The bathroom and the kitchen in any house are critical to update if you are trying to sell your home or flip an investment house.  Of the bathroom or the kitchen, the kitchen upgrades are most likely to leave the best first impression when others are looking to buy your home.  Additionally when visiting, my family seems to gravitate to the kitchen as I imagine happens in most families.  The kitchen is where “it’s happening” and where enjoyment of your surroundings is most important. 

In the kitchen, the obvious upgrades include new cabinets, countertops, flooring, paint and depending on the circumstances, maybe new appliances.  The traditional appliance approach would include refrigerator, dishwasher, stove/oven and built in microwave oven.  There are some important trends in society that may point to consideration of another class of under counter appliances, besides trash compactors and dishwashers, which will quickly present an air of sophistication to your remodel. 

Consider the fact that wine is becoming an ever-increasing favorite of many people.  With over 1000 different wine varieties, the choices, which one has, seem nearly infinite. Many sources even tout the health benefits of drinking wine, in moderation of course.  It is time to ramp up and modernize our approach to the old-fashion kitchen remodel. 

Today’s market place has a wide variety of quality products that will fit under counter remodel situations.  Three of those product categories focus on the current society trends in wine and beverage cooling needs.  Those categories include wine coolers, beverage coolers and icemakers.  Imagine a newly remodeled kitchen that can accommodate, in a standard 15 or 24-inch base cabinet space, a new wine or beverage cooler to fit your needs.  You should also be able to imagine never running out of ice again even if your refrigerators ice machine jams, as it always seems to do. 

Under counter appliances do cost slightly more that free standing ones, because they require front-vented cooling systems.  However, the efficient use of floor space more than compensates for the higher cost.  Generally, you will find quality under counter wine coolers, beverage centers and ice makers for approximately $350 to $1000 depending on what “bells and whistles” you want to incorporate.  Products are also available that are pantry size built in uprights that can accommodate over 160 bottles of wine or a combination of wine bottles and beverage cans.  These larger products will often cost from $1000 to $2000, also depending on the features you select. 

Using a more up to date idea for kitchen remodeling will give your home a new and unique décor that you can be proud of and enjoy.  The sophisticated look to your new kitchen will make your home a showcase that will attract new buyers, because of your unique kitchen appliances. 

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Author: Ronald Senn, VP Ideal Wine Coolers, September 2009