Where to Invest When Remodeling a Kitchen

There are a lot of elements that go into a kitchen. So, when it comes time to remodel, it can be hard to pick and choose which parts are worth investing your time and money into. Especially since it’s often the main focal point of the house. If you plan to resell in the future, think about how your new kitchen will look to prospective buyers. Will they be awed by the cabinetry? In love with the countertops? If you’re considering remodeling a kitchen, here are some of the top areas to invest in.


White kitchen cabinets are trendy, yet classic. Adding white paint to your cabinets can transform and brighten the entire room.

Selecting cabinets that are both beautiful and functional can transform your space. While you could give your existing cabinets a fresh coat of paint and new hardware, it won’t have the same impact as new cabinets. Installing new cabinets gives you the chance to add more storage, which is so vital in a kitchen. You can also get unique features, like pull-out cutting boards, a garbage can slot, glass displays, and soft-close drawers.

As far as design goes, the options are limitless. There are several materials, finishes, and styles to choose from to customize the room. If you need to save on costs, swap out solid wood for a veneer or composite choice.


Appliances are big-ticket items, but they can drastically improve the value of your space. In fact, older appliances will likely look out of place next to your brand-new cabinets and counters. Plus, they’re more likely to break down than newer ones.

When you go to select a new oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher, look for energy-efficient styles to cut down on future expenses. And, remember, you don’t necessarily have to go for the latest, high-tech pieces. Just a simple upgrade can make a big difference.


Stone and granite countertops are the most popular choices among homeowners. They remain easy to clean and add stunning visual appeal.

Like cabinets, countertops are another critical aspect of remodeling a kitchen. And, they’re often one of the first things people notice, especially if there’s an island. Generally, stone countertops are best. Even though they can drive up the price of your remodel, their superior beauty and durability make them worth it. Cheaper laminate countertops can be harder to keep clean, and they can’t handle hot pots and pans. As a result, they may not be a great option if you have a big family or like to entertain a lot of guests.

Enjoy Your Kitchen to the Fullest

When remodeling a kitchen, the cabinets, countertops, and appliances are all worth investing your resources in. All three items serve both cosmetic and functional purposes. With a few simple upgrades, you’ll be proud to show off your space, as well as increase the value of your home if you choose to sell.

Curious about what your new kitchen could look like? Reach out to the Kitchen and Bath design center at Friel Lumber and ask about remodeling a kitchen today.

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