Remodeling your Phoenix kitchen can accomplish a variety of goals beyond simply delivering an updated look. You can also enhance your storage options with new cabinet configurations, save money on energy bills and generally make life more convenient.
But these enhancements can also be a significant financial commitment. Even a minor kitchen remodel in the U.S. costs an average of $21,000. Ensure you’re maximizing your investment by considering the key elements that can have a significant impact on your Phoenix kitchen remodeling costs—while creating the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Is it time for a surface upgrade? Ditch that dark, dated granite that was all the rage in the early 2000s for quartzite countertops in white or with a marbled finish. They’re a top trend that can give your kitchen a brighter, cleaner and more modern look. They’re also highly durable and easy to care for. Butcher block is another option that can deliver a similar feel but with added warmth. (These will require more care and maintenance, though.)
Want to really see your kitchen in a new light? Consider a mixture of lighting upgrades, like recessed fixtures over workspaces and pendants over islands and/or sinks to add brightness. And don’t forget under-cabinet lighting to illuminate countertops as well as shine a light on an upgraded backsplash in your remodeled Phoenix kitchen.
Many Phoenix homeowners are switching to LED lighting, which can provide several benefits. Beyond being energy efficient compared to incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, LED lights last longer, are more durable and can be customized for color, dimming and direction. LED lights are a practical and eco-friendly choice for illuminating your home.
Updating your appliances as part of your Phoenix kitchen remodel can help you achieve a sleek, modern look, but the benefits don’t end there. Because the latest refrigerators, microwaves and stoves are more energy efficient, you could also save money on utility bills. Choosing smart appliances—the kind you can control directly from your smartphone—can also make life more convenient.
No matter which appliances you choose, be sure they’ll fit with your current cabinetry (or your new cabinetry if you’re upgrading it). Selecting appliances after cabinets can lead to size issues that can throw a wrench in your Phoenix home remodeling plans.
Is it time for a flooring update? If you like the look of hardwood but want something more durable, consider a wood-look tile. It’s typically made of porcelain, and there are many gorgeous (and realistic) shades and grains available now. If you need more budget-friendly flooring, consider a vinyl alternative as an option that’s also durable and easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl flooring has come a long way from its early days and can now be found in homes of all styles and price points.
Whatever flooring you decide on for your Phoenix kitchen remodel, be sure to have your floor in place before any new cabinetry is installed. This will help you avoid any gaps between the flooring and the cabinet’s base and will make it easier to change out cabinets again later.
Is your heart set on all-new cabinetry or are you aiming for a more affordable upgrade? Painted cabinets are a popular trend worth considering—and one that could dramatically change the aesthetics of your kitchen with just a paint job and updated hardware. Opt for a bright, clean look with a coat of white paint or go bold with popular shades like blue, green or gray. If you’re going with a full cabinet replacement, consider replacing upper cabinets with open shelving to make your space feel larger and offer an option for displaying cherished treasures you want to show off.
Are you suffering from kitchen island envy? While adding an island is a substantial investment, real estate and remodeling experts tout it as one with a big payoff as homebuyer demand for them remains steady and not a passing trend. In fact, according to Houzz’s 2022 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, 57% of homeowners remodeling their kitchen either upgraded or added a new kitchen island. It’s easy to see why, as this feature can provide a gathering place, workspace and extra counter and storage space all in one. Islands are also a great way to add more dining seating, as well.
Already have a kitchen island but in need of a bit more room to work? Consider adding a desk or work nook to your Phoenix kitchen remodel. It can serve as a work-from-home space (when adding a full home office isn’t an option) as well as an after-school homework spot for the kids.
As you plan for your kitchen remodel, remember: A local Phoenix contractor can help you plan your project so you can get the most out of your investment—based on your personal priorities and budget.
Get started on your Phoenix kitchen remodel
You don’t have to tackle your Phoenix kitchen remodel alone. A remodeling partner like MCS can help you build and execute your plan. At MCS, we have extensive experience in helping homeowners safeguard and upgrade their properties and are now offering home remodeling services in the Phoenix area. Contact the MCS team via email or by calling (480) 360-6640 to learn how we can partner with you to make your Phoenix kitchen remodel a reality.