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Dreaming of a new kitchen…

Posted February 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Clive, Des Moines West

How can you give yourself an amazing and wonderful gift that you use every day and that will reimburse your costs when you sell your home? That’s it — your dream kitchen remodeled right in your own house.

Just start with a few great ideas that fit your budget, and watch your old and tired kitchen come alive with beautiful possibilities. Here are several suggestions.

• Start with changing the doors of your cabinets to a new look. Begin by buying a few magazines that feature kitchens and tab pictures that you like. You soon will discover if you like stains or paint or a combination. Replacing cabinet doors is quite affordable.

• Change your counter top. You might be surprised how even some granites can fit into your budget. Again, search through design magazines for colors and materials that look interesting to you. You might even tear them from the magazines and start a “Dream Kitchen” file for easy access.

• Start thinking about faucets and sinks. Maybe a trip to the big box stores and taking a few phone pictures would be helpful.

• What about the floor? Change it to wood. Maybe some of the new vinyl strip flooring that looks like wood. Or tile, maybe large 24”x 24” installed on the bias. And, of course we haven’t even mentioned the impact of changing the wall paint color. Or installing decorative pulls and knobs on those new cabinet doors. Maybe your upper cabinets have a corner where a new door with glass and corner glass shelves can show off your favorite dish collection.

Inside the home, kitchen and bathroom remodels offer some of the highest ROIs (returns on investment) because that’s where we live and where most buyers want to see a finished, updated room, not one they have to update once they move in. Kitchens often return as much as 55 percent ROI, while bathrooms may deliver as much as a 70 percent return. The value of a remodel can’t always be measured in ROI. Remodeling your home to fit your family’s needs can decrease stress and increase relaxation and comfort. Adding an office may allow your family to be more organized. Building on a sunroom allows more space for entertaining and may make outdoor time with your family more enjoyable.

Now is the best time of the year to explore a home equity loan from your favorite financial institution.

Information from roxiekey.interiors@gmail.com, www.remodeling.hw.net, provided by Cornerstone Community Credit Union, 414 61st St., Des Moines, 515-274-1171.

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