4 Kitchen Upgrades that Add the Most Value to your Home

If you’re upgrading your home with the idea of increasing its value when you sell, remodeling your kitchen is probably high up on your list. It’s a good choice too, as a mid-range kitchen upgrade can (on average) bring a 98% return on investment, while a higher-end remodel can deliver 91% return on investment, according to HGTV. But how much you get back also depends on where you spend the money. Here are some of the more rewarding upgrades, from the specialists in laminate edging options.

  1. Countertops: Workspaces are at a premium in a kitchen and having good-looking, high-quality countertops is a big factor in your home’s overall appeal. Granite is a favorite with homeowners and buyers, but it’s still a big expense. High-quality laminate countertops are a happy medium – and you’ll be impressed with what today’s manufacturers can offer.
  2. Appliances: Great appliances are a fantastic draw for buyers, but be careful not to go overboard. Professional-grade appliances are very expensive and won’t get you the best returns. Rather stick to well-known, quality brands that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Another recommendation is to choose energy-efficient appliances, as that will save you money in the meantime and is very appealing to the market!
  3. Cabinets: Damaged, neglected or out-of-date cabinets are an immediate turn-off to buyers, so – unless they’re in great shape – upgrading them is always a good idea. This doesn’t necessarily mean replacing them, as a coat of paint can do wonders to good-quality but outdated cabinets. You could also consider putting on new handles or simply replacing the doors and faces of your cabinetry to update their look.
  4. Colors: A neutral color scheme is a must-have for anyone who wants their kitchen to be a true selling point for their home. Stay away from very bright or dark colors on cabinets, walls, countertops or backsplashes, and avoid busy patterns.

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Tips for Creating a Functional Workshop

For DIY enthusiasts, hobbyists and hands-on home businesses, an on-site workshop is a must-have addition to their home. Here are some tips on how to create a functional workshop space in your garage or outbuilding, from our team specializing in laminate countertop edges.

  • Your workbench comes first: This is the heart of the workshop and needs to be easily accessible on all sides, and big enough that you can work comfortably on a number of projects at the same time. It’s worthwhile spending extra time on making sure that your workbench is big and sturdy enough before moving on to other aspects of your workshop.
  • Tools and equipment: Decide what tools and equipment are essential to your workspace and measure out and designate spaces for larger items. Hand tools and smaller items can be displayed on pegboard leaves – a cost-effective way of adding vertical storage as well as ensuring that tools can be easily seen and accessed.
  • Storage and countertops: Vertical storage and open countertops are always going to be useful in a workshop, so plan to have spaces where you can install shelves and counter space in a way that is easily accessible while you work. The goal here is to take up as little floor space as possible while getting the most storage and workspace.
  • Electrical outlets: These should be convenient and plentiful, so you don’t end up with power cords and extensions running over your floor and workbench, causing a safety hazard. It’s also good to have electrical outlets at countertop level as well as floor level, so your charging tools can be out of the way and not compete with your other power tools.

Hardwearing, Durable Laminate Countertop Edges for Workshops, Bathrooms and Kitchens 

At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest countertop edge profile manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of game rooms, workshops, bathrooms and kitchen countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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Lighting – A Kitchen’s Best Friend

When we think of remodeling a kitchen, we often focus on big ticket items like cabinetry, granite or laminate countertops, new appliances, and décor – and we forget about lighting. However, good lighting that is set up for your specific kitchen design is essential to making your space functional and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help ensure that you can make an informed decision about our kitchen’s lighting needs.

