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The Right Kitchen Renovations to Increase Your Homes Value

Kitchens are one of the main selling features of a home. This is where all the action happens and family and friends join in for great meals, talks, fun and more! This is exactly why choosing the right kind of kitchen upgrades during a renovation or new build is key!   


The main goals in a kitchen renovation should always be to bring great functionality of the space while adding bright warm lighting and a spaciously comforting feeling of breathtaking excitement. One way to grab this feeling is in choosing the right appliances as there are many to choose from out there today.  Here at Togo Custom Homes we recommend the Energy Star rating ranges, refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves, dishwashers and more all in the stainless steel finish. Brands such as GE®KitchenAid®  and Jenn-Air® are a few top choices to consider.


Light fixtures in any space draw you in if done right creating an environment you’ll want to spend time in.  A kitchen should always be just that, an inviting space! Kitchen lighting should be practical and sensible. Many times people tend to decide the kitchen lighting last, yet planning ahead will save you time and money in the long run. If you are remodeling an existing kitchen you will want to upgrade all existing wiring if outdated and install new wiring for additional lighting based on your floor plan. Upgrading electrical throughout the space for appliances, etc. is also important. Many people do not do this and they’re kicking themselves afterwords, so don’t forget this point!

Lighting is definitely important and here at Togo Custom Homes we recommend that you utilize pendant lights above the sink and island spaces, under cabinet lightings under the counter and to the front.  This will give you a perfect visual when preparing your food and it creates a great ambiance in the room.  Lastly, adding recessed lighting on the ceiling as the main source of lighting is critical!  Too many kitchen owners we first meet when looking at a job complain about their existing single fan with four bulb lighting and how it doesn’t offer ample lighting throughout their room.



One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a kitchen renovation is getting swept up in the latest design trends, says Berkus. “When you install things like crazy-intricate countertops, multifaceted tile backsplashes, and intensely carved molding, I can guarantee you that six months from now, something else will come along to replace that concept.” Miller agrees: “When in doubt, always go with timeless finishes versus the fashionable or trendy.”


Cabinets can make or break a kitchen design.  Yes, you heard that right. Choosing the right cabinets for your kitchen based on the style, material and functionality you are looking for is key.  Utilize all of the space you can within your layout by having your wall cabinets extend to the ceiling.  This will give you plenty of storage for your serving-ware and cookware.

Run from particle board! You will want to choose plywood for durability and longevity.Type of wood such as Cherry, Oak, Maple wood are great chooses to stick too. There are so many showrooms today you can walk into and choose the classic, traditional and modern style you may be looking for.

Lastly, you will want to consider all hardware accessories when planning your kitchen layout, how you cook, what you need and the convenience of the location you need your plates, pots, pans and lids, plastic-ware, etc. in. Hardware makes a huge difference so choose wisely.


“Everyone loves to mimic the kitchens they see on television cooking shows,” says Ida Schwartz of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. “With the increase of foodies and amateur chefs, we’ve seen that a conversion from an electric stove to a gas stove—in addition to a double-oven—is highly coveted.” One solid option for the aesthete-gourmand hyphenate: LG Studio’s Stainless Steel Built-In Double Wall Oven. Merging modern form and function, the oven has four convection modes and the kind of sleek, smudge-proof finish which would be welcome in any homebuyer’s dream kitchen.


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