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Using Your Home Improvement Loan for a New Kitchen
If you’re thinking about using your home improvement loan to give your kitchen a much-needed update, you’re not alone: according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by Harvard University, spending on home improvement and remodeling is set to increase in 2016, with projects like kitchen remodels and additions leading consumer spending. Homeowners are feeling more confident than ever, taking out home improvement loans and lines of credit after years of the remodeling industry remaining in a slump.
It’s no surprise that kitchen updates are one of the most popular projects when it comes to home improvement loans: creating a space to cook, eat, and congregate makes the kitchen a centerpiece for any home, and what’s better than hosting friends and family in a contemporary, updated space?
Kitchen Trend: Clean, Modern Lines
When deciding how to spend your home improvement loan, keeping an eye on current trends can help ensure that your kitchen doesn’t go from new to outdated before the paint dries. According to a 2014 survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), kitchens are becoming more contemporary, with simple lines and easy maintenance at the top of remodelers’ wish lists:
- Wood, glass, and nickel: The NKBA’s survey predicted that wood floors continue to grow in popularity in kitchen remodels, along with an increase in glass backsplashes and satin-nickel finished faucets.
- Quartz countertops: More and more kitchens are adding quartz countertops, which blend naturally hard materials and polymers to create an easy-to-clean, scratch-resistant surface that doesn’t need to be resealed like marble and granite.
- Stainless steel: Porcelain enamel may have once been the go-to material for sinks, but stainless steel has become a much more popular choice in recent years due to its versatility and ease of maintenance.
While some trends aren’t meant to last, using a home improvement loan to install versatile and durable materials ensures that your new kitchen will keep looking contemporary and functional well into the future.
Buying New Gadgets With a Home Improvement Loan
Kitchen renovations are more than just sinks and counters, and if you’re taking out a home improvement loan for an update, you’ll want to look toward the future. In many cases, this means finding the perfect electronics for your new kitchen, whether it’s the latest oven or a spot to charge your gadgets. The NKBA survey also asked respondents about trends in kitchen electronics,
- Docking and charging: Whether you’re looking up recipes on an iPad, watching television while you cook, or playing music at a dinner party, chances are you’re using electronics in your kitchen. Remodelers are making sure to include spaces for docking and charging devices in kitchen updates, allowing for seamless integration.
- Efficient lighting: LED lights have come a long way in the past few years, with prices dropping as the technology becomes more widely available. Investing a portion of your home improvement loan in energy-efficient lighting is an excellent way to cut down your electric bill far into the future.
- Ovens, cooktops, and refrigerators: Induction cooktops are becoming a popular addition to kitchens due to their energy efficiency, replacing electric or gas ranges. Other remodelers are choosing to add steam ovens for versatility, while French door refrigerators are seeing increased popularity.
When it comes to incorporating the latest technology in your kitchen remodel, there’s an overall trend toward efficiency and simplicity. While some of these updates represent a significant investment, paying for them through a home improvement loan can mean major cost savings down the line, freeing up funds to take on even more projects.
Getting More Out of Your Home Improvement Loan
Remodeling a kitchen is no small task, and taking out a home improvement loan to complete a renovation is a major decision. By keeping an eye towards trends in materials and features, you can make sure your big kitchen remodel isn’t a project you end up regretting in a few years. Using a home improvement loan to finance the latest technology and materials means you can expect your new kitchen to host dinners and parties well into the future.
Have you taken on a big kitchen remodel lately? Be sure to share any tips for successful renovations!