Include a new counter top, sink, flooring, or backsplash in your kitchen upgrade
UPDATED JULY 2017
Upgrade instead of renovating
Is your limited budget keeping you from undertaking the renovation you were dreaming about? Do a kitchen upgrade or a bathroom upgrade instead of doing a full renovation. At SKG we can handle anything from a small kitchen upgrade, to a full restructuring and remodel of your entire kitchen space. Are you afraid of the hassle, mess and disruption a complete renovation will cause? Have no fear, SKG Renovations has performed dozens of small kitchen and bathroom upgrades and remodels.
Dated or worn out countertop?
Most of the smaller kitchen upgrade projects undertaken by SKG have involved replacing a worn out, dated kitchen counter top with a new, manufactured “quartz” stone surface or natural stone (a natural stone “quartzite” is pictured at right). A stone countertop will last virtually forever, and give your kitchen an instant makeover. Most people consider the countertop to be the single most important upgrade that you can undertake in your kitchen because the aesthetic change is so dramatic. Depending on the situation, a new stone countertop may also be extended to create a eating area, or breakfast bar.
Check out my article: Granite vs Quartz – An admittedly biased comparison
New Sink & Faucet?
When your old kitchen countertop is replaced, it is also a great time to consider a new faucet and sink, since the old one must be removed, regardless. Undermount sinks are always a great addition to any kitchen upgrade, and they tend to give your new kitchen a “high-end” feel. They also allow the stone to be exposed in the sink hole just above the sink. This makes your sink area much easier to clean and much more attractive, compared to an old “drop-in” sink. A new pull-out or pull-down kitchen faucet is also a very popular and practical upgrade to your kitchen. It is almost essential to upgrade your faucet if you are investing the money into a beautiful new stone countertop (see pic above).
Change or Refinish your Doors & drawers?
Another great idea to transform your kitchen space, is to replace or resurface your cabinet doors. This is a great, cost effective way to update and improve, without the high cost of a full renovation. Some cabinet manufacturers are making their cabinets according to a standard sizing that allows the homeowner a larger selection of pre-manufactured doors to choose from. This means that you may be able to simply buy new doors to replace the old ones. If this is too costly an option, refinishing or repainting is a slightly more economical option again. We simply send in your old cabinet doors to get finished or painted in a custom shop, and the cabinet end panels and trim are refinished on site.
Maybe your flooring is still a stylish old 70’s vinyl, or dated and damaged ceramic tile. Replace it with a trendy new porcelain tile, a high tech composite surface flooring, or a engineered wood floor. If you can afford to spend a little more, you can also consider a floor warming system installed under your new tile. And you need not be afraid of installing tile because of the dirty grout line nightmares you experienced with your old tile floors. We at SKG use a new generation of tiling grout that is largely water proof, thus very easy to clean. New tile or engineered wood flooring can even be installed (in most cases), without removing any of your existing cabinets. This makes flooring upgrades easier