Peggy Johnson Home Stager Charlotte NC suggest top ten kitchen renovation tips

In Charlotte and Lake Norman North Carolina Redesign +More Peggy Johnson offered these tips to real estate professionals. 

From the cabinets to the appliances, to redesign to staging your home find out how to ensure a successful renovation.

Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when you're updating your kitchen.

1 Use quality materials. -quality drawer slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won't stick. Stay away from drawers that are stapled together or made of particleboard. For cabinet interiors, wood veneer is more durable than melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.

2 Determine cabinet heights. If you have eight-foot ceilings, choose cabinets that go to the ceiling. They offer more storage, enabling you to use extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. If your ceilings are higher than eight feet, leave 15 to 18 inches above the cabinets.

3 Decide whether to paint or stain. Though stained-wood cabinetry is forgiving, most finishes date quickly and aren't easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets can lend a unique personality.

4 Select an elegant counter top. White Carrara marble (honed or acid washed and sealed) and stained wood add elegance and warmth. also honed Kirk stone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, and plastic laminate with a wood edge for a sophisticated look.

5 Install an island that works. Beware of placing a bulky cube in the middle of the room. We like islands that have an open, airy look. Ideally, an island should be unencumbered by appliances, but if you want it to house a dishwasher-sink combo or a cook top, try to maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.

6 Don't overdo the details. Design accents such as pediments over stoves and plaster molding's on cabinet fronts can represent decorative excess. Remember that the style of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home.

7 Avoid maintenance nightmares. Natural surfaces with inherent texture -- slate, terra-cotta, brick and tumbled marble are more difficult to clean but camouflage the odd crumb. Smooth surfaces in light colors, such as white laminate counters or ceramic floors, are easy to clean but show everything. And as much as we love stainless steel, it's not easy to keep smudge-free.

8 Stick to basic appliances. Instead of lots of appliances and gadgets, consider selecting a few reliable basics. For example, a commercial-quality stainless-steel range makes an interesting focal point and takes up less space than separate wall ovens and a cook top.

9 Incorporate an adjacent dining room. A clever design, plus the appropriate lighting and furniture, will let you adapt the room's atmosphere to suit any occasion. Consider a banquette designcombined with slip covered chairs for an efficient use of space.

10 Add interest. Your kitchen should reflect you, not look like a showroom. Before designing the space, search for a piece of unique furniture and use it in your design. A room full of floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall kitchen cabinets looks boring and uninspired.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsPeggy Johnson • October 01 2009 04:59PM



Beautiful kitchen and all great tips.   For the homeowners who want to do some upgrades and have a sparse budget, there are options if you take the time to look around.

I found several great buys for my client's kitchen at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.   A box of perfectly good tiles in the exact design and colour we were planning to use for backsplashes over the cooktop and the sink for only $18; plus a charming round wood table with platform bottom + 4 captain's chairs for only $150 to create the eating area they didn't have.

Don't overlook thrift shops, or negotiating for a better deal with shop owners.



Thank you for your comment on Kitchen interior redesign. I appreciate your tips and ideas on Habitat re-store and thrift shops. We have several Habitat re-stores in our area I will be sure to stop in and see what I can round up for the next interior redesign or home staging project.


Thank you again

Peggy Johnson

Redesign + More


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