It's a question many phase three home owners face when the nest begins to empty: When's the best time to begin updating or renovating your home for the big downsize?
Now...so you can enjoy all the great upgrades or later...when you're on your way out?
For realtor, mom, and soon-to-be empty-nester, Suzy Smith, the choice was clear: It had to be now!
Anticipating the inevitable sale and downsize of their Atlanta home as her daughter headed college-bound, Smith knew the kitchen was the best place to invest their reno time and money. And better sooner than later. "I told my husband that either we spend the money now and get some enjoyment out of a pretty new kitchen for the next few years or we take a hit when we sell the house", Suzy explains.
Her beautiful renovation, featured in Traditional Home Magazine, illustrates how a well-appointed light-filled kitchen full of architectural interest, storage and functionality is a total win-win: Great for now--value adding for later.
Now the island is full service and offers both eating and work surfaces-- and holds refrigerator drawers, microwave, ice maker and more.
(Range Wall After)
(Range Wall Before)
Relocating the laundry room, originally at the front of the house, and removing the wall that separated the two spaces, added additional square footage and much needed light.
Individual charging stations for iPad, phones and laptops, housed in separate draws for each family member to keep electronics and cords organized and out of sight, are just one of the many smart upgrades featured in this renovation. This one's on my to-do list for my next home!
Before the remodel, the overall feel of the kitchen was dark, with few windows. Now arched windows offer beautiful views and a light airy feel to the entire space .
If you're contemplating an upcoming move or downsize as your family and lifestyle transition forward, check out the full article, Elegantly Renovated Kitchen---these Before & Afters are loaded with inspiring ideas for creating a warm, updated kitchen that's a smart short and long term investment.
(Photos Emily Jenkins Followill for Traditional Home).