Kitchen Upgrades Worth Splurging On

Big or small, today’s kitchens are the heart of the home, and a place you’re sure to spend a lot of your time. With countless options and gadgets to choose from, think about how you use (or want to use) your kitchen and prioritize the upgrades that make sense for your lifestyle.

Read on for both modest and pricey kitchen upgrades worth splurging on in your new home!

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The Sky is the Limit with a Walkout Basement

Rec Room with billiards and wet bar in the walkout basement of The Clubwell Manor - House Plan #5037
By Chuck Tripp

In a recent blog article (April 2015), I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.

The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space:

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