Ideas for a Successful Kitchen Renovation

By: Peterwilson
Perhaps you have heard the urban legend in which a woman decided on some new tiling for her kitchen. As the story goes, she got her new tile. She also had a new kitchen installed from scratch, a gas leak, and tens of thousands of dollars of debt before the project was through. Tall tales like these can hit too close to home for some homeowners who hesitate to make their plans a reality.

A kitchen renovation usually goes far beyond superficial changes like slapping up a new coat of paint or ordering new glassware. If you want to change the look of your kitchen but do not where to go beyond the decorating phase, it is recommended you hire a professional. Of course, that will cost quite a bit. Before you start calling contractors, you should have some clear ideas about what kind improvements you would like to establish in your kitchen.

It is easy to start out with the idea that you would just like new flooring or cabinetry. The bad news is that sixty percent of Americans undergoing home renovations think just that, only to be unpleasantly surprised when an underlying problem is discovered. Old houses develop problems that oftentimes go beyond quirky plumbing or old electric wiring.

If your home is very new, you should wait about two years before beginning a kitchen renovation. For old houses, the sooner you begin the better, as there will almost certainly be unanticipated hurdles to getting your project done.

In the planning stages of your renovation, you would do well to make thorough notes of what you would like to see. Make a list of everything you want, including new cabinets and maybe a kitchen island and then figure out how much it will cost. If the total is outside your budget, systematically prioritize by starting with the most important renovations first. If you educate yourself about your kitchen as a whole, you can establish realistic ideas about the time and effort a renovation will require.

Most people decide to renovate when there are obvious structural problems or if their kitchen is just too small. This can lead to knocking down walls or entirely changing the layout. In this case, it is best to hire an experienced contractor.

Of course, the utilities can be a pressing issue as ensuring the electric, gas and heating function smoothly is paramount to your safety.

After that, homeowners see a need to update appliances and cabinetry. These can drastically improve your storage options and make being in the kitchen more pleasant. They can also often be done without professional help. An easy way to make this a success is to choose products from one retailer so that all your components will match.
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