Kitchen Remodeling Tips and Ideas
By: L Chan
You're finally ready to update your home after decades of neglect and now you're thinking about improving the function and appearance of the kitchen. The kitchen is a favorite room most homeowners first think of when an upgrade is needed.
Although remodeling a kitchen can get quite expensive, it is the best investment in your home because it is the room used most often and when it is time to sell the house, the upgrades done to the kitchen usually keeps its value.
It's good to know what you want to do to your kitchen before you hire the contractor or do it yourself. You can find ideas for your kitchen in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggested ways to fire up your imagination.
Open Home Visits
Every weekend, especially around the summer, many owners put up their house for sale near your area. You can visit these homes when they are open for viewing. You can dash straight into the kitchen and take notes of the layouts or floor plans you like. This is a chance to see what other people's kitchens look like. Be sure to look at such things as cabinetry, proximity of the stove, sink and refrigerator, countertops and flooring. You should be able to get a feel of what your neighborhood has by visiting several of these open homes. Naturally, the quality will vary in each home you visit, but you will get a firsthand look that will help you find the features or the styles most appealing to you.
Complete kitchens can be viewed in home improvement retail showrooms. They have arranged them to include cabinets, appliances, sinks, stoves, refrigerators, tables and chairs to help you get a feel of how a new kitchen will "almost" look like in your own home. You are sure to find a few of these retailers within your neighborhood. Don't just limit yourself to the well known chains such as Home Depot or Lowe's. Look in your phone book to find the smaller dealers were they could give friendlier and cozier service.
Go To Expos
Each year, a gathering of leading suppliers will set themselves up at booths under one roof to present their home improvement products or services. In these fairs or shows, you will see the newest kitchen remodeling products available today. They usually hold "how to clinics" or workshops that will teach you how to do certain remodeling or home improvement jobs. There may be a small entry fee, but it would be worth it, considering what you will learn by talking to the experts.
Kitchen Remodeling Magazines
There are many beautiful kitchens nicely photographed in magazines focused on home improvement such as kitchen remodeling. You get to see the newest designs and appliances. Sometimes you might think these kitchen designs are out of your price range, or your home isn't big enough, but it is a good source for fresh ideas and you might learn a thing or two about what's new. Many of these periodicals can offer you how to information and reviews you can use to help you decide what to look for in a design, materials and more.
These are just a few sources to help you get some ideas for your kitchen remodeling project started. Don't forget to talk to anyone you know about their kitchen, such as your family members or relatives, friends and co-workers. Find out if they had a remodel job done lately and ask for their experience or advice. Good luck in your kitchen remodeling.
Copyright 2006 by Leroy Chan
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