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Of all the improvements you can make to your home, the best return on the investment you can make comes straight from the kitchen. The price tag can range from $5,000 to $27,000 depending on whether a face-lift or total remodel is desired. Knowing where to save money allows the homeowner to spend money on other areas that are of greater significance. We’ll fill you in on which areas you can get the most bang for your buck in so that you can still achieve what you have in mind all while saving a grander portion for the areas that truly matter.
*An important reminder before giving the green light is to be certain that the floor plan works for the family. Changing it later will end up costing more. Once you’ve confirmed that the floor plan is suitable for the entire family, you may then start brainstorming and weighing out your bountiful options.*
One area we suggest not to skimp on is health safety. If your home is older it may need to be checked and tested for asbestos, mold, and ventilation issues. Be sure to get certificates of completion where necessary. Better safe than sorry!
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Flooring and lighting are two areas where homeowners have the opportunity to save some serious money. Although hardwood flooring is beautiful in the kitchen, it can be a costly mistake if a water leak occurs under the dishwasher or refrigerator. A fantastic alternative to real hardwood is wood-look porcelain tiles. As you can tell by our previous posts, we’re huge advocates of porcelain tiling. It can be used for the flooring as well as the backsplash. Porcelain is a less costly choice compared to hardwood and there are thousands upon thousands of styles to choose from. We mention these features quite often as they are major deciding factors for homeowners who are looking for luxury tiles at a lower cost. Flooring & tile showrooms such as ours (in Fairfax, VA) can help you design an area of interest with high-end tile, such as over the cooktop, and surround it with an economical tile for the rest of the backsplash.
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Lighting goes a long way when used correctly in a kitchen setting. They’re equivalent to a nice set of diamond earrings that finish off a polished outfit. There are lighting fixtures that cater to and complement all types of kitchen styles (contemporary, traditional, modern, transitional, etc.). Big box retail stores carry a variety of lighting styles that are stylish with an emphasis on the budget conscious consumer. The different types of lighting fixtures are as follows:
Make sure to choose a nicer faucet for the kitchen sink as well as quality cabinets and countertops. Consider semi-custom cabinets to eliminate wasted space. If you fancy the idea of natural stone countertops then we would recommend going with either a granite or a quartzite. Natural stone is more affordable now than in the past and provides a great finishing touch for any kitchen remodel. As natural stones are porous they will require a bit of maintenance. They need to be sealed at least once or twice a year in order to avoid bacterial growth, staining, scratching, and etching. Marble, although elegant and luxurious, is one natural stone we would throw caution to due to its susceptibility to stains and scratches. Any of these options would contribute beauty and value to a home, it just depends on the amount of maintenance each one requires & whether or not it would affect your day to day schedule.
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If you’d rather not meddle with maintenance at all then quartz is the countertop choice for you. Not to be confused with quartzite, quartz is an engineered material made of quartz crystals bound together by resin. Since quartz is non-porous it is much more durable and extremely scratch & stain resistant in comparison to natural stone. The best part? – It requires virtually no maintenance because of said features. Quartz selections offer a wide array of realistic natural stone-looking slabs. It is less expensive compared to most real marble slabs so it’s easy to believe why more and more homeowners are happily choosing quartz for their kitchens nowadays.
If you have questions about our store’s extensive selection of natural stone tile, natural stone slabs, porcelain tile, glass tile and mosaic tile, call Stone Tile Liquidators: 1.877.770.TILE or contact us via email.ad
If you’re located in Northern Virginia, visit our Fairfax, VA tile showroom and shop our affordable natural stone tiles and slabs as well as our marble, porcelain, glass and mosaic tile selection. Also receive expert advice from our friendly staff as our showroom pricing is exactly the same as our online store. You’ll even save on shipping costs when applicable!