While reading up on remodeling trends, we came across this article from the National Association of Realtors.

In their 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value report, they cite the minor kitchen remodel as the number 4 most cost-effective home improvement.  Allow us to share an excerpt:

Project 4: Kitchen Remodel (Minor)

Cost $21,695
Resale value $15,790
Cost recouped 72.8%
(National averages)

What this project entails: In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace the fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace the wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install a mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint the trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.

“Too often, home owners overimprove their kitchen,” says Adam Bosworth, a sales associate at Peggy Parker Real Estate LLC in Norwich, N.Y. “That’s not cost-effective unless they’ll stay in the house a long time.”

To save a good chunk of money on a kitchen remodel, keep your existing electrical wiring and plumbing in place, Bosworth says.

Another idea: Considering painting your cabinets instead of buying new ones, advises Jude Herr, broker-owner of Boulder Area Realty in Boulder, Colo…

We agree whole-heartily with this article.  And that’s why we created kitchenCRATE, a 7 day, $15,000 kitchen remodel that launched just a few months ago.

Our first kitchenCRATE project was a hit with the customer, and we’re excited for the two additional projects scheduled for the summer of 2012.

Perhaps you’re considering such a remodel.  We’d love to meet with you and discuss kitchenCRATE and how we can help you drastically improve the look and the feel of your kitchen.  Give us a call at 209-622-3610 or shoot us an email at [email protected].  We look forward to meeting with you!

Scott Monday (email) is Founder and CEO of Trinity Renovation, Inc., the parent company of kitchenCRATE.  Learn more about Scott at Google+ or on Facebook.