“Fund My Remodel”: Successful Kitchen Remodels Are Centered Around Ideal Cabinet Design And Quality

8 08 2010

Cabinets

At the heart of every kitchen makeover project is a solid and well-thought-out kitchen cabinet design. This specifies the size and location of cabinets, the kitchen work area and where appliances will go. It also defines your personal style based on the type of cabinetry and features you choose. For example, do you prefer a sleek, modern or a cozy country kitchen?

When developing your design, consider the addition of a kitchen island, possibly with a sink. Islands make great workspaces and often can double as quick-eating areas.

Whatever style you choose, always make sure your new cabinets also will be functional.

Flooring

As part of every kitchen remodel, you should evaluate flooring choices. Vinyl, wood, laminate and ceramic tile all have their pros and cons. Vinyl is the most economical and practical, and it is available in a wide range of patterns and styles. Wood and laminate flooring are a notch up in looks, though water is always a concern when it comes to wood flooring. Ceramic tile is quite durable but expensive to purchase and to install. Also, ceramic tiles can be a bit cold underfoot, and the risk of breaking a tile is always high in a kitchen.

Appliances and Hardware

Most homeowners and homebuyers today prefer stainless steel kitchen appliances. These can cost a small fortune for certain brand names, but other manufacturers offer more affordable options Another excellent investment would be a large, multifunctional kitchen faucet that provides both a steady stream of water and a shower spray, and includes a soap dispenser.

Lighting

Every kitchen should include natural lighting as well as appliance task lighting. If there is currently no window in your kitchen, install one if possible. Consider overhead task lighting as well as general room lighting, and illumination in the cabinet soffits and under the topmost cabinets.

Though all of this may require the skills of an electrician, including sufficient lighting in your kitchen makeover will pay off when you sell your home.

Decor

Add color and panache to a kitchen through your selection of window treatments and wall coverings. Choose bright shades to create a warm and cheerful ambiance.

The wall treatment can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint, but for more style and texture, you may want to add a chair rail and wallpaper.

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