kitchen remodelingIf you are considering having your kitchen remodeled, the first thing you should do is examine your kitchen’s layout, appliance locations, work space, and storage areas. Kitchen remodeling is one of the more expensive types of home improvement projects and if you are on a budget, then painting or refinishing your cabinets might be an inexpensive way to revamp your kitchen’s look. Replacing doors with glass fronts, new hardware, drawer fronts and converting some of your cabinets to open storage, can give your kitchen an open, airy charm.

You can give your kitchen new life by adding a new counter tops, windows, skylight or by adding new lighting. Consider a new full height custom back splash to enhance the beauty of your kitchen. These are common items that are changed during the remodel process along with new flooring, wall accents, a deep well sink, and swan neck faucet. If you have a limited work space or appliance location is a problem, you may want to consider remodeling your entire kitchen and creating a new layout. Removing or bumping out an existing wall can give your kitchen the additional work space you need or an island you always desired.

When you are researching for new cabinets, it is paramount that you review your cabinet designer’s layout and elevation drawings thoroughly. Make sure the appliance locations are where they should be. That the door and drawer combinations of the different base cabinets (elevations) look symmetrical, that they line up properly and your overall design is pleasing to the eye. You should also be sure of what each cabinet has to offer in terms of space.

kitchen island sinkHouzz recommends that before selecting your new cabinets, try to examine a finished cabinet. Take a look at the type of construction of the box and drawers. Make sure they are well made that the interior has a durable finish, and it will hold up under daily wear and tear. Also, examine the drawer guides, make sure they are sturdy and will hold up under the additional weight they will have. Also, inspect the door hinges, they should re-track or close smoothly, and are easily adjustable, up & down and in & out, this will ensure that the doors will sit flush and level against the face of your cabinet.

Highlight your kitchen remodels with granite, engineered quartz, butcher block, polished slate or a limestone counter top. A new deep well sink, built-in hood vent, faucet, and tile or stone back splash is a great way to accessorize your kitchen. You man also install your sink in a kitchen island may also improve your kitchen’s overall appearance and layout.

Make sure that the appliances you are going to replace are selected in advance of designing your kitchen and cabinet layout. It will ensure that you, your contractor and the cabinet manufacturer are all on the same page and avoid any confusion as to their location and measurements. You may wish to consider how your kitchen will interact with appliances in adjacent rooms such as washers and security systems.