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Date Posted: August 1, 2013

FIVE TIPS FOR KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

Oakville, Ontario... Feel the need to renovate? If so, you're not alone. A recent survey of 100,000 homeowners by Houzz.com found that 53 percent believe that now is a good time to remodel. When deciding on where the makeover begins, look no farther than the kitchen. As one of the most highly trafficked areas of the home and the family hub, kitchens deserve some extra attention. Or, if you're thinking of moving, the kitchen is a major selling point for homebuyers -- and an ideal investment to help attract more potential buyers and achieve a higher selling price. To ensure a successful project, keep in mind these kitchen-remodeling tips:

Add colour and light. Splashes of color and artwork can transform a kitchen from a workspace to a fun, vibrant family-gathering spot. To show off those dazzling colours, choose window treatments that let the sunshine in and make the room feel open and airy. Next, take a look at the windows themselves. If your windows have air leaks, don't open easily or don't have a quality aesthetic, it may be time for new. Luckily, you'll see a return on investment immediately as high-efficiency replacement windows and patio doors not only save money over their less-efficient predecessors, but they retain their value should the home be sold, according to industry statistics.

Go bold with fixtures. Once you've chosen a new sink, top off the highly used area with a fashionable and highly functional new kitchen faucet. If you lean more towards modern styling, the new STō™ collection offers a slim, sleek tubular design with an innovative, integrated pulldown wand which neatly docks inside the spout. If you lean toward a more traditional style, the Moen® Weymouth™ collection features an ornate, Victorian design. Both faucet collections offer both kitchen and bar/prep faucets and are available in the most popular finishes, including Spot Resist™ Stainless, which helps resist fingerprints and water spots.

Store in style. Kitchen cabinetry occupies the majority of your kitchen space, so if you're not satisfied with your current functionality or style, it may be time for an update. Consider your current layout, storage capacity, storage flexibility, material and finish. Next, talk to a design expert to determine if your needs require a complete overhaul -- of just a minor facelift. Luckily, it's stylish to mix and match finishes and designs, so you may be able to utilize some of your existing cabinets with some new updates. Plus, companies such as MasterBrand Cabinets offer a spectrum of cabinetry products ranging from standard to custom, with solutions for every budget and lifestyle.

Freshen the flooring. While design, colour, and surface appeal are important considerations, you'll also want kitchen flooring that can live up to your lifestyle and provide the comfort and durability you need. Luckily, there are numerous materials to choose from. For example, natural stone and ceramic tile are high-end products that radiate taste and elegance. Just remember, if selecting these hard surfaces, you'll also want to invest in cushioned rugs for areas where you'll be standing for longer periods of time. Other choices, such as linoleum and vinyl, can offer the look of tile or wood in a more economical, easy-to-clean package. Finally, hardwood has made great strides as a flooring option for kitchens due to improved product quality and sealing technology.

With these few key kitchen upgrades, you'll soon have the fashionable and functional kitchen you've always desired -- or one that will appeal to potential buyers. For more information about Moen products, visit moen.ca or call (800) 465-6130.

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For more information contact:

Garry Scott
Vice President, Wholesale Marketing & Brand Development
Phone: (800) 465-6130
Email: garry.scott@moen.com
Courtney McGeever or Samantha Eastman
Falls Communications
Phone: (216) 696-0229
Email: cmcgeever@fallscommunications.com
or seastman@fallscommunications.com

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