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10 Ways to Add Value to a Kitchen Remodel

You get what you pay for; that is especially true when it comes to kitchen remodeling. Learn what’s worth the extra cost and what upgrades you can skip.

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Choose a Stronger Sink

If you’re going stainless, research sink options that are 16-gauge stainless steel, rather than 18-22 gauge options. This is because 16-gauge steel is thicker (it measures 1/16"), which offers more resistance against dings and dents. If you shop around, you won’t see much price difference between the 16- and 18-gauge options, but the two are typically more expensive than the 20-22 gauge models, which are less durable overall.

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Install Radiant Heat Below the Floor

Radiant heat is more cost-effective than conventional heat because you're not losing any heat through ductwork and it is warming you to the touch every time you walk on it. A gut renovation is the best time to install radiant heat, but if you have access to the space beneath your kitchen via the basement, you may be able to retrofit radiant heating without tearing up the floor.

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Opt for Induction Over Electric

If you’re in search of a flat glass cooktop, be sure to check out induction options. Costs are becoming more competitive, they’re highly energy efficient, and performance exceeds electric glass cooktop options.

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Add Recessed Lights

Don’t rely solely on pendants or under-counter lights when it comes to kitchen lighting. Recessed lights are a subtle and affordable way to brighten a space when you need the extra light. Consider having these lights on a dimmer to give you flexibility. If you're not doing a full gut-job to your kitchen you can still add recessed lighting in an existing kitchen to improve its value and overall function.

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