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Kitchen Remodeling For Beginners

Feb 27, 2008
Looking to add value to your home before putting it on the market? Do you want to put a new spin on the same tired old living space? Kitchen remodeling while not an easy task can be well worth it if done correctly. Take the giant task of completely renovating an entire kitchen and look at it as several small projects and it doesn't look so daunting. Figure out your new layout, decide what to do with the cabinets, figure out counter tops, and finish with lighting and appliances. The added comfort and value a well done kitchen remodel can provide are the reasons it is one of the most popular homeowner projects.

A major consideration in any project is cost. Cost should always be in line with the value of the home. Don't forget that besides purchasing new materials the costs of a complete kitchen remodeling can also include the removal of existing materials such as kitchen cabinets, flooring, tiles and possibly walls. The four main material costs are cabinets, counters, appliances and floors. Tile depending upon size, shape, thickness, and strength can cost as little as $2 per lineal foot, or as high as $90 for designer tiles. Stone counter tops can run anywhere between $175 to $400 per lineal foot, depending upon stone type, to over $600 per lineal foot for imported exotic marble. If the estimated cost of your kitchen remodeling exceeds the amount you want to pay, cut down on expenses by doing some of the work yourself! While licensed trades people must perform some work, such as electrical and plumbing, you can reduce the cost by taking out the old kitchen cabinets.

No matter how well your kitchen remodeling goes it will all be for naught if you still have that 1982 Westinghouse refrigerator mucking up the place. The bright side regarding appliances can be found in their standard sizing. This will allow you to upgrade in stages if money is an issue. Appliances are often the focal point of a kitchen so make your choices wisely. It is better to have all new appliances and laminate countertops than granite countertops and sketchy appliances.

Time to tackle the cabinets! Before you call the carpenter and order up those fancy custom built cabinets remember your budget. While immensely popular due to the many different styles and finishes they are available in they also take much longer to install and are much more expensive. Check out builder surplus stores or possibly consider unfinished pre-built cabinetry as a lower cost alternative. Putting together several different styles of prebuilt cabinets can achieve the same style as custom.

If you are looking to have a kitchen remodeling worthy of a show room floor your best bet may be the counter tops. By far the most popular upgrade for a kitchen remodel counter tops can really highlight the elegance and beauty of a kitchen. The least expensive choice is laminate which can be found in most homes built in the 90's and before. Granite is a very popular upgrade that can really help with a kitchen that feels dated, or if you are spending the big bucks there is always imported marble. A great source of discount counter top materials for your remodel will be builder surplus stores, check them out and see what they have to offer.

Be sure to take proper lighting into account as you approach the finishing touches. Accent or ambient light can be a major contributor to the overall look and feel of a successful kitchen remodeling. Want a great effect for just a couple of dollars? Install some rope lighting on top of your cabinets for a great effect without a ton of custom wiring. Take advantage of your main and task lighting as well. A well done kitchen remodeling can easily be ruined by improper positioning or lack of proper lighting.

Kitchen remodeling is an investment in ongoing personal pleasure, increasing connectedness between all members of the family and easing the effort (while increasing the joy) of meal preparation. Kitchen remodeling is a good way for you to increase the value of your home and to put a new spin on your old living areas. In summary, kitchen remodeling is a great way to increase home value and is so much more than choosing a paint color and cabinet style.

Finally make sure to stick to your budget! especially in the early phases. Look for clearance items at the depot style stores, and builder surplus centers always have good prices. In addition it is fine to hire sub-contractors for the technical stuff, what you don't need is a contractor to oversee the sub-contractors. You can handle that task yourself!
About the Author
For further information about which Improvements add value to your home, ask the author Rob Muller, Cherokee County GA Real Estate Expert. Experienced in Canton GA Real Estate
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