The kitchen and master bath are the most important rooms in the home for many people. These are also the rooms that most show a home’s age. According to the National Association of REALTORS Cost vs. Value report for the mountain region:
- A minor kitchen remodel can recoup 80.2% of the cost
- A major kitchen remodel can recoup 62.7% of the cost
- A bathroom remodel can recoup 66.3% of the cost
So, should you remodel your kitchen or bath in Park City? I’ve included several photos of homes that I have sold to illustrate what makes the kitchen or bath dated and what doesn’t. I’d love it if you shared your thoughts in the comments. Read the description below each photo for what I suggest should be remodeled in the kitchen or bathroom, if anything, for maximum return on investment.
Park City Kitchens: Remodel or Up to Date?
#1. This kitchen is dated due to its cabinets, appliances and floor. The refrigerator is stainless, but note the old black and white stove. The cabinets are oak, which is coming back into style, but not with this finish. The floor is a generic tile. Solution for this kitchen would be to stain or paint the cabinets a darker finish, replace the dated appliances and replace the Formica countertop.
#2. This kitchen has lovely granite countertops and quality alder cabinets. This home is about 10 years old. These finishes were top of the line when this home was built, but is on the verge of being dated as some buyers prefer a less rustic look. My own kitchen looked a lot like this one before we replaced all the cabinet doors and pulls.
#3. This home was built in 2007 and was incredibly ahead of its time. The countertops are an eco-friendly silestone. The cabinets are sleek walnut. This home is up to date 8 years after it was built.
#4. This home was built in 1999 but the owners did a complete update of the kitchen. Notice the subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances, and sleek finish of the cabinets. The handles are a nice stainless finish.
Park City Master Baths: Remodel or Up to Date?
#5. The hardware has been updated in this master bathroom, but the countertop and cabinets are definitely old school. Solution: Stain the cabinets or replace the doors. Replace countertop with a solid surface. Use a vessel sink to add some dimension.
#6. In this bath, the flooring and lower cabinets are the same as in the previous home, and countertops scream late 1990’s. Solution: Same as above.
#7. This home was built in the early 2000’s. The lighter finish on the cabinets gives that away. The countertops and vessel sinks still work. Solution: Stain the cabinets darker or reface them. Update the pulls.
#8. This master bath is in a high quality, rustic home. It works for right now, but could be on the verge of looking dated, depending on the taste of the owner.
#9. This bath has been updated. The cabinets were stained, pull handles were replaced, the shower surround is glass, and all the floors are high quality travertine. Countertops are granite. This is a good looking master bath.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!