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Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

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Stylish, Budget-Friendly, Basic Remodeling Necessities for Your Home


When investing in a kitchen makeover, you want a successful project that delivers on your wishlist of basic kitchen remodeling necessities. You also want a good balance of aesthetics, function and value for money. California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers helps maximize your renovation budget with the experience and expertise of a skilled team.


For a kitchen that looks great and functions well, you need ‘everything in its place and a place for everything’. From convenient racks and flexible storage, to utilization of corner spaces, some basic kitchen remodeling necessities can help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

Here are a few features that every modern kitchen should have:

  1. Trash & recycling: Old trash bins sitting beside the cabinets take up space and look unsightly. A pull-out drawer, or an under-the-sink cabinet to keep your trash bin is a space-saving addition that also adds greater appeal. Get a dedicated unit built into your cabinetry with space for at least two bins, so you can separate garbage and recycling.
  2. Corner storage: If you have corner cabinets, you probably fill them with rarely used items, or struggle to reach your pots and pans inside. Minimize wasted space and add convenience by installing two-tiered carousel shelving. Easy access to stowed items will simplify the way you operate in your kitchen.
  3. Spice pull-out: What’s a kitchen without the magic of spices? Over time however, you may accumulate many spice containers. Storing them on a shelf means you can’t see the ones that are pushed to the back. Why not get a dedicated spice pull-out built into your cabinetry? Tiered shelving will allow you to stack numerous bottles and jars in a way that each one is always visible and accessible.
  4. Deep drawers: While the size of your drawers depends on the total cabinet space available in your kitchen, the ones that probe the full depth of the countertop offer great utility and convenience. Look for full extension drawer hardware that allows you to pull out the drawer to its maximum capacity, improving both storage and access.
  5. Cabinet and drawer dividers: Built-in drawer dividers are great for organizing your cutlery, knives, peelers, whisks and other small items. Vertical cabinet dividers or trays are very useful for neatly stacking cutting boards, serving trays, cookie sheets, baking pans and more. Work on a design and pattern that suits your cooking style and addresses your storage needs.

Depending on your renovation budget, you could also consider other features, such as a pot-filler, a warming drawer, a dedicated coffee bar, and ‘hidden’ appliances that blend in with your walls and cabinets. While some enhancements may be desirable, others may be necessary due to restrictive space or aging-in-place requirements.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we love to redesign kitchens and enhance their appeal and functionality. Our innovative concepts and unparalleled workmanship will help you achieve the cook space of your dreams. We offer complete design and installation services, and deliver within the agreed timelines and budget.

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including in Santa Clara, Monte Sereno, Willow Glen, Cambrian, San Jose, Almaden, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials from our delighted customers.

Call CBKR, your kitchen remodeling contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss the basic kitchen remodeling necessities you require, to ensure a stunning makeover.

5 Kitchen Renovation Projects to Increase Home Sale Value


Getting ready to list your home on the market? Is it ready to impress and fetch you top dollar? Kitchen renovations are known to increase the value of a home for sale. While you declutter the rooms, refresh the walls and dress up your home for showings, consider these smart makeovers that will make potential buyers fall in love.


From seasoned hosts and avid cooks, to busy families and empty nesters, you may attract a range of potential buyers with different tastes. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, even minor tweaks or modifications in this space are likely to fetch you high returns on your investment. However, any makeovers before listing your home on the market will depend on the size of your kitchen and the budget available for upgrades.

Here’s a look at 5 different scenarios for kitchen renovation projects that will stretch your dollar and maximize your home sale value.

  1. For a healthy budget: A recent study suggests that certain features, such as a chef’s kitchen, a farmhouse sink, or a Carrara marble countertop will fetch up to 20% more in your home sale value. Besides, who wouldn’t like a chef’s kitchen? If you have a healthy budget, go for a complete transformation. In addition to changing the cabinetry, installing new countertops and backsplash, redoing the flooring, and painting the walls, you can also consider:
  • Installing high-end appliances with smart features and controls
  • Adding a pot-filler, a wine fridge and an additional oven
  • Upgrading to a farmhouse sink, or a double sink with stylish faucets
  1. For a conservative budget: If your priority is saving up for your next home, you can limit renovations to a few upgrades and modifications:
  • Paint or refinish the cabinets and swap out old hardware with modern pieces
  • Add under-cabinet lighting
  • Replace the existing light fixtures with updated designs
  • Upgrade the backsplash and countertops
  1. For a tight budget: If your pre-home-sale renovation project is on a shoestring budget, you can:
  • Give your kitchen walls a fresh coat of paint
  • Paint or stain the cabinets
  • Add small potted plants or a hanging basket near the window
  • Declutter the countertops and create as much workspace as possible (a key feature that most potential buyers desire)
  1. For compact kitchens: In a smaller home, your kitchen may also be quite compact. Create an illusion of space and ensure that the kitchen offers maximum functionality. Consider these renovation ideas:
  • Expand your countertop for additional workspace and seating, while eliminating the eat-in dining table and chairs
  • Extend cabinets up to the ceiling to increase storage
  • Add ample lighting and choose lighter shades of paint
  • Incorporate smart storage ideas in your cabinetry and island
  1. For large kitchens: Optimize the available square footage with practical, family-friendly solutions. Look at incorporating functional elements, such as:
  • A breakfast nook with comfortable bench seating
  • A large island that makes a statement and serves as additional workspace
  • A dedicated wall or section within the kitchen for growing fresh herbs
  • Update your kitchen furniture to suit your home’s style—classic, contemporary or rustic


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about re-designing kitchens and installing smart solutions that offer attractive, functional spaces. Invest in our creative ideas, skilled workmanship and quality finishes to earn top dollar on your home sale. We are respectful of timelines and budgets and aim for your complete satisfaction.

Since 1994, we have served happy homeowners across Santa Clara Valley, including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials to understand our commitment to customer service.

Call CBKR, your kitchen remodeling contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss a range of kitchen renovation ideas to stretch your dollar and maximize your home sale value.