A Guide To Remodeling Kitchens

As the hub of a home, the kitchen is the room that yields the most return on investment. The kitchen is used for a lot more than just preparing meals for the family. It is also a place where you can entertain guests and relax with a cup of tea or coffee. But in addition to being useful and functional, your kitchen should also be a vibrant and inviting room where everyone wants to gather.

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Analyze your existing kitchen
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Analyze your existing kitchen

Take a walk around your kitchen and use it as a starting point – make a note of anything that you don’t like or that could be improved. Maybe the lack of workspace or storage could be better? Take a look through the various kitchen and interior design magazines for inspiration and make a note of any accessories and designs that catch your eye. Make a list of five things you like about your existing kitchen and five things that you dislike, this will give you a good idea of what is needed to create your perfect kitchen.

Set a budget

Before you start any building or renovation work, you should decide exactly how much money you would like to spend on the project. Not all of your budget will be spent on cabinetry, fixtures and appliances so I definitely recommend that you undergo some careful planning. For example, the project might involve building work, is this something that you are comfortable with doing yourself or would you need a builder to take care of it for you.

Even the most basic of kitchen projects are likely to involve tradesmen, so it’s worth setting aside some money for these services. If possible, try and choose a kitchen company that can manage the project and any preparatory building work. If you opt for under floor heating, you will need to choose carefully between flooring and worktops. It is important to remember that this can dictate the type of floor you choose, this can cause cost implications.

Use the right professionals

Choosing the right professionals is an import aspect of remodeling or getting a new kitchen. It is recommended that you do plenty of research and read reviews about the various plumbers, builders and kitchen manufacturers.  If you need to hire a tradesman, try and choose someone that has been referred to you by family or friends. Working with the right professionals will definitely save you money in the long run.

Cabinets

Cabinets are the area of the kitchen that yield the best return on investment. If you don’t have the budget to purchase new cabinets, you can refurbish your existing wooden cabinets by sanding them down thoroughly and then applying polyurethane. Or alternatively you can just stain or paint them a different colour.

Appliances

Appliances often come with fitted kitchens. If you are buying your kitchen from a retailer you can usually get your appliances through them as well. If you would like to purchase the appliances separately there are some great deals available on the internet. Many companies sell slightly scratched appliances at a discounted rate.

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Kitchen installation in progress
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Worktops

Worktops need to be purchased carefully. The right type of worktop will have a big impact on the appearance of your kitchen. Choosing the right material is very important; it needs to work well with the other aspects of your kitchen. Some of the most popular materials include wood, granite, stainless steel and composite stone.  Granite worktops are ideal if you’re looking to create a mottled appearance. For a warm and mellow feel, choose a wooden worktop.

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This is a guest post by David at Leekes Kitchens, a home improvement company that specialize in fitted kitchens.

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