On Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th, you can tour some of the most luxurious kitchens throughout Boulder County, with proceeds benefiting Boulder’s “I Have A Dream” Foundation. As we gear up for this year’s Dream Kitchen Tour, we should consider why the kitchen is such a vital part of the home. The kitchen (and its dining space) is the site of our culinary adventures and where we share meals with loved ones, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners and buyers deem it to be the focal point of a house. Most people are eager to view the kitchen during an Open House and an upgraded or well-designed one will generally increase the value of a home in the eyes of potential buyers.
Whether you want to remodel in preparation for putting your house on the market or because you’re determined to build your own dream kitchen, investing in your home’s cooking and dining space will pay off.
Even the simplest kitchen improvements, like new appliances and cabinet doors, can increase the value of a house. Small upgrades can help sellers make their dwelling more appealing without spending too much since some buyers prefer neutral spaces where they can imprint their own style and renovation ideas.
While specific design aesthetics vary, most people appreciate kitchens that are new or well maintained, as well as designed with a clear vision and an attention to detail. The best luxury kitchens have their own distinct character and functional features, such as energy efficient appliances.
In order to build a kitchen that’s both beautiful and comfortable to work in, you’ll need to work with experienced professionals. Fortunately, we have access to some incredible Boulder designers and contractors who will help you meet your remodeling needs.
Once your kitchen remodeling is complete, it’s time to take advantage of the renovations by making more of your own meals at home. If you want to improve your cooking or baking skills, there are plenty of classes available in Boulder at places like Simple Spoon, Sur la Table, and the kid-friendly Stir It Up. Food Lab is another great place to build your kitchen prowess, with 3 hour immersive hands-on classes available for all skill levels. Whether you’re interested in attending solo, with your partner, or making it a family affair, there’s a local class that’s sure to be right for you.
For those of you strapped for cooking time, the Organic Dish offers healthy, locally sourced, and organically prepared meal kits with instructions on how to cook them at home. For you home cooks determined to buy your own fresh ingredients or cook your meals from scratch, check out the Savory Spice Shop, where you can purchase tasty herbs, spices, salts and sauces that will enhance your home-cooked dishes, as well as Peppercorn, where you can buy essential cookware.
If you’re now finding yourself dreaming of updating your kitchen, you should attend the Dream Kitchen Tour to gain inspiration for future renovations. Perhaps one of these years your remodeled kitchen will end up on the tour!