Westlake Hills is a quiet but luxurious area of West Austin, Texas. Many of the available Westlake houses for sale are beautifully updated, but then again, a kitchen can always be improved upon. From new appliances to novel designs and updated finishes, the possibilities of a Westlake Hills kitchen are limited only by your imagination. Here are half a dozen kitchen upgrades that can add style, convenience, and value to Westlake homes for sale:
Kitchen islands never go out of style. A kitchen island provides a great way to add countertop space or an additional sink. For those who snag a Westlake home that already has this feature, there is still the option to update the countertop with a variety of lavish materials, from marble to hardwood. To really enhance an island, consider upgrading it to a sturdy hardwood bar, complete with matching stools.
For homes with narrower kitchens, there is still hope. It may be possible to expand or remodel the kitchen in a way that allows space for that chic kitchen island. For example, a wall in the kitchen could be removed to add an island where there was previously only a countertop. This would open up the kitchen for a more spacious design.
To go with that nice kitchen island, new countertops are essential. The construction of the counters can be altered or left the same in the process. This is a simple upgrade that can make the whole kitchen feel new. Countertops come in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes. Different surfaces offer different benefits, both to the design and function. The latest kitchen countertop emerging trends are:
- Quartz is king. This non-porous kitchen countertop is extremely low maintenance and resistant to bacteria, stains, heat, and scratches. Austin Granite Direct has a stunning collection of gorgeous granite, marble, and quartz.
- You will also have to choose your finish. No shine with a honed or matte finish is gaining popularity in new kitchen designs.
- Colored countertops create a vibrant setting, brighten up your kitchen, and add contrast.
- Natural materials like wood, slate, or marble can really complement the design of a modern kitchen. Also, they fit perfectly into the atmosphere of rolling Texas hills that you will find in Westlake.
For those who love modern technology, smart appliances are getting more innovative and increasingly popular. Smart appliances are integrated with sensor technology and the internet and can be operated from your phone. They provide real-time digital information like temperature and humidity. These innovative appliances are making our lives more connected and convenient, from smart fridges that help with grocery shopping to voice-activated kitchen faucets that can fill water at a specified right temperature.
Tile walls and mosaics
For those Westlake houses that require more renovations, consider converting the kitchen island into a bar. These two design ideas can be blended. Bars, like other counter surfaces, can be fashioned from a variety of materials. For homes with a complimentary design scheme, a nice, rugged piece of hardwood can be a great option to allow for a more rustic feel, even within the luxury that Westlake homes for sale offer. You can even obtain a Texas-grown slab of spalted pecan from Texas Pecan Wood. As an added bonus, matching stools or bar seats can add comfort and style to a well-designed bar.
Floors are an easily replaceable part of a home. Today’s Westlake homeowners have an impressive variety of flooring options, especially for the kitchen. You can go traditional with a nice tile floor but keep it modern with some of the latest cuts and styles. For a uniquely striking and durable design, consider stone flooring. Just like marble, there are all sorts of options for the color, texture, and design of stone floors. As a finishing touch, small rugs or mats for the sink area can be a nice accent to complement the flooring.
Getting started on a Westlake Hills kitchen
If you want to upgrade your kitchen to get the most return on your sale, contact local real estate agent Kathryn Scarborough. She’s highly experienced in preparing Westlake homes for sale and will guide you through the buying and selling process.
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