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Where to Splurge vs Save: Kitchen Edition

September 12, 2022

Homeowners and investors spend a lot of time and money on renovating kitchens. However, the result is always worth it and significantly increases the home's value. Kitchens don't just serve the function of storing and preparing food. They offer a space to feel at home and connect with others. It plays a big part in the ambience of the house. We've prepared a list of the items to save on and the ones you definitely shouldn't! Let us know your thoughts, and we'd love to hear from you.

Hardware- Splurge

When renovating your kitchen, it’s best to have the right hardware to suit your needs. Instead of settling for the first piece of hardware you find, consider splurging on better-quality hardware. It will last longer, look better, and function better. Take time to look into the styles available and decide which would fit your lifestyle best for functionality. After all, you want to be able to move through and use your kitchen above all else. Popular styles have been simple gold and matte black bar handles.

At Barton Bath + Floor, you are able to see and feel the hardware in our showroom. Manufacturers offer between 3-6 handle lengths to scale to the size of your door or drawer. We can help with that too!

Flooring- Save

Updating your flooring will drastically change the look of your home. If you have the money to invest in hardwood flooring, we recommend that for long-term wear and tear. However, you do not need to break the bank for fresh flooring. There are many good quality laminate and vinyl options that are easy to install. In some cases, you can even float or glue vinyl planks over top of your existing floor. We can help guide you in the right direction so you choose the best flooring for your situation.

Countertops- Splurge

You can find great countertops in various styles and finishes, from traditional solid stone to modern quartz. Some countertops are made of multiple materials, such as quartz, on top of a granite substrate. This gives you a variety of options for style and durability. Of course, you'll need to invest in quality countertops to create an impressive kitchen. Not only will a more admirable countertop make your kitchen look stunning, but it will help you create a better cooking experience. In addition, it will make your life easier when you're trying to prepare a meal or clean up after cooking.

Sink- Splurge

Sinks are often tricky and expensive to install, aside from the price of the sink itself. You'll want this job done correctly by a professional. Investing in a high-quality, durable sink will save you money in the long run. A stainless steel sink will look sharp and remain timeless forever. They are also relatively easy to maintain, using hot water and soap. See our blog for other easy-to-clean sinks.

Faucet- Save

The faucet is the focal point of the kitchen. A stylish, affordable and good-quality faucet is not hard to find. Replacing is not difficult when it comes time to buy a new one after years of wear and tear. Pull-down faucets are helpful for the hard-to-reach areas in the sink. Touch technology will also impact price with the ability to turn on/off by touching anywhere on the faucet.

Kitchen appliances also play a role in the room's final look. You can either splurge or save here. The widespread selection has been stainless steel for a timeless and modern look. You can find these on the low or high end, and they look similar; functions and quality may vary.

Happy Shopping! Don't forget that Barton Bath + Floor is your one-stop shop for all flooring and kitchen needs. Contact us today to get started

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