What’s Worth Splurging on in a Kitchen Renovation

Renovating your home can be a costly and overwhelming process. With so many options available, it can be challenging to decide where to splurge and where to save. Nicolle, a homeowner from upstate New York, knew that the kitchen would serve as the heart of her home— with this in mind, she decided to invest in a few key details that made a world of difference. 

High Quality Details & Materials

One of the keys to Nicolle's success was her attention to detail. She focused on subtle, luxe details that would elevate the space without overwhelming it with excess. For example, she chose to use wood paneling on the fridge to blend it seamlessly with the modern wood-toned slab cabinets, creating a minimalist, modern look while reinforcing natural tones reminiscent of the West Coast. The gleaming brass fixtures and circular pendant light added warmth, while stacked subway tiling added a dash of charm. All together, by opting for nicer materials, Nicolle was able to create a space that was simultaneously simple and luxurious.


A Great Contractor

One of the most important parts of any renovation is the contractor who will bring it to life. If you’re going to splurge on anything, this is where you should invest. Choosing someone who’s familiar with your type of project and has a track record of demonstrated success will go a long way in making sure you get the space you’ve always dreamed of. Nicolle worked with a local, vetted contractor that she matched with on Block— but if you’re going to try and renovate on your own, check out our vetting guide here to get some tips on how you can make sure you’re building with the best.

Design Help

Often, homeowners have an idea for what they want, but they can’t quite articulate it. It can be hard to translate a concept into a concrete space. Working with a designer ensures that your vision is realized in all its glory. They’ll be able to help you select materials, adjust layout, and inform you on considerations that you might not have thought of. Nicolle worked with a Block designer, and their careful attention to detail paid off in a big way. Her kitchen became the focal point of the house and transformed the entire home's aesthetic, making it feel more personal and welcoming. As she shared, "We’ve had so many lovely parties and celebrations here, and every morning it's the place where we feel the most human."