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How Much Can a Kitchen Upgrade Add Value to Your Home?

Homeowners all over Canada are making the choice to invest in home improvement renovations like never before. Not only do these renovations make their time spent at home that much more enjoyable, but it also increases the value of their home. For many homeowners this is just an added bonus, but if you plan to sell in the near future, focusing your renovation efforts where it matters is a strategic decision.

A Modern House on a sunny day

We don’t need to tell you that your kitchen is the focal point of your home. Not just in a design sense either. It’s where all the activity is. It’s where the homework is done, the lunches are made, where family meetings take place, and plans are put into motion. It’s not a wonder that they occasionally need a little upgrade.

Did you know that both kitchen and bathroom renovations typically recoup 75-100% of their renovation budgets upon reselling their homes? Just to put that into perspective, if you replace the roof, you should only bank on recovering 50-80% of the cost, meanwhile a living room expansion can only guarantee 50-75%.

Kitchen Renovation adding to your Property Value

Upgrading your kitchen to increase your property value doesn’t necessarily mean gutting the entire space. One popular kitchen renovation that packs a punch is an island. Seems simple right? By incorporating an island into your pre-existing kitchen space you are not only adding valuable extra storage, but also another seating space, an entertaining space, and a work space.

One way to simulate a total kitchen renovation is to update your cabinetry. This can be combined with adding in an island. Bonus points if you install hardwood floor (one of the top 7 home improvement trends). By keeping the foundation of your kitchen intact, you can allocate more to choosing the very best materials and hardware.

Kitchen Renovation Trends

Staying on top of home renovation trends is a strategic way to keep your home attractive to potential home buyers. However, if your goal is to keep your home for the foreseeable future, stay on top of the trends for your own enjoyment! 2015 is proving to be a fantastic year for kitchen renovation trends. Here is just a little nibble to whet your appetite:

Brass: When it comes to taps, sinks, range hoods, and hardware, kitchens in 2015 are all about the brass. Interior designers are raving about the way brass emits warmth and sophistication. Brass pairs well with greys, and whites making it an easy inclusion to many of today’s kitchens.

Patterned Tile Backsplash: One of the most versatile areas in your kitchen is the backsplash. With little to no need for demolition you can give your whole kitchen a facelift by designing a tile backsplash. While subway tiles and marble backsplashes have been the norm for several years, colourful, geometric tiles are making their way into kitchens across the country.

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, start with the kitchen. With increasingly attractive appliances and innovative design elements, now, more than ever, kitchens are being considered the living room of the modern home.

Considering adding value to your house with a kitchen Renovation project? Contact the professionals to give you a hand with all your kitchen needs.

What Makes a Kitchen Modern?

Every homeowner’s definition of “modern” is a little different. As the saying goes, one person’s modern is another person’s no thanks. Well, no one says that yet, but we think it will catch on. There is no one type of modern kitchen. There are as many forms of modern kitchens as there are cabinetry hardware.

Modern Kitchen design

A Modern Kitchen with a Sleek, Glass, Steel and Wood Design

While kitchens were at one time classified by traditional, transitional, or modern, today’s kitchen can be new traditional, modern/rustic, eco-modern, vintage modern, minimalist, or mainstream modern. We’re in the beautiful “no wrong answer” phase of home decorating, and we love it. Our job is finding out what modern means to you, and making it happen. This all said, there are some characteristics that define “modernity” when it comes to the kitchen.


Modern kitchens use colour in innovative, understated ways. It is important to note that there is a difference between contemporary kitchens and modern kitchens. Contemporary kitchens will include more colour. Think accent walls, decorative vases, bright light fixtures, and colourful appliances. Meanwhile, modern kitchens includes less colour and focuses on textures. In a modern kitchen you can expect to see a monochromatic tile, or glass backsplashes, or perhaps single toned pale blue cabinets. Colour, is a versatile and easy way to express your kitchen style. Updating countertops, hardware, and appliances, are all low maintenance renovations.

