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The most effective materials to use during a kitchen remodel

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2014-03-03 07:26:03

Do you own a home? Looking to make some improvements that could enhance both your sense of comfort and its overall purchase price? A great way to do this is by remodeling outdated aspects of your kitchen. As this living area is typically the most used space in homes across the country, making valuable updates can result in sizable financial gains.

Even if you're not planning on listing your East Coast home on the local market in the near future, a kitchen remodel can lead to a number of benefits. However, focusing on a few specific aspects could prove to be more effective. If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck during an upcoming project, and see your properties resale value appreciate, consider utilizing the following materials:

Granite - This is arguably the most popular material that homeowners choose to introduce to their kitchens, as it provides spaces with an upscale aesthetic and is more environmentally friendly than alternatives, according to HouseLogic. Granite is easily cleaned and can withstand extreme temperatures, which makes it one of the top choices for kitchen countertops. Available in a number of different hues and varying sizes, this option offers individuals a high degree of customization, enabling them to personalize their new kitchens to their liking. 

Natural hardwood - While this material is commonly used as flooring, it is also found in kitchens in the form of countertops. Different styles can serve to highlight subtleties in kitchens, and some types - such as walnut - even grow more lustrous with age, Better Homes and Gardens reported. While wood cannot withstand the effects of powerful cleaning chemicals, it can be rinsed with soap and warm water, and maintained with a coating of mineral oil once a month. This is a good choice if you're looking to introduce natural elements into your home.

Stainless steel - In recent years, this material has been showing up in an increasing number of homes along the Eastern Seaboard. Its streamlined appearance can create a modern design scheme in any room, but its basic characteristics make it a great addition to kitchens, according to HGTV. Stainless steel is often less expensive than other popular countertops, and much simpler to incorporate into a living area. Instead of having to haul heavy granite and solid wood, this material can be easily measured to size and cut.

Cement - As one of the more recent options for home decor, cement can be used in a number of different residential spaces for myriad purposes. And, accordingly, it is being found in many contemporary kitchens. Countertops made from this material can appear more industrial and complement other surfaces as part of a cohesive design. Concrete can be customized to your personal preferences, including size, width and color. Additionally, you can introduce built-in features, like cup holders or a space to dry dishes, Houzz noted.

These materials can all help to boost your home's resale value, but depending on the scope of your remodeling project, their initial costs may be sizable. Poli Mortgage Group understands this, and offers a wide range of products and services that can provide you with the financial assistance you require to accomplish your personal goals. During its 13 years in operation, the trusted firm has grown to a residential lending authority throughout the Northeast, and originated more than 40,000 mortgages. Its workforce of Loan Officers routinely find low rates for clients and provides quality customer service. Learn more by calling 866-353-7654 today.

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