“If buyers walk into a high-end home and see apartment-grade or even midrange appliances, they’re going to wonder what else is missing from their wish list,” says Jim Hamilton, regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors.
Separate steam ovens, which can cost several thousand dollars and are pitched as a healthful way to prepare vegetables, fish, and even desserts, are a popular trend in high-end appliances. Now the technology is finally coming to the residential market,” says Laurie Haefele, a designer-architect in Santa Monica, Calif.
The crew painted the top cabinets with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit in Pure White and the lower cabinets Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit in Gray for a two-tone dimension, and painted a playful chalkboard on the side of the cabinets.
Among refrigerators, cabinet-depth models offer the streamlined look of built-ins for thousands less.“People subconsciously associate stone with stability underfoot, so it’s a natural choice for flooring,” says New York City architect Leonard Kady. Engineered wood flooring, which has a veneer of real wood over a substrate, can be floated over the subfloor, saving on installation costs.The downside is that most can be refinished only once, whereas solid flooring can be refinished multiple times.“Designers talk about patina, but you have to remember that’s just a fancy term for scratches and stains,” he says.If, like many homeowners, you want things to stay looking new, consider quartz, a highly durable engineered stone that can resemble natural stone.