Real Estate Tips: How to Upgrade Your Kitchen

by Kandy Klee, BPOR, SFR

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. In the next few articles we will explore the “jewelry” you choose for your kitchen.

granite kitchenCountertops, faucets, cabinetry, pulls and lighting are all ways to update your look. Although we like to think we will be in our home for many years, updates to the kitchen can help your home sell quickly and for more when you do need to sell. A lot has changed in the last 15 years in countertop offerings. The color and edge choice used to be the big dilemma. Now we also have several surface choices. To add interest and a custom look, consider choosing coordinating (instead of matching) materials for your counter, island counter and backsplash. This beautiful home at 30509 Sandtrap brown kitchenDrive in Agoura Hills (above) has done just that. The homeowners incorporated a beautiful speckled granite with a tiled backsplash.

If you aren’t ready to rip out countertops and have construction for several weeks, there are Granite Tranformations. These counters fit over your existing counters. You can find more information on these at Granite Transformations, 805-330-3000 or GTventura.com. Granite and granite tiles are probably the most popular in the Conejo area. Granite is a natural stone (not man made), resists staining and can handle heat. Speckled tans/browns set a neutral backdrop to fit a lot of decorating tastes. These reddish kitchencountertops are also good for hiding dirt! You can further customize the counter with matte or shiny finishes and a variety of edge details.

Speckled tans/browns set a neutral backdrop to fit a lot of decorating tastes. These countertops are also good for hiding dirt!  You can further customize the counter with matte or shiny finishes and a variety of edge details.

Concrete countertops can be very economical.  They lend a modern edge look and would be interesting on a wet bar or outdoor kitchenoutdoor kitchen.Recycled glass countertops can be customized with your color choices.  Like the speckled granite

sinkButcher block tops are an interesting option for a classic look.  They do have their downsides such as wear and stains. Perhaps consider them for a small island or kitchen desk top.

Next article we’ll explore different fixtures and finishes for your kitchen and give you a sneak peak to more homes in the Conejo Valley coming on the market. 


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