Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tuesday's Tip: Remodeling Your Kitchen

My parent's big house project last year was remodeling the kitchen. It was amazing what a difference new cabinet facings, a new countertop, under cabinet lighting, a new sink, new appliances, pergo flooring and some paint made. The kitchen went from looking like a kitchen of the 70s –– complete with wall paneling and a green tile ceiling –– to a cute little country kitchen with white washed walls and a brand new look. It amazes me every time I go home. I can't wait to see what the bathroom will look like once that is remodeled later in the year.

The funniest part was my mom calling me from Ohio wanting my thoughts and opinion on what she should do. I would go home for a long weekend and we would visit different home stores for thoughts and ideas. I found a great article online for those who are thinking about or wanting to remodel their kitchen. I thought it would make a great "Tuesday Tip".

Kitchen 101: Remodeling Your Kitchen
By Jeffery Dodd

If you are getting bored on the appearance of your kitchen or you have realized that your kitchen is no longer appropriate for your growing family and your cooking lifestyle, it must be time for a kitchen makeover. Remodeling your kitchen may be quite challenging but if certain changes will give you a much better and a more functional place, it must be worth trying. These basic and useful tips can help you get started.

Come up with a workable and detailed plan. One of the most important things to consider in remodeling your kitchen is to come up with a good plan. You should have a workable and detailed plan of your project regardless if you are designing your kitchen yourself or you have hired a professional kitchen designer. This way, you will not only be able to point out what particular changes you want to take place in your kitchen, you will also be able to keep track of remodeling developments when you have already started with your project.

Look for kitchen remodeling ideas. This will help you get an inspiration how you want your kitchen decorated and arranged. Scouting for remodeling ideas will also keep you up to date on the latest trends in kitchen designs. You can glean ideas and information from Home magazines or you may search for them in the internet.

Search about kitchen products and accessories before buying them. This will help you know which among the products that are available in the market are best to use in your kitchen. You will also have an idea how much these products cost which will help you know if a particular kitchen design fits your budget. You will also be able to get the best buys and bargains by comparing which stores and products sell more affordable and better items.

Visit home stores. Many home depots and home improvement stores showcase real kitchen set-ups and products. By visiting these stores, you will not only see how a particular kitchen product looks like, you can also ask the sales personnel about its durability and functions. This will help you get an idea how certain kitchen appliances and furniture are used, which may help you know which products will be best for your kitchen. A visit to a home store is also a great way to look for trendy kitchen designs and set-ups.

Your kitchen is one of the most useful and most important areas of your house. Remodeling it to make it your cooking and social paradise may be quite taxing but this should not hinder you from making your kitchen much better looking and more functional. Try these kitchen remodeling tips and you will discover that a kitchen make-over project simply takes some handy tips and ingenuity.

Jeff Dodd is an accomplished writer with extensive knowledge in home improvements. For more information on kitchen remodeling, just visit us at http://www.kitchenchanging.com


Leesha said...

Thanks for the tips. Some really great idea's. ;)

Deborah said...

we're starting to think about doing ours in the next year or two (though, I hate the thought of such a big project with little ones in the house). Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

Besides being bored with your kitchen, remodeling it will also increase the design, function and resale value of a home! Try picking up a DIY book, those are always very helpful. Have you heard of the new reality show Bought & Sold on HGTV? You should check it out: http://web.hgtv.com/webhgtv/images/pac/59889/start_at_home.html?section=boughtsold,panel=videos.
It’s a great show and you can really get some great tips on home decorating, remodeling and so much more. I work with HGTV, and you won’t believe what happens this season. The show airs Sundays at 10pm. I’m sure you’ll find it beneficial. Good luck, and have fun!

Mike said...

Love the tip. My wife and I are thinking of remodelinig, too.