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!

Counter-Depth Refrigerator

Counter-depth refrigerator in the small, open concept Kitchen of The Sorvino - House Plan Number 1222

For an open concept kitchen that melds with your living space, a counter-depth refrigerator is a great choice because of its sleek profile. Counter-depth units are shallower and usually wider and taller than standard refrigerators, providing a polished look and offering a little extra room for foot traffic. However, if clearance isn’t an issue but cubic footage is, stick with a standard refrigerator because counter-depth units are more expensive.

Prep Sink

Small Kitchen with prep sink from The Runnymeade - House Plan Number 1164

A prep sink or veggie sink will come in handy if there is more than one cook in the house. Ideal for a large island where the bulk of the food preparation takes place, a prep sink will help reduce the number of laps you’ll take while getting dinner ready.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting in the Kitchen of The Whitcomb - House Plan Number 1218-D

Can there ever really be enough light in the kitchen? Under cabinet lighting is an easy upgrade that can make measuring, chopping, and reading recipes easier on the eyes. Add in a few dazzling pendant lights, and the kitchen will be beautiful as well as functional.

 TV and Sound System

Television in the Kitchen of The Clarkson - House Plan Number 1117

A true splurge, including a TV and sound system is a nice touch for a kitchen that is also the social hub of the home. Watch your favorite cooking show for inspiration, or avoid missing the big game while you host a party.

Mini Fridge or Wine Storage

Wine Storage Mini Fridge in the Kitchen of The Genova - House Plan Number 1191-D

Bottles and cans take up a lot of space in the refrigerator, so a mini fridge would be a convenient kitchen upgrade for those who love to entertain. Wine enthusiasts can opt for a wine storage unit designed to maintain the perfect temperature and conditions for their collections.

Accent Pieces

Granite slab accent piece for the island in the Kitchen of The Fincannon - House Plan Number 1234

Style is an important part of creating a happy place to work and play. Finding the perfect accent piece can bring a touch of personality to your kitchen, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether it’s a fabulous granite slab for the island countertop, intricate scrollwork, or a vibrant paint color, the right accent piece will add life to your kitchen.

What splurges will you make in your next kitchen? Tell us in the comments!

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One comment on “Kitchen Upgrades Worth Splurging On

  1. Trudy Bledsoe on

    We did the counter depth fridge & the undercounter lighting in our recent upgrade. Our accent pieces are three gorgeous cobalt blue glass pendants.
    But my favorite thing is full extension, soft close drawers & doors. And making my base cabinets almost all drawers. I love them! The one base cabinet with doors has two pull out full extension shelves.

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