Buying or renovating a kitchen isn't just about cabinets and appliances — it's also an imaginary process in which we project ourselves in different spaces, visualizing what our lives might look like, and the people we could be.
So it's no surprise that people get swept up in the process, becoming enamored of certain features that initially sound and look great. But do these features get used and are they worth it? Here are three somewhat luxury-level upgrades that cost a pretty penny, and don't necessarily hold their resale value — or ever get used.
1. The Kitchen Desk
These little nooks are like clutter collectors and junk magnets instead of being an actual space to sit and get work done in a chair with a computer. If I had a choice of where to sit, it wouldn't be in the kitchen staring at a wall that's two feet in front of my face. I, for one, would much rather use that area for more storage cabinets and work at the dining room table instead.
2. The Wet Bar
Given the prevalence of open floor plans, it seems like overkill to add another sink area when the kitchen is so close by (unless, of course, you live in a ginormous house). If it's in the basement, it makes a little bit more sense, but how often would it get used? Have people actually entertained in basements since the '70s? If I had a wet bar in a finished basement, I think the ice in the ice maker would taste nasty from sitting around too long, and I'd only use the sink to water plants (if I actually watered my plants).
3. Double Ovens
Chances are good that both ovens would only get a workout around holidays, then sit idle the rest of the year. Unless you cook for a large family regularly, entertain a lot, or are a recipe tester, then it's probably not worth the extra expense, or the amount of space they take up.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Home Upgrades That Nobody Actually Ever Uses