Kitchen designs equal dollar signs

5 trends likely to impact resale appeal

LAS VEGAS — If you want someone to buy your house, sell them the kitchen.

That was an oft-repeated message here recently at the International Builders Show, which is the annual convention of the National Association of Home Builders. The trade show featured literally hundreds of seminars on all aspects of housing, including numerous presentations on how to deck out a kitchen in order to make the whole house a more saleable thing.

The economy and just plain consumer fickleness have conspired to make kitchen "desirability" a moving target — a slow-moving target, but moving, nonetheless, and consumers need to pay attention, because kitchen design trends translate into dollar signs, they said.