Help me pick a kitchen good for resale
I am going to be selling my house in the near future and my kitchen is gutted. There is nothing permanent in it but hardwood floors. Here's the thing: I have dramatically different taste than most people, and I DO NOT want to do the kitchen the way I would want it, as I know it wouldn't be suitable for most families.
The home itself is the ubiquitious split entry built in 1974, but it's in a much-beloved school district, and it's on one acre, which is rather rare for the area.
At any rate, these homes do not sell as quickly as a two story or a ranch (which are more rare in the area), but in this area, they still sell (no doubt due to the school district). They seem to be priced about $100k less than a house of the same footage that is NOT a split entry.
Now, since I'm going to be moving, I want to adjust what kind of kitchen I put in. I need a kitchen that will appeal to many people. So: What kind of cabinets, what finish of appliances, stove over the microwave/seperate, countertops, etc. Keep in mind that I would like to minimize costs, but only to a certain point...I mean, if everyone thinks there HAS to be granite/maple/stainless, I would put in the holy trinity (I myself would never pick any of the three, hence why I need help!!)
Just so everyone knows, it will not be helpful to me if you tell me that you would never buy a split entry (which happened on another site that I attempted this, LOL). I understand that some hate them and wish they would all burn to the ground, but the thing is, I have one, I need a kitchen, and I need to sell it. So take it from there, I know you guys can help :-)
I have looked at the MLS pics of the split entries in my area (Eden Prairie, MN), and the kitchens are all over the map. Besides, I don't know what the kitchens looked like in the ones that actually sold.
I guess I am thinking of a Pottery Barn/HGTV type kitchen...except I don't know what that is! It's a starter home, I will be pricing it to sell (if at all possible), so I need something that will look just so freaking lovely to buyers that they can't resist. Shiny black granite with halogens over it???
If you've read this far, I THANK YOU very much, and please send some help my way :-)