Kitchens Sell Houses

Kitchens Sell Houses


One of the most important areas of any property is arguably the kitchen. Not only do they sell houses but they also bring family and friends together. Once considered just a space for food preparation, the kitchen is now the heart of the home being a key hub for entertaining and socialising.


A modern kitchen with luxury finishes such as stone bench tops, brand name appliances and functional cabinetry can go a long way to luring buyers for your home. According to Neale Whitaker on’s blog, the old adage that ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell houses’ is certainly true. “They are the big-ticket items and the kitchen and bathrooms are the spaces people will be most concerned about spending on when considering buying a house.” says Whitaker.


When it comes to setting your renovation budget, remember that kitchens offer the best return on investment and it is generally advised that you spend between 3% to 6% of your home value on your kitchen. This ensures you are maximising the financial benefit when it comes to sale time. For some ideas of typical renovation costs, please have a read of our previous blog post here.


The four key areas to focus on when updating your kitchen for sale are:


1. Storage

It might seem like a no-brainer, but ensuring there is ample storage in the cabinetry is a must. Many old houses have pokey corner kitchens and limited overhead cabinetry. A full floor-to-ceiling cabinetry wall is a great way to maximise storage. Quality cabinetry with durable hinges and hardware is essential.

2. Space

Entertaining space is extremely important to buyers so make sure the remodeled kitchen is an open plan design with, ideally, a central island bench.  The island bench not only acts a breakfast bar and dining table but is also very useful for entertaining guests.

3. Appliances

Brand name appliances like Miele, Smeg and Gaggenau are attractive to potential buyers as they portray quality and reliability. A good cooktop, rangehood, oven and dishwasher are non negotiables.

4. Benchtops

Ditch the laminate and invest in stone bench tops to add an instant touch of luxury. Buyers will be drawn to the superior finish of stone and marble especially when contrasting against modern, clean cabinetry.

5. Splashback

Keep it simple and classy for maximum appeal. Stone splashbacks can be a great way to continue the benchtop finish up the wall. Other options include: glass, tiles, concrete, large format porcelain etc.



Our designers can assist you to set out a clear budget and brief for your kitchen renovation. Arrange a chat with one of our team members today by calling (08) 6101 1190 or by dropping in to our showroom at 307 Hay St, Subiaco. We’d love to help you realise your next project!


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Welcome to the Design Blog. Here we're sharing the latest kitchen and bathroom products from our Italian manufacturers. We'll also bring you inspiring kitchen renovations and beautiful bathrooms. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.