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The Expert Approach to Kitchen Renovation

Aug 17, 2007
After years of going to work, resting up on the weekends and forgetting about everything that's not a pressing demand, one day you look around. A little or a lot of kitchen remodeling is "suddenly" overdue. From outdated designs to shabby fixtures, it all seems more than a little behind the times.

Where do you start when you decide it's time to improve your kitchen's appearance? Take the time to formulate a plan for a kitchen remodel you'll love for years to come.


There's a good chance there are many house owners in your area who want to sell their house in your area. When houses become available for open viewing, participate as much as you can. Many owners remodel their kitchens just prior to offering their house for sale in order to improve its value.

Because they are local to your area, chances are you can easily access the same contractors and materials that completed the kitchen remodeling. If you ask, you might find the owners or real estate agent are happy to provide detailed information.


Another excellent way to get ideas for your new kitchen is to visit showrooms. Here you can see professionally designed complete kitchens and get more information about materials such as cabinets, flooring and even windows. Showrooms can be an excellent way to become acquainted with all of the various decisions you really have to make about your remodel. You can talk to customer service staff for more information on materials, designs and accessories.


Books and magazines allow you to browse kitchen remodels whenever it is convenient. There are magazines with kitchen remodel special issues or articles, and there are also books and magazines devoted exclusively to kitchen design. If you aren't comfortable paying the high price tag of many of these remodel printed resources, borrow them from your local library. In addition, many magazines will offer a free issue as part of a trial subscription you can promptly cancel without charge.


These shows are held at least once a year in nearly every medium to large city nationwide. They consist of a massive gathering of leading home improvement materials suppliers and contractors.

It can be considered an expo, but if you take the time to talk to specialists and investigate their products and promotional materials, it can be time well spent. You may have to pay a small entrance fee, but it is a very small price to pay for getting in touch with true professionals who know what they are talking about.

In conclusion, think before you act when it comes to kitchen remodeling. Don't simply call the contractor without having any idea how you want your kitchen to look. As a general rule, contractors are not kitchen designers. They may have helpful suggestions and good ideas, but it is best to have a plan on paper before demolition begins.

If you don't feel you need to hire a designer but lack the skills to create a plan on paper, take advantage of free design services from a professional at a home improvement store. They are often more than happy to provide you with a kitchen design free of charge in the hope of selling you products.
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