Design Choices that Pay Off

BlogAdmin2Friday, Mar 03, 2020

A well-designed home feature quality finishes, but which offer the best return on investment? From cabinetry to lighting to countertops, here’s a breakdown of design choices that pay off.

Shaker-Style Cabinets

Your cabinets not only have a huge impact on the look of your entire kitchen, they can also add a substantial amount of value to your home. Custom or semi-custom cabinets instantly elevate a kitchen and give it a high-end look, says Home Reno Direct owner Remon Hanoun. When choosing new cabinetry for your kitchen, Remon recommends Shaker-style cabinets in a white finish – a consistently popular pick among his clients. Shaker-style cabinets feature recessed panel doors and lend a traditional look that’s also favoured among many interior designers. Their simple lines can be dressed up with a playful patterned backsplash or elevated with polished brass hardware. Integrating glass fronts within the cabinet design can also help break up the solid look and give your kitchen an airy feel – it’s also a great way to display special items within your space.

If you want to go beyond white cabinets but still play it safe, keep the uppers white and integrate a neutral colour, such as grey, for the lowers. This two-toned cabinet look gives a modern, on-trend spin to an otherwise traditional kitchen space. If and when you decide to place your home on the market, the lowers can be easily sprayed white to reach a broader buyer base.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Get your kitchen lighting right and it’ll be an investment that pays off. Under-cabinet lighting makes a huge difference in a kitchen and gets owners a great return, says Remon. It’s not only a functional feature that makes food prep, cooking and recipe reading a breeze, it creates ambiance within a well-lit space. Under-cabinet lighting choices vary from puck lights to rope lights to bar lights and can be either connected to your power outlet or run on batteries. Puck lights are a great choice for targeted light and can be placed at various points under your cabinets, rope lights run along in bands for continuous low- to mid-level illumination, and bar lights offer a bright spotlight that covers a larger area than puck lights.

Quartz Countertops

Investing in quartz stone for both the kitchen countertop and bathroom vanities is a must, says Remon, who has seen a minimum $1.50 return on every dollar invested by his previous clients. Quart is a quality stone that gives you the look of marble for a lot less cost. It’s also harder and less porous than marble, which makes it durable and low-maintenance. Quartz comes in a variety of different colours and finishes that mimic the look of natural stone. The marble-look effect is still one of the most popular colour choices, adds Remon. Shades of slate grey and white are go-to neutrals for homes that see the best returns.

Walk-In Showers

Bathrooms with large walk-in showers are always a smart investment, says Remon. For homes that don’t have the square footage for a tub, a spacious shower with elegant tilework is the next best thing to help you achieve that spa feeling. Additional upgrades such as a custom glass door, rain head with handheld, and a niche within the wall that neatly houses toiletries, all adds extra value to your bathroom.

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