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7 best kitchen upgrades

Kitchens are the most popular room in every home. It’s where people cook, eat, hang out, study, and work. The massive changes that followed Covid-19 influenced the evolution of kitchens from food-centric rooms to multipurpose spaces. This blog will dive into the best kitchen upgrades of 2023. 

1. Walk-in Pantries 

2022 has seen a surge in home designs that promote peace of mind and focus on uncluttered spaces. 

A walk-in pantry gives you plenty of space to store your groceries, pans, pots, and kitchenware and lets you display fabulous works of art on your shelves and countertops. 

It allows you to create beautiful aesthetics for your kitchen and limit clutter. 

Blue and White Pantry

This kitchen upgrade might be costly and need structural alterations. If you already have a pantry, update its design with a fresher style and bigger storage capacity. 

In case you don’t have one, you might need to borrow space from an adjoining room. Casa Utopia Builders can pay you a house visit, assess your kitchen space, and give you solutions for the walk-in pantry that best suits your kitchen.

2. A second Island

kitchen with two islands


Yes, you read that correctly! When dealing with a kitchen island upgrade, doubling up is the best solution. 

If you have a confined space, try putting in one large island with enough room for cooking and eating. 

If space isn’t an issue, you can build one island with a sink and a cooktop solely for cooking; and a second island with shelves and comfortable seats to use as a space for work, hobbies, and games. 

Islands made of natural wood and solid textures are in high demand as they promote the use of organic elements, bringing a chic and natural flair to your kitchen. 


3. Bigger Cabinets

Blue and white cabinets in modern kitchen interior with wooden floor

When looking to upgrade kitchen cabinets, the more storage you have, the better. If you’re interested in kitchen remodel ideas on a budget, having a floor-to-ceiling cabinet is cheaper than building a full-on pantry. 

You may also opt for countertop-to-ceiling cabinets with glass panels if you have stunning sets that you want to display. 

Remember to include traditional wall cabinets with plenty of space under them for you to cook freely and place canisters and small appliances.

4. Workstation Sink

A Galley Workstation.

In this day and age, practicality and flexibility are what single-basin sinks lack. Workstation sinks are under-mount sinks with a drainage board, colander, drying rack, or cutting board attached. 

These workstation sinks are one of the best kitchen upgrade ideas because they provide homeowners with a multi-tasking area to handle food prep and clean-up more efficiently. 


5. Renewing your appliances

Modern hi-tek kitchen, clean interior design

Since kitchens can be the most used room in a house, they need to run smoothly. Outdated appliances that keep malfunctioning are the primary reason that pushes people to look into kitchen upgrades

Investing in premium appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, ovens, air fryers, pressure cookers, and more provides durability and quality performance. 

Buying stainless steel appliances with high-tech features simplifies cooking, adds a touch of sophistication to your kitchen, and increases your home value.


6. Flexible Lights

A Contemporary Kitchen Countertop Made Of Marble. There's A Beautiful Glass Lighting Fixture Right Above The Countertop.

Seeing that a kitchen is multifunctional, it’s wise to install lighting that complies with every scenario. For instance, bright lights are perfect for cooking and cleaning, while soft lights are better suited for gatherings and hang-outs. 

Nowadays, you can save up on wiring costs and use smart lighting. It allows you to control a room’s brightness directly from your phone by voice command or app. 

If you want traditional rheostats you can still make a bold statement by purchasing unique ones with round designs. 


7. Merging Indoors and Outdoors

A modern kitchen with large windows overlooking a garden, featuring a marble island, gray cabinets, pendant lights, and a glass dining table with clear chairs. bright natural light fills the space.

If your kitchen comes with a mesmerizing view, you can blur the lines between inside and outside by installing big movable garden windows or glass walls. 

One of the best kitchen remodel ideas 2023, this kitchen upgrade creates a seamless transition that basks your space in natural sunlight, makes it bigger, and reduces energy costs. 

Moreover, growing plants and herbs by the windows or glass walls adds balance to the indoor/outdoor harmony and rejuvenates the kitchen.


Final thoughts

Kitchens are the heart of every house; they provide families with love and memories. When seeking the best kitchen upgrades it all comes down to your budget and the urgency of the changes. 

Contact Casa Utopia now to discuss your kitchen remodel needs and restore the heart of your home. 

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