each with their own individual benefits and budget requirements. Plumbers are having to become more specialised to be able to fit this relatively new feature, and every home will have a unique solution for implementation. It can be an expensive job installing this type of heating, so being able to provide an accurate budget is vital.
We are always going to see various trends and styles coming in and out of fashion when it comes to a kitchen remodel. Advances in technology have allowed us to push the envelope further than ever before with regards to what the customer wants. The money invested is worthwhile in the long-term, however. Especially when it comes to selling.