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Jul 21, 2008
Some people who move into an older, classic home sometimes find themselves intimidated by the work that needs to be done to make the home more liveable or more enjoyable. In addition, some of those who invest in larger, older homes become comfortable with the atmosphere of the home, which causes them to overlook its problems and shortcomings.

Yet, most of these same people soon come to realize that a few good kitchen ideas, at least, will make living a lot easier. Sometimes it takes a family gathering or a group of friends in the home for a special occasion or a holiday for the homeowner to realize that the kitchen is too small to properly prepare food and host the guests. Perhaps the homeowner finds that the plumbing or electricity is not up to the task of hosting a party. Maybe lighting is not right for proper food preparation or comfortable visiting in the kitchen area.

This is when a thorough review of the kitchen and its shortcomings is necessary. Some homeowners may talk at length with family members or friends to come up with some renovation ideas. Others may call in a professional such as a contractor or remodelling expert who will prove to be quite informative when it comes to kitchen ideas.

The first hurdle for owners of older, classic homes to get over: fear of the age-related problems and limitations. Kitchen renovation is cost effective in homes of all ages if done properly. With the older home it is important to use the atmosphere and design features of the older home in conjunction with the new technology and design ideas available. For example, it is entirely possible to employ a new style refrigerator (stainless steel or color finish) in a traditional country kitchen with an 1800s feel. The key in every case is careful planning and selection of materials.

Of course, the first thing to do is determine the cost of the ideas, with attention to detail. No homeowner, in a new home or an older home, can be successful with a kitchen remodelling project, without solid financial status. This does not have to mean that funds are unlimited. It only means that the ideas and plans have to be well-planned and the money for those changes has to be available. This will eliminate problems later and take care of doubts about smaller details that might come up. Many of those experienced in the world of remodelling recommend putting most of the funds toward labor if possible, then toward fixtures, appliances and quality materials, rather than the fanciest or latest, most popular design. Structural changes will be the most costly factors in a remodelling project. Be prepared for that.

In an effort to touch the high points, at least, early planning should look closely at plumbing, electricity and heating. Without reliable, consistent utilities, a beautiful kitchen will be just that, beautiful but not necessarily efficient or functional. This is particularly true of older homes.

From these basic items, it would be best to closely consider the surface structures such as countertops, floors and cabinets. These parts of a good kitchen project must be usable and structurally solid. Fortunately, several companies manufacture excellent counter top material and flooring material that can make the kitchen perfectly usable without burning all the money too soon.
About the Author
Peter Mason works essentially for http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com , an online site with information about kitchen+cabinets . You might come across his comments on new kitchen themes on his site.
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