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Affordable Kitchen Remodel: Pure Functional Style, No Gimmicks

Aug 25, 2008
In the past, homeowners may have been tempted to go all out on their kitchen remodeling efforts. With the nation looming on the edge of a recession, however, more homeowners are re-evaluating their kitchen remodeling ideals. The new emphasis is on function over visual appeal, with the aim being a new kitchen that will serve the remodeler for years to come.

The average ultra-stylish kitchen remodel may cost upwards of $20,000 at today's prices, but style-conscious homeowners need not drain their finances. They can get the both of both worlds if they consult with a kitchen remodeling provider that partners with leading manufacturers to provide good looks and top quality at affordable price points.

The British Website Pink News recently ran an article titled "Cooking up function and style." Therein, the author stated the sometimes not so obvious: When it comes to homeowners' remodeling of their kitchens, "style should never outweigh function, otherwise, the workhorse of their home will be all shiny appliances and no muscle power. Appearances, after all, aren't everything."

So what does the Pink News staff writer suggest? Here are just a few kitchen remodeling recommendations that can save you money while still getting you a new kitchen that's both functional and stylish.

1. "Sticking with the tried and tested triangle workspace, with your sink, cooker and fridge freezer at each point, is a must if you want to create a functional kitchen." - You can maximize your savings in this regard if you select a kitchen remodeling expert that partners with leading appliance manufacturers. Pink News cautions, "The choice is endless and it is easy to get carried away with gimmicky features or fork out for expensive appliances that you just won't use to their full potential."

2. "Good lighting and the best quality fittings you can afford are also a priority to satisfy both design and function." - Again, your best bet is to go with a single comprehensive kitchen remodeling source for all of your design needs.

3. "Playing it safe with cabinet colors and styles pays off in the long term, especially when you come to selling your property." - In today's day and age, you can never play it too safe. That doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your personal preferences. It simply means that when you're remodeling your kitchen, you need to ask yourself some pertinent questions before making a kitchen cabinet decision you--and your home's future owners--will be stuck with for years to come. Pink News suggests, "When you are choosing the style of your cabinets, keep in mind that contemporary colors and finishes are likely to date fast. Shiny red colors might be a statement piece now, but what about 10 years down the line?"

Despite the plummeting value of the dollar, it is still possible to achieve the kitchen remodel of your dreams. You may need only to flip your mindset and place function over style. You don't have to completely sacrifice either goal, however. To that end, Pink News' top kitchen remodel recommendation is this: "The kitchen is the traditional heart of a family home, so the overall design is important if your family is to enjoy spending time there."
About the Author
Carmen Fontana is a Web Services Manger for Western Reserve Internet Services. She recommends visiting www.superkitchens.com for more information on kitchen cabinets.
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