Recently, BYT hosted an event at Ferguson’s Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery that focused on ways to update, renovate, and stage your home for maximum value. It featured a panel of experts, including Jennifer Powers from Saltbox Interiors, Jeremy Broughman from C&C Storm Renovations, and Grant Murphy from DS Murphy’s Appraisal division among others. Needless to say, we learned a lot! If you were able to attend, thank you so much for coming! If not, check out some of the notes and takeaways from the Q&A session with our panel below!

Appliance Discussion:

-Steam feature in ovens is coming to mass market
-Stainless Steel still reigns supreme for resale and long-term design
-Warming drawers are becoming more popular, but still limited to customized kitchens for the most part
-Built-in refrigeration (think Subzero) may actually be worth a little extra cash up front

  • food actually stays fresher longer
  • the quality of the components is truly better, meaning long-lasting form and function

-Bosch Appliances are considered mass premium
-Thermador / Wolf / Gaggeneau are “jewelry for your kitchen”
-1/3 of people do not actually use the high end products – it’s probably new

Renovation & Design Discussion:

– Light and bright is still in – for interiors especially
– Deep colors (navy, red, gold, etc) coming in Winter, but expect it to be a short-lived season – stick to using these as accents, not foundations
– Farmhouse is the style for 2018 interiors and is expected to stay for quite a while, especially the more classic styling
– Open floor plans are still in
– Islands are becoming functional gathering places
– Fabricated countertops offer less variation (Neolith is a new, hot countertop material)
– Easiest changes with the biggest impact: lighting and paint color, followed by updating ceiling fans
– Plumbing Fixtures: Kholer is a good brand, Newport brass is a good brand at a good price
– The best values come with bundle deals on appliances (Thermador offers these bundles for luxury brand)

Appraisal Discussion:

– Renovating kitchens and baths still adds the most value
– Flooring is important, but not essential for appraised value
– Working with professionals is KEY for value added options
– Keep resale in mind, even for custom projects

Are you thinking of renovating, but you’re not sure where to start? We can help! Barnes Young partners with contractors all over Atlanta for our listings, and we are happy to send you recommendations for your projects! Just drop us a message on our website or e-mail us directly, and we will be delighted to set you on the right path!

Wishing you all the best,

The Barnes Young Team