14 Best Kitchen Remodel Upgrades for 2022: Costs, Pros & Cons

You don’t have to totally remodel the kitchen this year to give it a fresh feel. These top 2022 kitchen upgrades stand on their own and deliver excellent ROI whether you stay put forever or decide to sell in the next few years.

This isn’t a “kitchen trends you will see everywhere” article. Who wants a kitchen that looks like everyone else’s?

Instead, these hot kitchen trends for 2022 give you room to personalize the design to fit your vision of what the perfect kitchen should be.

Leading trends in design, color, texture, materials, and kitchen components are explored throughout to give you insight into how to customize your kitchen improvements.

Kitchen Upgrades for 2022 – Two Guiding Themes

Feel free to jump down to the list and discussion of the top kitchen upgrades if you’re pressed for time.

But if you are interested in the theme and counter-theme that designers are driven by in creating the hottest kitchens this year, you might enjoy this section. It’s a 60-second read.

Theme One is the Multi-function Kitchen

In the pandemic years, day-to-day life became more focused on the home. Work from home. School from home. Stuck at home.

As a result, the kitchen, more than ever, has become the hub of the house. Austin designer Claire Zinnecker affirms what we all know, “The kitchen is the perfect multi-use room because people naturally gather here.”

Many households embrace this in their kitchen improvement choices. “Kitchen meets living room.” There are appealing ways to make this work.

Multi-purpose kitchen meets living room – open kitchen layout
Source: These Three Rooms (Design: The Shaker Kitchen Company Photography: Malcolm Menzies)

Think versatility Is this your view of the kitchen? The multi-function kitchen is a combination of components related to food plus the addition of living space. As a result, it needs a little bit of everything – decent appliances, adequate storage, a tea and coffee station, generous counter space, open shelving, a charging device station, and decor that would fit just as well in a living room. The vibe says, “relax and stay a while.” Desk space or a second island with casual seating are wonderful if the kitchen’s footprint allows.

Terminology tip – This kitchen style is also called the blended kitchen and multipurpose kitchen.

Theme Two is the Food-focused Kitchen

This is the counter-theme. Yes, home life has become busier, the outside world is crazier, and some of us want a place to get away from it all. For many, the kitchen is that place!

Think more specifically of a space designed for food preparation – a daily routine that keeps you centered on what’s most important. In this kitchen, the price of gas and the politics of the day are forgotten.

This kitchen is best outfitted with high-performance appliances, plenty of storage for food and your favorite food-prep tools, spacious countertops, a double-basin sink – and a prep sink if possible.

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CertainTeed vs Owens Corning Shingles Costs & Comparison

CertainTeed roofing shingles are known for superior quality that comes at a premium cost. However, CertainTeed’s most popular Landmark and Landmark Pro lines offer good affordability and value, comparing favorably against flagship roofing products from GAF and Owens Corning.

CertainTeed Landmark Roof
Source: CertainTeed

Owens Corning is known for its excellent selection of mid-priced TruDefinition Duration shingles that compete against top sellers like GAF Timberline HDZ and Malarkey Vista shingles. OC produces a few premium options like Berkshire dimensional shingles, and Duration Storm (and Duration Flex) lines designed to withstand heavy weather and hailstones.

Both CertainTeed and Owens Corning also make a single, decent-quality basic line of 3-tab shingles – Owens Corning Supreme vs CertainTeed XT25 shingles.

Let’s dig into essential considerations when comparing CertainTeed and Owens Corning shingles.

Quality and Dependability

Many roofing contractors and independent testing agencies agree that CertainTeed and Owens Corning are #1 and #2 when it comes to quality – and the brands change places depending on who does the rating.

A look at the most recent Consumer Reports ratings on asphalt shingles shows that Owens Corning and CertainTeed dominate the rankings with more products than GAF, Atlas, Tamko, and IKO.

OC takes the top spot in the standard architectural shingles tier and in the luxury/premium shingles category. That’s a huge statement about the quality Owens Corning delivers and the longevity you can expect.

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2022 Central Heating and Cooling Installation Prices

The typical installed cost of central heating and cooling ranges from $12,800 to $18,500.

Central heating and cooling residential heat pump

When all options are considered, from entry-level equipment for small homes to high-performance heating and cooling systems for large homes, the cost spectrum is wider – $7,400 to $22,600.

There’s plenty of price information here plus system efficiency and performance details that will assist you in understanding your options.

Stating the Obvious – Prices Have Gone Up

Given the recent increases in the cost of “everything,” you might be shocked but probably aren’t surprised that central heating and cooling prices are 22% to nearly 40% higher than they were just a couple of years ago!

One large heating and air conditioning company in Arizona mentioned in a blog post that wholesale prices on the Trane equipment it buys are up 38%. Bosch systems are up 28%. Those costs – plus higher labor and transportation costs for local installers – are all passed on to us, the homeowner or property owner.

OK, let’s get on to price breakdowns and a Buying Guide that will give you the details needed to be an informed consumer.

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