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Tips for Kitchen Renovations

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Kitchen renovations are at the same time the most common and most expensive of home renovations.  When you’re making such a sizeable investment into your home, it’s worthwhile to take some time and carefully plan every aspect of your kitchen project.  So what are the main things you need to consider when you’re planning a kitchen redesign?  From budget to construction, there are many choices to be made and these tips for kitchen renovations will help you get your dream kitchen.

Planning

First, let’s take a moment to talk about planning.  Not every kitchen renovation is the same.  Depending on your budget, the current condition of your kitchen, and your ultimate goals, your kitchen renovation may represent a major overhaul or some simple tweaks.  Regardless of the scope of the project, make sure you answer some basic questions before you start:

  • What is your budget?
  • Which fixtures do you plan to replace?  Cabinets, countertops, appliances, and lighting?
  • Can you refurbish some of your current fixtures?
  • What are your ideal timelines for the project?

If you’re not experienced with DIY, it makes sense to work with a contractor.  They can help you plan every aspect of your renovation so that you get the kitchen you want at a price you can afford.  Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty.

Cabinets

Cabinets are one of the most noticeable features in a kitchen, and you have a lot of options.  You can go with traditional wood cabinets which can be painted or stained.  You can choose modern designs constructed from stainless steel or even laminate if you’re on a budget.  In addition to deciding which materials you like, you also need to think about your cabinet height and choose from a variety of styles of cabinets.  You’ll find large cabinet drawers are a great addition to lower cabinets as they allow you to easily access items at the back of the cabinet.  If you’re going to replace your cabinets, you want to install a variety that is both functional and attractive.

Countertops

Countertops can really pop.  Choose an elegant countertop that brings warmth to the room, but don’t forget about function.  Stone countertops look great, but they can be difficult to maintain.  For example, granite is a popular choice for modern kitchens, but these countertops must be sealed regularly to avoid stains.  Tile is an inexpensive countertop option available in almost limitless styles and colours, though an uneven surface can make it difficult to work on.  Laminate is affordable and easy to maintain, but prone to scratching and burns.  So, when choosing a countertop, it’s important to consider your habits as much as your style and budget.

Appliances

What can we say about appliances?  They can break the bank, but they don’t have to.  Sure, you may have a large renovation budget, in which case feel free to install appliances with all the bells and whistles.  But, if you’re on a tighter budget, don’t shy away from basic models – you’re better to focus your budget on other features such as lighting or countertops as these make a bigger design impact.

Lighting

Finally, don’t forget your kitchen lighting.  Ideally, you want to have plenty of lighting in your kitchen – and natural light is always ideal.  But even without a lot of natural light, there are lots of ways to brighten up your kitchen.  Accent lighting under cabinets are a great addition, but you can also install larger fixtures throughout your kitchen – each with individual switches to optimize your lighting control.

Now that you’ve read these tips, go out and have some fun.  Kitchen renovations are truly exciting!

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