4 Elements That Add Value to Your Kitchen
Kitchens sell houses, but understanding which features and fittings buyers really want can be the difference between over-capitalising and getting a great price.
Graeme Metcalf, from Dan Kitchens in Sydney, says home owners looking to update their kitchen should focus on four key areas.
Metcalf says butlers’ pantries, appliance choice, cabinet height and benchtop surface selection all play a role when it comes to selling a home.
1. Butlers’ pantries aren’t just a fad
“A butlers’ pantry or scullery can cost almost the same as the kitchen itself and take up valuable floor space. It’s something you’d only consider in a large home, and is usually only achievable in new homes – but they are certainly not a fad,” Metcalf says. “There is a steady adoption of open-plan living and entertaining in this country, so having a scullery means you can hide all the messy stuff, while keeping your kitchen pristine,” he says.
2. Appliance size matters
When it comes to appliances, home owners don’t need to be slaves to brands, Metcalf says.
“Choosing premium brand appliances is somewhat important, but most people are not familiar with kitchen brands, as they only tend to research them on average once every decade,” he says.
“What is more important is the types of appliances you choose. For instance, a 60cm freestanding oven is considered old-fashioned, but if you design your kitchen around a 90cm freestanding oven, it is universally more appealing and practical,” Metcalf says.
3. Cupboard height is vital
Storage in a kitchen is vital and there’s an easy way to get it, Metcalf says. “Most people don’t realise that kitchens can be built to whatever height you desire and not just a standard 2140mm high,” he says. “Not only do you provide more storage (with taller cupboards), but it’s one of the most visual differences between a budget kitchen and a high-end kitchen.”
4. Go natural on benchtops
“Natural stones such as Calacatta, Statuario and Carrara are incredibly popular for benchtops, but are often out-of-reach from a cost standpoint and can be extremely hard to look after,” Metcalf says. “New to the market are a range of natural-looking engineered stone materials that are cheaper and significantly more robust than the products they imitate. Consider using the same material for the splashback.”
Source: Erin Delahunty, Realestate.com.au