  • Fittings should fit-in with your design: There are so many beautiful lighting options available, and the fixtures can do a lot to enhance your overall design. Retro hanging lamps and Edison bulbs look beautiful in quirky spaces, while engineered, minimalist lighting looks great in very modern spaces.
  • Lighting on levels: Kitchen lighting has several jobs, so make sure you have the right lights in the right places. Under counter lighting is great for prep work and cooking, general lighting from the ceiling should be comfortable ‘social’ lighting, and lighting over the breakfast bar is great for eating, ambience and adding character.
  • No dark corners: Generally, lighting should be positioned directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cooktops for effective task lighting and to ensure there are no dark corners where you – or anyone else – can’t see what you’re doing.
  • Natural lighting: Where possible, natural lighting should be brought into your kitchen. This will bring in warmth and comfort, as well as reducing dependency on artificial lighting and energy bills – both of which can leave you with a headache.
  • Warm tones: Choose warm, golden toned lightbulbs wherever possible, as this makes kitchen feel cozy and welcoming while still delivering enough light. Cold tones and white lights can leave your kitchen feeling cold and clinical.
  • Downlights over pendants: Hanging lights look great in a kitchen, but should be limited to over a breakfast bar or kitchen island. Too many hanging lights can leave your kitchen feeling crowded and cramped, and can gather dust and debris. Rather choose a few hanging lights for impact, and supplement with downlighters.

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What to Remodel First – Kitchen or Bathroom?

When homeowners think about remodeling, it can be tough to decide between redoing the kitchen or tacking the bathrooms. Here are some insights to help you make the right decision, from our laminate countertop edging team.

Which is More Affordable? 

In almost every case, remodeling the bathroom is the more budget-friendly option, as they generally cost around $17,000 according to the national average, compared to the $19,000 that kitchens cost on average. There are also ways to save further on a bathroom remodel, like keeping your plumbing in the same position or upscaling cabinetry.

What Takes the Least Amount of Time? 

Again, bathrooms are the faster option, taking 18 days on average to complete. They are also often easier to handle and less disruptive, as most families have a second bathroom they can use in the meantime. Kitchens are at the other end of the spectrum, taking about 2-6 months to complete, depending on the materials, complexity and size of the remodel. Kitchen remodels are often more of a hassle too, as you have to make other arrangements to cook, store and eat.

What Adds the Most Value to your Home?

Here, kitchens are the winner, as a great kitchen is a stand-out priority for most homebuyers and is well-known as the heart of a home. 52% of real estate agents report that the kitchen is the biggest influence on making a sale, while only 42% report the same for bathrooms.

What is in the Worst Condition? 

This is possibly the most important question to ask, whether you are planning to sell your home or stay in it, as remodeling very poor bathrooms and leaving a decent kitchen (or vice versa) is going to add the most value and quality of life overall. Think about how you use your house and where the biggest pain points are, and choose the option that will make the biggest positive effect on everyone who lives there – and you can’t go wrong!

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One of the best ways to stay on budget and get more value on your home remodel is to partner with reputable partners. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of kitchen countertop edges and beveled edge laminate countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

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Expert Designer Tips And Tweaks To Enhance Your Kitchen Remodel

Want to get the most out of your kitchen remodel? Read these designer tips from the specialists in countertop edges at Kuehn Bevel!

  • Plan for enough storage: The best kitchens are those with clear countertop space that contain everything you need without looking cluttered, and this means planning for plenty of storage. Pantries are invaluable for this, as are cabinets that reach to the ceiling. The higher shelves won’t be as easily accessible, but they make great storage for items that are only used on certain occasions, like Christmas. Other good storage ideas include small shelving units inside cabinet doors, ceiling-mounted racks for pots and skillets, and hooks on doors for storing mops and aprons.
  • Lighting: Kitchens need several types of lighting – natural light from windows or skylights, overhead lighting and workspace lighting. Under counter lights are fantastic for keeping workspaces well-lit.
  • Plugs: All your appliances need power, and there need to be enough plugs to not only power the appliances you use all the time, but also to ensure you can place your appliances properly in your kitchen and take on any additional power sources when needed. For example, your fridge, dishwasher and microwave will stay plugged in, but you’ll need other countertop plugs for your blender, phone charger and other smaller items.
  • Range hoods: A well-ventilated kitchen is a good kitchen, especially these days where our kitchens are part of an open plan house and are used for entertaining – the last thing you want is food smells lingering through your whole home. Installing a range hood is a great and effective option that often offers additional lighting as well. Choose one that is quiet, vents to the outside, and is energy-efficient.
  • Plan for your bins: Bins are a necessary part of the kitchen, but not necessarily a very pleasant one! With a bit of planning, you can have your bins out of the way inside specially designed cupboards, or positioned out of sight. Remember to put them in a place that is easy to reach when preparing food or clearing plates.

