Why Your New Jersey Home Needs These 5 Small Kitchen Renovations

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Easy kitchen upgrades can even boost the value of your home.
Easy kitchen upgrades can even boost the value of your home. (Shutterstock)

Here in New Jersey, kitchen sizes run the gamut from small efficiencies to multi-room designs. Whatever your layout is, simple renovations can bring your space into the 21st century.

Plus, smart upgrades can maximize space and improve energy efficiency. Here’s how.

Appliances

New appliances can instantly update and tie together a room. Stainless steel appliances are popular for their durable, smudge-resistant characteristics, and things like built-in ovens and microwaves reduce clutter. Plus, energy-efficient appliances can help reduce your monthly utility bills.

Looking for a less practical upgrade? Opt for a wine refrigerator, which can accommodate anywhere between 12 and 300 bottles, depending on your choice.

Counter Space

Whether you have a roomy kitchen or a small efficiency, optimizing counter space is key. You can work with a pro to develop a layout that maximizes space, and then material selection can depend on your budget.

Granite, marble, and stainless steel are the most expensive options, while laminate and butcher block are more affordable.


Need a pro for your small kitchen remodel? Find a contractor in your area.


Storage

Another way to optimize counter space? Add more storage! Think about smart cabinet placements, with deep cabinets for plates nearest to your dishwasher. Waist-high sliding shelves can hold mixers and toasters to keep small appliances out of sight.

If your storage is already in good shape but you want a fresh look, consider refacing cabinets instead. You can also work with cabinet makers to design a roll-out pantry. They can be pulled out of sight and returned into a space about 18 inches wide and five feet tall when you need to view the contents.

Lighting

Good lighting is an often overlooked hero of kitchens. Try adding under-counter lighting and halogen lights to make your space appear larger and cleaner.

Sinks

Roomy sinks make cleaning pots and pans so much easier—plus unsightly dishes won’t stack up as quickly. Remember, a small kitchen does not need to have a small sink!

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This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

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