The saying goes that the kitchen is the heart of the family. But what does it say about your heart if the kitchen is outdated? Having a functioning, up-to-date kitchen is a must in any modern home. Not only will it increase the resale value of your house, it will help make your house feel like a home.

The kitchen has always been a focal point in a home. Historically, it was the place where most people gathered, as it had the wood-burning oven, or stove, which provided heat in the winter. Today, it is still thought of as the center of the house, the meeting space, the location everybody seems to gravitate towards at a party (no matter how much other space your home may have). The kitchen should be a comfortable, yet functional place. But what if it isn’t?

There are many ways to improve the quality of your kitchen. Whether you are looking to completely overhaul the design, or just do a cosmetic facelift, there are plenty of economically-friendly methods to restructure your kitchen.

Structural Changes

One of the most important parts of a kitchen is the flow. The way you can move between the three main aspects of the kitchen (the refrigerator, the sink, and the oven) is imperative in adding to the value of your house. Most kitchens today are designed with the traditional triangle shape between those three stations. If your kitchen doesn’t have that, however, then you might want to consider changing the way it is set up. Creating the appliance triangle will help make your kitchen more attractive to many home-buyers.

Another important aspect of a kitchen is counter space. How many kitchens have you been in that didn’t have enough of that elusive surface? With all of the appliances found in a modern kitchen, counter space is a necessity. Having a lot of counter space also helps out if you like entertaining. Whether you are cooking a large Thanksgiving Day meal, or you are having a buffet-style Super Bowl party, a lot of counter space…

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