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Kitchen Renovation Ideas don't have to be Scary!

Apr 24, 2008
About a year ago a friend of mine moved into a lovely Victorian house. When I went over for a party I realized that they hadn't actually changed anything in the house. I put it down to them liking the original features, so didn't think any more of it. However as we soon realized my friend was actually scared about starting any kitchen renovation project as they are so complicated. They were literally terrified at the thought of designing their new kitchen.

This was probably made worse due to the house being so old. It was vital that work was done on the kitchen to bring it into the 21st century! I offered to help her design her new kitchen, and some of her other friends even offered to help complete the project.

Be Brave with your Kitchen Renovation

Many homeowners that own older houses find it very difficult to renovate them simply because of their age. However it's not really more difficult to renovate an old house compared to a new one. No matter whether you house is new or old, a kitchen renovation will be pretty much the same. Renovation can tie in new features with the rest of the traditional features. It is possible to have a traditional stove in the same kitchen as a stainless steel fridge, they can even look great together if you know what to do.

For any age of home the most important part of your home renovation project is planning. The more detailed the plans are, the better.

Once you have your plan you should start to work out a rough cost. You should never start anything unless you have the funds to see it through to completion. If you are willing to do some of the work yourself then you should be able to make the renovation much more affordable. Labor costs are often more expensive than the materials themselves. If at all possible you shouldn't change the layout or do anything to drastic as these would incur extra costs.

If you do require structural changes then it is important that you get a reliable builder who can stick to a budget. And I'm not talking about one of those ever expanding budgets either, it needs to be set in stone! You could consider adding or removing a divider, or adding a skylight if you think it would change your kitchen for the better. These aren't the most difficult structural changes, and so should be more affordable.

Kitchen renovation ideas should be planned so that all of the problem areas are thought of. You should check to see if your heating, electrics, gas and plumbing require any attention. Some kitchens may look beautiful, however they may be unsafe. This is particularly true in old houses where perhaps the electrics are not up to standard.

Countertops, floors and cabinets in your kitchen will all contribute to the overall look. However all of these can be very expensive, if you want to save money then it is possible if you are clever. You don't have to use marble or granite work surfaces, there are lots of other materials. Instead of getting your cabinets designed, buy some off the shelf. As for the floor, well you could use laminate flooring as it looks fantastic and is fairly inexpensive.
About the Author
Linden Walhard is publishing almost entirely for http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com , a web page with topics around kitchen design . You might discover his publications on new kitchen designs and kitchen design things here.
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