One Word: Sleek

Modern kitchens are by definition sleek ones. Smooth, polished, and uncluttered surfaces prevail. Appliances tend to blend directly into the cabinetry, often making houseguests have to search for the major appliances. When it comes to cabinetry, flat and frameless is the go-to style. Instead of cabinets separated by frames, you’ll find highly polished flush cupboards throughout the kitchen. Instead of traditional wooden cabinetry which features bevelling and thoughtful ornaments, kitchen cupboards in modern kitchens lay flat, allowing the structure to speak for itself.


When it comes to hardware, it is either integrated into the shelves themselves, or it speaks to the kitchen’s overall look and feel. Often, the hardware mirrors the orientation of the cupboards. Horizontal drawers will showcase long, metal pulls that run seemingly seamlessly from sleek drawer to drawer. Similarly, vertical shelving will use vertically oriented pulls that elevate the space.

Think Natural: Glass, Steel, Wood

Modern kitchens make ample use of natural elements. Keep an eye out for natural wood grains, both highly lacquered and more subtly finished, concrete countertops, polished granite and marble counter, glass and stainless steel. In modern kitchens, stainless steel appliances are the norm, as they provide the sleek look sought after in modern kitchens, and are incredibly versatile.

Industrial Elements

It wasn’t until the dawn of modern kitchens that industrial elements made their way into the residential home. Hood vents, commercial grade stoves, double wide sinks, and industrial style lighting can all be used to create an industrial modern aesthetic.

Regardless of your take on modern interior design, finding an aesthetic that speaks to your lifestyle and responds to your culinary needs is always in style.

Looking to redesign your kitchen in the near future? Who better to help you and your kitchen get the modern look than the kitchen professionals! Contact us for all your kitchen redesign needs.

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How to Make Your Dream Kitchen a Reality

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a gathering place. It’s where homework gets
done, lunches get made, meals are eaten, and family relationships are formed.
When you imagine your dream kitchen, what do you see? Open shelving, walk in pantries,
Solid wood cabinetry, clever storage solutions? We see it too… At Wright Kitchen, creating the
kitchen of your dreams is not only our day job, it’s our passion. Which means that sometimes
it’s our night job, and our weekend job.


A Dream Kitchen Designed by The Wright Kitchen

Get Inspired!

Before you lift a hammer you should have an idea of what you want your new kitchen to look
like! Get inspired by reading home improvement magazines. Get carried away on Pinterest,
create a folder of articles from newspapers and magazines. If you’ve never made a vision
board, now’s your chance! To get started, take a look at this article predicting 12 of 2015’s
hottest kitchen trends.

Perhaps download our Kitchen Planner, which you can find here. The Kitchen Planner allows
you to sketch out the layout of your kitchen to scale. This way you will get a better idea of
the flow your kitchen will have once complete. The Kitchen Planner is a great way to start a
consultation conversation.

But What Do You Need?

What is your current kitchen lacking? What features or capabilities do you wish it offered? Are
they attainable given your budget? You may find it beneficial to prioritize your wish list.
Speak to your family – what do they want?

Find the Right Team

To make your dream kitchen a reality, you need the very best people on your team. Start by
scheduling consultations with contractors to find the right fit for your needs. To each
meeting, take with you your inspiration and your enthusiasm, and keep notes about what
each contractor can offer you.

Apart from your major appliances, the cabinetry in your kitchen is what is going to stand out
the most. Make sure that the cabinetry accurately reflects your style and responds to your
needs. Every Wright Kitchen begins with an obligation free consultation. To be quite honest,
we just really love discussing potential new projects with excited homeowners! We start by
discussing what you see. The material, the functionality, the finishes, the hardware,
everything, and we go from there.

Moving Forward

Once you’ve found the right team, approved the budget and decided on a timeline, it’s time
to get started! Your contractor will tell you exactly what you need to do to help them do
their jobs. In our experience, this involves about one week of paper plates and takeout
menus. It’s a win win for everyone!

Don’t let you your dream kitchen stay a dream. Getting the ball rolling is the hardest step in
any home renovation, but with the right team, the whole project will be a breeze. You’ll be
hosting dinner parties in no time!

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