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Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

Countertop Edge Profiles for A Retro Kitchen

Retro kitchens are all about taking distinctive characteristics from an iconic decade and remaking them to add flavor, fun, and style to our homes. Here are some great ideas for finding the perfect laminate countertop edges:

  • Aluminum molding:

Nothing says the 1950s quite like laminate countertops edged with metal banding in the style of diners and airstream trailers. You could visit scrap yards and reclaim some authentic edging from previous home renovations, however, there are companies that focus on supplying newly made vintage-style edging.

  • Double beveled edges:

If you’re looking for a softer edge with a vintage look, you can try the double beveled edge. The flat edges are planed off at an angle on the top and beneath the counter edge for a more contemporary feel that will still fit in well with your overall aesthetic.

  • Mix and match:

For a more 70s feel, a mixed material edge created from wood with a laminate insert is ideal. This gives texture and pattern to your countertop while preserving durability on your overall aesthetic. The insert can be made to match or contrast your countertop material for a more exciting look.

  • Curved edges:

Nothing says the 70s quite like a curve. Your countertops can now join in on this organic look. Soft, rounded edging is great for kitchens looking for that natural flowing look, are child-safe, and can be joined directly to the countertop for a seamless result.

  • Wood:

Want a contrasting edge to your countertop that isn’t laminate or aluminum? Wood countertop edging is the answer! Natural and neutral, it goes with any laminate pattern, color or texture, adding warmth and an eye-catching finishing touch to your kitchen.

Laminate countertop edge profiles that bring your space to life

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface, and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging, and Corian countertop edges, among others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design – without the hefty price tag.

For more information on our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.

5 Great Countertops for A Neutral Kitchen

Neural kitchens are characterized by harmony, timelessness, and elegance; often brought about by exploring textures and materials rather than colors themselves. To keep these kitchens visually interesting without adding pops of color, homeowners should spend time envisioning the most impactful elements of their space: the interaction between the cabinetry, the lighting, the colors, and the countertop. Here are some of the most attractive kitchen countertops to use as inspiration for your neutral kitchen, from our laminate countertop edging specialists:

  1. White granite:

Each piece of granite has a unique composition that makes it visually interesting in every shade. White granite doesn’t simply look like a piece of printer paper: you can find examples flecked with greys, browns, creams, and even iridescent elements. This textured stone gives your kitchen a clean, simple look and will even make your space look bigger.

2. Black granite:

This is ideal for anyone wanting a touch of drama without committing to a single-color palette. It is the most uniform of your granite options. Yet, when hit by good lighting, rather than looking dull, it reflects light beautifully. It makes an eye-catching contrast with white cabinetry and is a glamourous, elegant look.

3. Wood:

If you want to maximize on texture and give your kitchen a warmer look, wood is the way to go. Available in a wide range of shades and grains, you can easily take your kitchen aesthetic to the countryside or to a high-end European look in just one product.

4. Quartz:

This is a great product for anyone who wants a very subtle, uniform look. It is the perfect complement to a sleek, neutral kitchen. Although quartz is known for its ruby reds, royal purples, and powder blues, there are also many high-end lines featuring shades of grey and beige as well as white, cream, and black.

5. Concrete:

Once the staple of underground parking lots, concrete has moved up in the world to become a must-have statement countertop material. While it is available in uniform grey, adding different aggregates and polishing the concrete will give you a dramatically different look. Glass adds sparkle, while quartz, granite, and tile add texture and visual interest.

If you’re working on a tight budget, a good tip to remember is that the top laminate producers offer high-resolution laminate that almost perfectly mimics the grain, texture, and colors of all kinds of materials, from granite and quartz to wood and concrete.

Laminate countertop edging adds the perfect, custom touch to your kitchen 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Corian countertop edges, we will offer you a design, edge profile, and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

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