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Before Resale-Open Up Your Kitchen

August 28, 2014 by Lois Szydlowski

Do you wish you had a more open kitchen; a home that can entertain into the family room or dining room or den.  So many homes built in the 70’s and 80’s have these closed in kitchens in Tampa Bay.  And if you want to make your home more appealing to your next buyer, you don’t need a lot of money to add some pizzazz.

And trust me, every home with closed narrow kitchens
that I show to clients all say,
” Well, we will have to remodel the kitchen.”

Remove a Peninsulakitchen
Now granted you may not be able to spend a fortune on a brand new kitchen, but for less than $5000, you can give a whole new look to your existing one.  If you have a “peninsula” cabinet/countertop extending from the wall with cabinets above, you may feel like a short order cook passing food through it.  Why not remove the cabinets above for less than $1000 and hang some colorful lighting above the bar stools.

Details That Standout
If you are worried about losing some cabinet space, just remove the doors and the backs of the cabinets, give it a fresh coat of paint and use the open space for storing good looking kitchen needs.  How about installing pull out drawers in the existing cabinets around the kitchen because this always gets a wow positive response from both men and women.  And while you are at it, check out drawer dividers and shelf lifters that organize its contents.  Perhaps you can find room to build a 10-inch deep pantry in or near the kitchen (under the stairs?)

Opening Up the Floor Plan
Now for less than $5000 you can remove the wall separating it from the dining room and that includes repairing and refinishing the area around it.  And flank some built-ins are both sides of the entryway and use for dining ware storage.  This way you could eliminate the bulky cabinet or buffet and leave more room around your dining table.  If the wall separating both rooms is a weight-bearing wall, build a middle post for support and allowing for walk-thru and breakfast bar with bar stools.