What comes to mind when you think about luxury kitchen remodeling? Maybe you think of multiple cooking appliances, overhead ranges, and walk-in pantries that you could get lost in. If you can practically feel the money pouring out of your pocket, we’re here to tell you that luxury doesn’t have to feel like large, impending shackles of debt!
Luxury is all about comfort, and many remodels are often purely centered around visual comfort. Continue reading for 5 quick (and affordable) jobs that are part of any luxury kitchen remodel.
Install Crown Molding
Many luxury kitchen remodels have detail trim located where the walls meet the ceiling (at the “crown” of the room). This is crown molding, and it’s installed in the same way as baseboard trim. Unlike baseboard, which protects the base of your walls from vacuums and other objects, crown molding is purely decorative. It boosts the overall appeal of your kitchen (or any other room).
It’s available in various styles and finishes (naked wood/paint) that pair well with all types of homes, from traditional colonial styles to more modern and contemporary architectural feels. The architectural detail instantly brings a more polished and finished look to your room.
This is the second quickest job that won’t break the bank in our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel. Crown molding installation is part of our Base & Case service.
Raise Kitchen Cabinets to the Ceiling
Nothing is more of a kitchen eye-sore than empty space above kitchen wall cabinets… Ok, well, maybe empty bottles of Bacardi, Fireball, and other booze varieties thrown up there as “decoration” takes the cake. Whether you add additional cabinetry or storage options above existing cabinets or purchase new taller cabinets, one of the most significant luxury improvement is when you raise kitchen cabinets to the ceiling.
When architectural elements of a home are brought up to the ceiling, it indicates a custom look and helps the room feel larger. Stock kitchen cabinets that stop at an arbitrary spot on your wall don’t quite have this effect.
In our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel, whether if you choose to fill in the empty space with additional storage options or replace the cabinets altogether. The most affordable option is to simply fill the space with additions. This job is part of our Cabinet Install service.
Add Laundry Room or Mudroom Storage
If you have a mudroom or laundry room attached to your kitchen, we recommend adding storage to that room (such as a storage bench or storage cabinets). Often, kitchen counters and dining tables become cluttered with everyday objects often forgotten and pushed into their own little hoarded piles.
Organization is bliss, a key ingredient when designing a luxury kitchen remodel, and can be accomplished quite affordably; That’s why adding built-in storage to your kitchen-adjacent mudroom or laundry room is part of our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel.
Built-in storage is often custom-built, but options are available that fit into many empty corners, floors, or wall spaces. When using pre-built storage options, this job is completed as quickly as installing new cabinets and is part of our Cabinet Install service.
Visual interest is brought to a space through depth and dimension… Enter, wainscoting! Wainscoting is decorative wall trim and paneling that builds out a wall and keeps it from falling flat and bare. You often see wainscoting across the bottom half of the walls of rooms. However, there really are no rules when it comes to the design. Wainscoting can cover partial or entire walls and be painted in your wall color or bold accent color.
If your dining area is adjacent to your kitchen, wainscoting installation in that area can tie the areas together and boost overall kitchen space appeal. Relative to the other items on our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel, this job requires a bit more of a finely skilled hand and generally takes more time than the other jobs.
Depending on the size of your dining space and where you want the wainscoting (and what styling of wainscoting should be installed), this job can vary in cost. If wainscoting is something that attracts your eye, we offer this skilled-carpentry service and provide free estimates.
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
We have one last job that can boost your kitchen’s sense of luxury… And you can do it yourself (DIY)! It’s as easy as changing a light bulb. Seriously, all you need to do is replace your kitchen bulbs with a different color temperature bulb. That’s why this quick job is the quickest and most affordable option in our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel.
Have you ever noticed how in lights in some rooms may appear blue while other rooms may have yellow-tint lighting? If you have no idea what we’re talking about, take a look at this 55-second video demonstrating the difference in color temperatures.
We recommend LED bulbs with a color temperature between 3500-4000k. Many light engineers have determined that this color temperature range is optimal for kitchen and eating activities. You’d be surprised how the color temperature of light can transform the way a space feels and interacts with your cabinets, floors, countertops, and even food!
If you’ve reached the bottom of our list of quick (and affordable) jobs for a luxury home remodel and are still thinking that the jobs will run you more than you’d like to spend, contact us for a free estimate to verify! We can scope out the available job options based on the size of your space and your budget.