You’re in your kitchen, cooking dinner. You’re waiting for the water to boil and you start to peruse the room.

“Those cabinets look…old. That sink is disgusting! And there isn’t nearly enough counter space in here.”

You decide that it’s time to renovate the kitchen. However, you have a modest home. Maybe it’s a little bit older. And you’re thinking, “Can I add a luxury kitchen to a modest home?”

The answer is…YES! Keep reading for tips on how to build a luxury kitchen in your modest home.

To Use…Or Not To Use Your Existing Cabinets?

You’re probably picturing yourself in a hard hat with protective goggles and a sledgehammer, wreaking absolute destruction on your existing cabinets.

Don’t do that just yet.

The average cost of new kitchen cabinets can be anywhere from $2K to $10K. If you’re going to remodel your kitchen, decide if you want to use what you already have. A fresh coat of paint and some new handles can totally transform the look of your existing cabinets into luxury features.

Now, if the cabinets are no longer functional or you want a completely new layout in the room itself, new cabinetry is a necessity and can exponentially increase the value of your home.

Our experts can help you decide what will work best for your luxury home addition and for your budget.

Add An Island To Your Luxury Kitchen

Kitchen islands add storage space and versatility; they offer extra seating, more cook space, storage, and become a centerpiece to the room.

If you’re going to add a new kitchen, an island would be a luxurious and practical addition.

An island can work in even a small kitchen; possible island additions can be an extra stovetop, microwave, or even a built-in beverage cooler. The possibilities are endless.

New, Modern Flooring

Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your house, so don’t forget about the floor.

Depending on when your house was built, there’s a good chance that the floor is rolled vinyl or linoleum, which doesn’t age well. Think about switching it out to something more timeless and durable, such as stone or wood.

Take a look at the Cole Project in Sammamish, which was a custom kitchen remodel. We added engineered hardwood floors for a modern, contrasting look and it really makes the rest of the remodel “pop.”

Slate has also become a new flooring option, as well as ceramic tile that looks like hardwood. If you’re going to remodel your kitchen, you’ll want flooring that will stand the test of time.

Add a Backsplash

A backsplash is a simple, yet luxurious feature that can add a pop color to your luxury home addition. It’s also practical and will keep your walls safe from water stains and other damage.

A tile backsplash is a great way to fill the space between your countertops and upper cabinets, and it’s easy to clean, too. Materials can be anything from ceramic to natural stone, or porcelain.

If your new, luxury features include solid colors such as white, black, or gray, an eye-catching backsplash can add a pop of color to the room while also providing protection to the existing walls.

New, High-Quality Countertops

Next to your cabinets, your countertops cover the most space in your kitchen. So, if your goal is a luxury kitchen, the countertops need to reflect that.

For instance, take a look at the Taylor Project that we completed in Issaquah. The client opted for custom, dark granite countertops, which contrasted beautifully with the lighter look of the rest of the kitchen.

Along with granite, concrete, marble, and quartz countertops would also be wonderful luxury features to add to your kitchen remodel.

Dramatic Lighting

What’s the use in creating a luxury home addition if it’s not properly lit? Lighting can make or break a room so, if you’re going to add a new kitchen, it makes sense to add new lighting.

The right lighting fixtures in your new luxury kitchen will accentuate all of the other new features that you’ve added. Whether it’s recessed lighting above the counters, a pendant hanging over the island, or lighting inside and underneath the cabinets, the lighting will set the mood for your new luxury kitchen.

For instance, take a look at all the different lighting options in the Bishop Project in Issaquah. From the pendants over the island to the gorgeous chandelier over the dining table and the recessed lighting over the sink, we can illuminate your luxury kitchen however you picture it.

Rollout Racks And Shelves

We’ve all been there – on our hands and knees, searching for the right-sized pot lid in a dark cabinet. So, why not add rollout shelves and racks to your luxury kitchen?

If you’re going to add a new kitchen, make it functional. By adding rollout racks and shelves, you can store your pots, pans, and other kitchen items in an easy-to-reach spot that doesn’t take up any extra room.

Energy-Efficient Appliances For Your Luxury Kitchen

It’s 2021 and people are looking to save a buck on their utility bills. Swap out your old refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove for new, energy-efficient models.

These new appliances can help you (and the future owners of your home) save hundreds, even thousands of dollars per year.


Design is key. You may want to remodel your kitchen, but you have no idea what you actually want or where to start. Regardless, adding a new kitchen to a modest home is very doable, and you can do it without breaking the bank.

With a remodel of this size that includes water, electricity, and possible demolition, don’t get in over your head. Let the professionals at Higgason Construction do the work for you.

One of the top five home renovations for your money in 2020 was a kitchen remodel, so what are you waiting for? Build a luxury kitchen in your modest home today!

Give us a call at (425) 577-8512 or contact us for a quote on your luxury kitchen!

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