Yes, I'm in agreement with you that granite counter tops might be the route to go as most buyers prefer them nowadays and they seem to be what builders are installing in new construction (at least in my area). If possible, bring a piece of your cabinetry when making your selection so you have a good idea of what the finished product together will look like.
Good luck on your remodel!
Prudential Connecticut Realty
Now, on to the bathrooms . . . .
Personally, I have to agree with Mack on this one. There is no such thing as "design from a distance"--at least, not successfully designing from a distance. So much will depend on the style of your home, the trends in your neighborhood, and, of course, your budget. To maximize the "bang" for your buck, there's no substitute for professional help, and it can be had for surprisingly reasonable fees.
While I do agree that the white "European" look is currently being featured in many architectural magazines, such a plan would be woefully out of place in a, say, Victorian or an older home in which the more saturated colors within the home would not be complimented by the starkness of the white. Also, attempting to "off set" or diminish the white of the appliances by making everything white seems very drastic. Many people don't fancy painted kitchen cabinets, and sometimes the better method to addressing the white appliances are reasonably priced stainless steel face "covers" for the frontsof the appliance that are stainless (manufacturers make these--check your appliance supplier). Also, changing the stain on the cabinets to a darker color can add richness to the overall appearance of the ktichen while diverting the attention from the white appliances. The best way to address the appliances will depend greatly on the colors within the kitchen, the color of the walls, and the amount of cabinets.
So, again, your best advice is to talk with a professional designer for assistance!
Area Pro Realty
The materials do not matter as much as color, texture, line and light - all things that we can't see. I recommend taking on an interior decorator - they work really cheaply - to put together an integrated package that will really make your kitchen POP to prospective home buyers.
I bought 2cm Espresso Caesarstone. For the turnkey money, it was my best buy.
Let me know if you want my notes.
White kitchens are BACK. So, if you intend to paint the cabinets white, be sure not to use a high gloss paint. In regards to the appliances, stainless steel will ALWAYS be a better solution, but if you're set on not doing that, you may consider giving the buyer an allowance. Its a very hot commodity right now.
Finally, if you're going for a bright, cheery look, I would do a venetian gold or St. Cecilia for the granite color. I have a guy that can do it for .29 cents a square foot, which, to my knowledge, is the lowest price I've seen in Atlanta.
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You made no mention of the floor. The popular trends today are hardwood or ceramic tile. If you go with tile you have to keep the color coordination in mind.
I hope this helps.
Connie De Groot
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