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Redesigning Your Kitchen Could Add Thousands To The Value Of Your Home!

Aug 17, 2007
Investing in a kitchen remodeling job is a big expense. Even if you're just redoing the cabinets and countertops, you'll find that you can spend thousands and thousands of dollars to get just the right look. No matter how much or how little you intend to spend, a kitchen design picture is something you'll want to get your hands on before you sign on the dotted line to buy a new kitchen.

But, what is a kitchen design picture?
Any good kitchen store will provide you with a number of different renderings of what your kitchen will look like when it's completed. The kitchen design picture is a fairly accurate representation that will even include what the room will look like with basic appliances added back in and the finishing touches such as crown molding and valances. Some stores will even provide you with a number of different kitchen design pictures to help you get a very good idea of what the room will look like from different angles. Plus, they may even include accurate coloring to give an even better idea.

So, why is the kitchen design picture package so important?
The kitchen design picture is your last chance to "try the room on for size" before you buy it. Bring the kitchen design pictures home. Study them based on the room you have now and what your original goals were. Are you certain that's the design you want? Maybe a cabinet bank should go where the pantry is placed on the design picture? Perhaps a dark color counter would look better?

Will a kitchen design picture cost me money?
In most places, yes. Getting to the point of a kitchen design is a tedious process for most home improvement stores. It will take at least an hour for a representative to help you mock up your kitchen design for the resulting kitchen design pictures. The money required, however, generally is put toward the project when you decide to buy it. If you don't buy your new kitchen from that store, however, count on the money not being refundable.

How much will a kitchen design picture cost me?
Expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $100 or more for the mock up of a kitchen that results in a packet of kitchen design pictures and renderings. Some places will do this for no charge, but they are few and far between.

What will I need to get a kitchen design picture?
To have a designer help you, you will need to know the dimensions of your kitchen, including wall length and ceiling height. The measurements for appliances, windows and the sink area will also need to be noted, along with the location of outlets and switches. You will also likely need to pick out a cabinet and perhaps a countertop model to allow the designer to get started. You don't have to be "sold" on a particular cabinet style, however, to get the basic design idea down.

They might just seem like nifty things to take home before a big remodeling job, but kitchen design pictures are your last chance to be certain you're getting the kitchen you want. They give you an ability to "see" what your room will look like and how it will function. Take them home. Moll over them before you buy into a design.
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