by Lee Dobbins
Remodeling your kitchen can give you a great place to cook and hang out in as well as add value to your home. The kitchen is a key room in your home and remodeling it to fit perfectly with the way your family lives is well worth the investment.
Before you start your kitchen remodeling project, however you should consider size, functionality, design, and storage. Choose a design plan that conforms to the specifics of each of these points and also make sure it includes plans for cabinets, flooring, counters, appliances, and, of couse, the kitchen sink.
Cabinets are a big part of any kitchen and you have basically two options for new cabinets. You can either custom design your own, or get pre-designed ones. Either way there are 2 basic designs. The European design is very popular. It is open faced so you can see everything. The upside to this is that you can show off your great dinnerware of vintage plates and collectibles. It is also easy to see what’s in the cabinet, so it makes finding things a lot easier. The downside is that everyone can see what is in your cabinet, so you have to keep things clean and organized! The other type of cabinets are closed faced. This is your regular cabinets with doors that keep your things hidden and out of site.
Another essential piece of your kitchen remodeling project is the flooring. There’s a ton of types to choose from and you really need to think about what kind of look you are going for. Tile is great for most kitchens, hardwood will give it a nice warm look and linoleum is cost effective and easy to care for. Either way, flooring is a major decision and a very important element in your kitchen remodeling project.
Your counters are of the utmost importance to your kitchen both visually and practically. Counter space is used for work areas, decorations, appliances, and just about anything else. Again you will need to decide what kind of counters you will want based on design and budget. You can get counter tops made from almost anything and you should consider durability and ease of cleaning when choosing yours. Granite and marble are popular, but can be very expensive. Wood and tile countertops are more affordable, however not as durable. Some of the new corian style counters look great and are less costly than natural stone. You can even get counters made with anti-bacterial material.
Appliances are the frosting on the cake of your kitchen and no remodel is complete without new matching appliances. Again, you have a large selection to choose from and you must match color and style to your kitchen theme. Stainless steel is popular these days, but black appliances can blend in nicely. If you are going for a retro look you can even buy appliance that are shaped like vintage ones but are brand new.
Now we’ve talked about everything but the kitchen sink and you will need to plan on a new one for your kitchen remodel. These days there are designer sinks in all shapes sizes and colors so choosing one can be quite a challenge. Again, picking one that goes with your kitchen’s style and fits your budget is the best way to go.
While a kitchen remodeling project can be a lot of work, it can also be a lot of fun and the rewards are many. Just make a plan and stick to it and you will be cooking in your new kitchen in no time!
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for A Kitchen Decorating Idea where you can get more tips on kitchen decorating.