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Thinking of Remodeling Your Kitchen?

After purchasing a new home, nearly half of all homeowners set in motion a full makeover of the kitchen.  

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From a survey released by Houzz and another from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, we've gathered the top features that homeowners are incorporating into their home's eating areas. From pretty to practical, you're sure to see a few of these additions in the homes of your friends and family in the near future.

Beginning with functionality, 32% of survey respondents identified versatile, professional-grade ranges--otherwise known as chef stoves--as highly desirable.  Another amenity are the countertops: While granite is still the top preference, 36% of people plan to make the switch to quartz, a more resilient and lower-maintenance option.  

Almost half of all respondents noted the importance of an eco-friendly kitchen--and that doesn't stop at energy-efficient appliances.  Anyone can create this environment beginning with small, easy changes such as replacing paper towels with cloths or cleaning with non-toxic solutions.  

New designs and decorations are gaining momentum in the kitchen as well.  69% of those remodeling will incorporate a blend of traditional and contemporary styles along with white cabinetry, bringing a light and bright feel into the room.  At the same time you may notice a few more gray color schemes, as they have increased in popularity a full 46% since mid-2012.  The updated looks will be topped off with stainless steel appliances in 65% of the kitchens.

To add more zest to the food prep stations, half of the homes under construction will be outfitted with tile backsplash, an accent that Sheila Schmitz of Houzz.com describes as "the jewelry of the kitchen."  You'll continue to see tile flooring as well.  However, hardwood floors have become more favorable and now have a stronger foothold on the charts.

Last but not least, what about islands?  Over 60% of respondents plan to include one in the room.  Since spatial restrictions and the ease of traffic flow must be taken into account, islands are still enjoyed for their convenience but are not considered a necessity.

Are you embarking on a remodeling journey too?  Which trends will you be bringing into your home?  As you set out to make your kitchen your own, keep in mind that the future may lead you to another home and a different family will then be in the house.  Beware of making major changes that will have to be toned down and adjusted at your expense if and when you decide to sell your property.  Simplicity is always in style!

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Back On The Market -- Don't Miss This Chance! 48 Milton St, Williamsville | $189,900

48-milton Take advantage of another chance at this incredible Village home with striking hardwood floors, a contemporary kitchen, air conditioning, deep lot, in-home stereo system, dry basement and plenty of charm. Meticulously decorated and maintained by caring owners. Ideal for the homeowner seeking the ability to walk to Main St., shops, farmers market and parks within minutes.

UPDATES INCLUDE: RENOVATED KITCHEN WITH CORIAN COUNTERS AND STAINLESS APPLIANCES, A/C (2012), HWT (2012), FRESHLY PAINTED (2012) & TEAR OFF ROOF (2008).

View the full listing for 48 Milton here.

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New listing: 48 Milton St, Williamsville | $189,900

48-milton Don't miss this incredible Village home with striking hardwood floors, a contemporary kitchen, air conditioning, deep lot, in-home stereo system, dry basement and plenty of charm. Meticulously decorated and maintained by caring owners. Ideal for the homeowner seeking the ability to walk to Main St, shops, farmers market and parks within minutes.

UPDATES INCLUDE: RENOVATED KITCHEN WITH CORIAN COUNTERS AND STAINLESS APPLIANCES, A/C (2012), HWT (2012), FRESHLY PAINTED (2012) & TEAR OFF ROOF (2008).

Showings Friday, 8/2, from 5:30 - 7:30pm only.

View the full listing for 48 Milton here.

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View this great Snyder Home: 73 Yorktown | $144,900

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtwj9W8mB1g&w=560&h=315] Call now to see this charming Snyder home with an incredible kitchen, including custom Tuscan cabinetry, granite counters and all appliances in the Smallwood school district!

Landscaped front and park-like backyard with deck make this your own private retreat. Brazilian cherry hardwoods throughout with mostly newer Pella windows. Newer roof, electric and furnace, plus new HWT mean no updates for new owners.

This is truly walking distance to all amenities. Call now to learn more or schedule a showing!

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Price Reduced: 108 Larchmont, Buffalo $174,500

Price recently reduced on this beautiful, renovated and maintenance-free home on a quiet island street in the University district! Three large bedrooms all feature very large closets -- a truly unique opportunity for a city home. The master bedroom also includes a wood-buring fireplace and dual closets.

Come in via the elegant side entrance to find yourself in a large living room with another wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookshelves, classic wood moldings and bay window in the dining room.

If these features do not sell you, the new cherry kitchen featuring Corian counters and Pergo floors will.

Relax in Spring, Summer and Fall on this homes two-tier deck and covered patio with above-ground pool.

This truly is a unique property worth a viewing. More photos available here. Contact us to make an appointment to visit 108 Larchmont or attend the open house on Sunday, 10/31 from 1-3pm.

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