Thursday, May 15, 2014
Advice on Remodeling Your Homes Kitchen
Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular options when considering rooms to remodel in your home. Upgrading your kitchen will update your home, add value and increase the ease of use. Hire an experiences kitchen contractor; this is the number one tip anyone can give you when looking into a large renovation project. Below are a few more to think about.
If you are going to proceed with any renovation in your home but especially with a kitchen remodel only use quality materials. Top quality products with top notch construction mean that something as simple as your cabinet door will close correctly and never stick. Purchase kitchen cupboards and cabinetry made out of solid wood. Particle board will not hold up when used on kitchen drawers, cabinets or cabinet doors. With something as visible and often used such as kitchen cabinetry you need solid construction and superior materials.
Consider the size of your kitchen when buying kitchen cabinets. If you have super tall ceilings you can maximize kitchen storage by purchasing tall cabinets. Extra storage is not something homeowners or future buyers will ever complain about. Keeping a twelve to eighteen inch between the cabinets and the ceiling is an acceptable clearance.
When considering kitchen cabinets there is always a great debate on if to go with stain or paint. Staining is the most forgiving option however they are not easily redone either. With paint you get a unique finish that adds personality to your kitchen. Cabinets that are painted also have the ability to easily be changed with a fresh coat of paint.
Kitchen countertops are another area where quality is so important. Consider slate, marble, soapstone, granite or other solid materials when it comes to your kitchen counters. Laminate is a cheap alternative for kitchens and should only be used if you must redo your kitchen and the budget doesn’t call for something higher end. When using laminate consider adding wood trim to give the appearance of sophistication.
Another tip that is all too often ignored it the overuse of detail. Accents used in the kitchen, not abused. When it comes backsplashes, pediments over the stove and plaster molding on cabinets it can distract from the clean, airy feeling a kitchen gathering space should have. Choose one major detail that you want added to the kitchen and let it speak for itself. A tile backsplash adds enough personality that you don’t have to overdo it on the rest.
Don’t over gadget your kitchen either. Settle on a few key appliances such as a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. If you want a blender, a toaster, a smooth maker, bread maker and every other appliance known to man install a lazysusan to store them so that they are easily accessible but not overwhelming the top of the counters. Basic is always better when it comes to creating a kitchen space that is easy to navigate and entertain.
Kitchen remodeling is something that will take time. To lessen the burdens consider planning the design and ordering the materials before construction begins. This way the contractor will know what they have to work with from the start. This is also a great way to create and stay within a budget.