The kitchen has long been a place in every house where family and friends gather. If your kitchen is still living in the 90s or early 2000s, you might find yourself less inclined to cook or want to host holiday get-togethers.

An upgraded kitchen can not only give you more pleasant years around the table, but can also increase the value of your home. From new countertops to adding a pantry, modernizing your kitchen will not only benefit your day-to-day life, but it will also make your house a hot commodity when it’s time to sell, helping you recoup the cost of a construction loan. Here are four ideas on how to upgrade your kitchen.

Upgrade Your Countertops

Are your current kitchen countertops clashing with the color scheme or are you wanting to modernize the look of your kitchen? Upgrading countertops is an investment that can last decades. But there are a lot of different materials to choose from with pros and cons to be weighed.

Marble gives a classic and elegant look, but its surface is prone to scratches and stains. Granite is heat resistant, but some granites are porous, requiring routine sealing to prevent permanent stains.

Choosing the right material for your lifestyle is not an easy decision, but it’s a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Update The Kitchen Island

Is your kitchen island a catch-all for mail, snacks, and school backpacks? Upgrading an existing kitchen island to include under-the-counter storage, outlets or even a sink can take even the smallest islands to new heights.

Does your kitchen lack an island? Depending on your layout, you may be able to replace the kitchen table with an island, giving you a better place to work, cook, bake and socialize with loved ones.

Add A Pantry

Are your dried goods currently in various kitchen cabinets? You probably know where everything is, but wouldn’t it be nice to have all your food located in one easy-to-search place?

Walk-in pantries or pantry cupboards can help you be more organized for cooking and when getting ready to go to the grocery store. While you might think there isn’t space in your kitchen for one, think about an area where you can remove the countertop and cabinets to create space for a pantry that can store, not only food but kitchen appliances.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Upgrading your appliances not only helps recoup your investment, but it can also decrease your energy bills. Most new appliances offer better energy savings than ones from years past. They also incorporate smart technology to make life easier. Brands that tend to keep their value include Viking, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, and Thermador.

Get A Construction Loan

Looking for help financing your next kitchen upgrade? Ed Currie and his team are here to help. Ed is the #1 Construction Loan Officer in the United States in closed loan volume. Whether it’s discussing construction loan options or rates, they’ll make sure you get a loan that fits your needs and your budget. 

For more information about financing your kitchen upgrade, schedule an appointment with construction loan expert Ed Currie today or call us at 847-214-2404. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Instagram for our latest tips and updates!