As a professional full time realtor, I have found that a high-end kitchen is one of the most sought after rooms in the traditional single family home. According to my clients, they would rather spend more money remodelling their kitchen than finishing a basement. The kitchen is no longer the place where mom goes to cook the family dinner. Today, kitchens serve as the heart of the home, and many Canadians are looking for ways to make it more comfortable. Thus, home owners nowadays are focusing their time, money and energy in converting their kitchen to a high-end kitchen.
More homeowners see the kitchen as a multipurpose room where computers and other home electronics figure prominently. Refrigerators and dishwashers are being trimmed with cabinetry and integrated into the woodworking design, bringing more warmth and helping to blur the boundaries of adjacent rooms.
Warmth and comfort are an influencing factor for current kitchen styles, as natural and dark wood cabinets continue to be prominent choices. Decorative range hoods are increasing in popularity. Manufactured in stainless steel, copper and ceramic styles, hoods are no longer just a function of the kitchen, they are quickly becoming the centerpiece. Faucets are also breaking out into their own category. More recently, I have seen that nickel faucets have outpaced the traditional stainless as the most commonly used in kitchen design jobs.
A movement toward commercial restaurant appliances has spread to the high-end kitchen. Homeowners no longer satisfied with imitations are installing sixburner gas stovetops, four-foot-wide ranges and subzero refrigerators. Pot fillers or swivel faucets mounted over a stovetop is another device as well as built-in steamers, warming drawers and stovetop barbecue grills.
Countertops have evolved over the last decade with options that include solid surface, natural stone, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete, laminate and more. Today, there are more than a dozen choices in kitchen surfaces with granite consistently making the top of the list. Granite like other natural stones – marble, limestone, slate, soapstone – is very durable. It is also less porous than the other stone surfaces and only requires resealing about once a year. Irrespective of the selection, all of the options mentioned above gives you the high-end kitchen look.
Soapstone was used by early New England settlers and remains a good countertop choice as well within the natural stone category. It is naturally resistant to harsh chemicals and heat, so it does not stain like limestone and marble, and yearly maintenance can be performed using mineral oil instead of sealants.
In addition, most countertop surfaces have several finish choices – high gloss, honed, flamed and tumbled. The most common is high gloss or polished. Honed and tumbled are both matte finishes, but honed is typically smoother. If you’re interested in a more textured surface, a blow-torch helps to create a flamed finish.
Kitchen remodeling or upgrading can be expensive, but it does have its perks. The return on investment for a major kitchen remodeling job is nearly can be in the range of 70-80%.
In conclusion, the recent trend is that more and more home owners would rather invest their money into seeing a high-end kitchen. We have seen that the kitchen is not only a place to eat but also a place where families watch tv, kids do their homework and a place to entertain their guests.