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21 Ideas To Consider Before Your Kitchen Remodel Begins

remodeled-kitchenEven an inexpensive kitchen remodel is one of the fastest ways to add value to your home. The 21 ideas below will get you there as inexpensively and quickly as possible to get you the best return on your investment.

Consider Eco Friendly Materials

Eco-friendly upgrades are very popular and will be increasingly sought out as green options become more stylish and varied.

4 Cabinetry Options

Installing new cabinetry is one of the largest and most customizable changes you can make to your kitchen. Options range from inexpensive pressed-wood cabinets to pricey custom walnut pieces. If you’d like a fresh look for your cabinets but can’t afford new ones- or don’t want to put in the work- a coat of new paint or some modern hardware can make a huge difference at little expense.

7 Countertop Options

There is an ever-widening array of options for countertops in today’s market: laminate, granite, butcher block, cement, tile, recycled glass, marble. Stone and marble options are expensive but flashy; they are very popular with buyers but don’t guarantee a profit on resale.

When remodeling, take into account not only the looks of your countertops, but also practicality. For a kitchen that sees a lot of use, for example, marble may be an impractical choice because it is easily stained and less durable than other options.

6 Flooring Options

Flooring is another big project that can really transform the look of your kitchen. Tiles, laminate, stone, vinyl, linoleum and hardwood are popular traditional options, while cork is gaining popularity as an eco-friendly surface that is comfortable underfoot. Any surface used in the kitchen should be durable, resistant to water damage and easy to clean.

Choosing A Contractor

When you decide to take on a kitchen remodeling project, always be sure to find a reliable contractor. Shoddy workmanship and hidden or added fees can quickly break your budget and stop the project in its tracks, costing far more in time and money than the ends are worth. The Better Business Bureau and trusted review websites are good places to start when searching for a contractor.

DIY – Do It Yourself

If you plan to DIY, be realistic about what you can do safely and correctly, and where you will need a professional to step in. Never attempt to DIY plumbing or electrical systems without a licensed professional!


Finally, never be afraid to haggle prices wherever you can and make use of comparison shopping and price-matching wherever you purchase supplies. When everything is done right and you’ve chosen upgrades you really love, you will surely enjoy your new kitchen for many years to come.

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