(Family Features) For those who wish to make updates to their home, the kitchen is a great place to begin. According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel should recoup up to 75 percent of total remodeling dollars, based on the value of the home increasing. When focusing on this important part of the house, many homeowners are looking for ways to add luxurious and modern touches without breaking the bank.
"Whether you want to splurge on cabinets, countertops, appliances or floors, homeowners are finding they really can have the kitchen they've always wanted by doing their research and learning about the many high-quality, yet cost-effective alternatives that exist in home remodeling," said Trisha Schmitt, vice president of VT Industries.
Getting more out of your remodeling dollars
From small fixes to bigger projects, the experts at VT Industries provide these ideas to make kitchen updates without emptying your pocketbook.
- Countertops: Serving as an integral piece of your kitchen space, the addition of new countertops can easily become the priciest part of the remodel project. Homeowners like the look of granite and real stone, but want a durable and affordable alternative that helps them achieve the look they desire with the budget they have. A new alternative for countertops is the Capture Collection from VT Dimensions. This affordable design element mimics the beauty and strength of stone materials at a fraction of the cost.
- Backsplash: To add a sleek and modern touch to your kitchen space, consider adding a new backsplash. Typically made from ceramic, glass or stainless steel tile, a backsplash is an affordable option for those who want to add an understated change or a small pop of color as an accent. When compared to other remodeling projects this one is quick and easy.
- Hardware: Did you know you can refresh the look of your whole kitchen for as little as $50? If the hardware on your kitchen drawers or cabinets has an outdated appearance, invest in some of the new options available at your local hardware store. Change out old, brushed stainless or gold knobs and pulls with the newer, on-trend styles offered in pewter or bronze.
- Porcelain tile flooring: If you want the look of stone flooring without the hefty cost, check out the many offerings of porcelain tile. This sturdy, chip-resistant surface is easy on the wallet and can provide long-lasting beauty to your kitchen floors for many years.
To get the most from your remodeling dollars, homeowners are encouraged to do some digging and find out the best deals and alternatives available. For more tips for updating your home, visit www.vtdimensions.com.