4 Kitchen Remodel Must-Haves

A kitchen remodel comes with a lot of options, even if you have a relatively small space. If you’re on a budget, what should you focus on first? The surface areas, including countertops, backsplashes, floors and cabinets, are all big statement pieces.

However, the budget-conscious often can’t redo all these at once — at least not with the style and quality they’d prefer. It’s best to focus on one bigger element, use quality materials and installation, then complement it with smaller upgrades.

By far, the countertops should be your No. 1 priority (assuming the other areas are in good shape and functional). Real estate agents report that granite countertops are consistently the most in-demand kitchen feature, but homeowners are getting savvier. They’re realizing granite might not necessarily be the stone for them, and some are going with marble, quartz, travertine and other stones.

No matter what you choose, start with a natural stone countertop and grow from there. Once you’ve selected the slab of your dreams, other kitchen elements can highlight it. Consider:

1. Stone floors:

A stone floor with a sealant can be nearly as durable as vinyl (but so much better looking!). Some favorite flooring options include travertine and marble. However, marble is prone to staining and travertine can scratch, which is just another reason you should never lay flooring without ensuring it’s protected.

2. Backsplashes:

Backsplashes, even in a gorgeous natural tile, can be pretty affordable when you consider the size. The places most in need backsplashes tend to be behind stovetops and sinks. These are relatively small spaces, so you can splurge. Contrasting backsplash is trending now, too, so you can blend an option like subway tiles with a natural stone for a real knockout.

3. Sinks:

Nothing looks worse than brand-new stone countertops and a boring, stainless steel undermount sink. Get creative. If stainless steel is your style, try an oversized bowl. Check out a porcelain apron sink for a farmhouse look. Sinks come in endless styles, sizes and price ranges, so don’t go with the standard. Choose a sink worthy of your countertop.

4. An island just for you:

Kitchen islands are equal parts functional and stunning. They provide extra space for prep work, cooking (if there’s a stovetop), sitting, bonding and eating. You can choose a contrasting stone or slab for the island, or, if you want everything to match, a plus-sized slab will be large enough to provide countertop space throughout.

Upgrading your kitchen instantly upgrades your home’s value. It’s what most buyers — and owners — are after. Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble for help with all of your kitchen remodeling needs, from countertops to flooring (and everything in between).

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