Do you smell what’s cooking? A freshly remodeled kitchen has got my noses attention
You don’t have to be a great cook to want to feel like one when in your kitchen cooking. I want my kitchen to look like the kitchens you see on cooking shows. Everything is in its place, endless counter space with back up prepping stations. Okay, scratch the prepping stations, maybe just a kitchen island with a built in stove-top. The truth is, whatever style you want in a kitchen, it’s going to involve time, money, planning and your imagination.
Is there a certain style you want to achieve? For instance, do you want a contemporary, country, rustic or traditional type kitchen. Everything must be considered when planning this kind of project. Your kitchen is the heart of your home.
I’m going to give you a mock remodeling checklist.
- Counter tops
- Kitchen Island
- Sinks and faucet
- Meet with a designer or contractor
These checklist items are just the basics that people look into when remodeling their kitchen. Just a starter guideline, it’s up to you how big or small your project is going to go.
Let’s say a home cost $180,000 and your budget allows for 10 Percent of your home’s value. This leaves you with $18,000 to work with
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Cabinets usually take the most out of a homeowner’s remodeling budget averaging 35 percent. This is why you need to research what you want, exactly — down to what style of sink faucet you want. Nothing is minor when planning an expensive project like this. Check this site for the cost of kitchen cabinets and be sure to be using the right tools if you are planning to do the work yourself.
- Measuring tape
- Stud finder — helpful when locating plumbing and electrical
- Best cordless drill for the money, for torque and speed adjustment when screwing the cabinets to the walls and putting them together
Kitchens are quickly becoming more environmentally friendly, while using recycled materials, environmentally friendly products and include “greener” and energy efficient appliances. Now, modern kitchens are being designed with this in mind. Looking for appliances with the Energy Star label of approval could help pay back some of the cost it took in the remodeling by way of a smaller utility bill.
WORD AROUND TOWN
There’s a trendy new “must have” popping up in kitchens all over and that piece of furniture is called an Island. I love the idea of an Island in my kitchen, but the disadvantage to this luxurious item is the cost. Especially if you plan on having a sink and oven/stove-top installed in yours.
In most homes, an Island serves its purpose in many, many ways making it extremely versatile. They are used as the actual eating area, prepping area, serving meal area, and or for the cooking and cleaning up. Not only is having an Island functional friendly, but its so aesthetically pleasing to see when walking into a kitchen.
Remember, you can feel like you own your own cooking show while cooking ramen noodles, as long as you’re happy in the kitchen you’re in, nothing else matters.