The majority of homeowners who are ready to take the plunge into minor kitchen renovations or a complete kitchen remodeling might have an idea about the direction they want to go but feel uncertain about how to get there. That’s understandable.

Some homeowners look around their kitchen and see outdated or on-the-fritz appliances, and they know that it is time for a change. Some scour Pinterest to check out the latest kitchen remodelings. Whatever their reason, millions of homeowners are looking to overhaul their current kitchen completely—cabinets, counter, appliances, the works.

Kitchen designers and eco-friendly contractors are often the first people homeowners contact when they are ready to start work on their dream kitchen. Kitchen designers and contractors can help you find the right materials, layout, color schemes, and fixtures to fit your needs and your family’s lifestyle.

Awesome Kitchen Renovation Ideas for Your Next Project

Start looking into budgeting, shopping around for contractors, and developing a working schematic design for your upcoming kitchen renovations as soon as you know what you want.

In terms of budgeting, homeowners should realize upfront that home kitchen remodelings have the highest return on investment (ROI) of any home improvement project. Kitchen renovation projects like adding hardwood flooring, upgrading your lighting to be more energy efficient, and adding tiered racks look great and increase your home’s value.

Kitchen remodels can be surprisingly affordable—well within four digits. Where you start and the scope of your budget depend on your lifestyle and the size of your current kitchen, but the following is a snapshot of some of the hottest trends in kitchen remodeling:

Energy-Efficient Kitchen Appliances

Modern EnergyStar kitchen appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators can significantly improve your quality of life since you’re likely spending a lot of time in your kitchen, cooking meals, hanging out after work or over breakfast, and maybe even gathering with friends and family.

Additionally, if and when you decide to sell your home, a recent kitchen remodeling is a big plus. Check out some of these kitchen appliances updates: fridges with iPod docks and eco-friendly range hoods that cut down on both noise and exhaust.

Green Kitchen Flooring

Those looking to redo their kitchen flooring should know that there are eco-friendly options: bamboo, cork, and linoleum are three of the most popular green options available today.

Natural, stained, and caramelized bamboo flooring in your kitchen looks beautiful and is trending right now among kitchen designers.

Granite Countertops

The really nice thing about granite counter tops is that you don’t need to sacrifice beauty for function: Once you seal non-porous granite countertops, you never have to worry about staining them later.

Other advantages of granite counters are that they’re very sanitary, extremely hard to damage with heat or cuts, and should never fade over time.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth, which is why it’s the most durable option for countertops—and the most surprisingly eye-catching. Quartz is both high form and high function, but is very low maintenance. Plus, it’s available in a wide range of random patterns, flecks and swirls.

Remember that TREND Transformations® carries lightweight, recycled glass countertops that look gorgeous and cut down on energy consumption. Contact TREND Transformations today for a free design consultation if you want to discuss or learn more about any of these kitchen remodeling trends.

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