Nov 3, 2009
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A Few Simple Tips To Help Your Kitchen Remodel Go Smoother

Does your kitchen floor look like it’s been there for decades? Do the counter tops look like they have been trampled on by elephants and ate on by many little kids? Does your floor plan look like it was built back in time with a different decorating pattern? If this is your kitchen I would look in to updating or remodeling your kitchen. If you update your kitchen with newer appliances and cabinets you could raise the value of your house, and if you remodel your kitchen that can also raise the value of your house but it also you’re your ideas and creativity you have in your head come to reality in real life. The starting of the kitchen remodeling you might need some and maybe a lot of patience and time as your kitchen is mess, but at the end of the whole project will be kitchen you can be proud of and one your can share with all your friend and family.

When remodeling your Kitchen you can just do small up grades or you can do a full out remodel with brand new everything in your kitchen. When thinking of doing a small upgrade you can replace appliances, get new handles for cabinets, or refinish the cabinets. Or you can replace your floor cause it looks like its been walked on for a hundred years or replace your counter tops. These changes will have a new effect on your kitchen and also raise the value of your house. But if you decide to do a full scale remodel of your kitchen this can have the most effect on your house and will want you to showoff your new kitchen.

To start your remodeling process of you kitchen you should make notes on what you want to do, what you are going to replace and about how much money you will or are willing to spend to remodel your kitchen. Walk through your kitchen and take notes on what works and what doesn’t work and what you want to replace or keep in your current kitchen. Start by picking up magazines on kitchens and looking through them and taking notes on what you want to do and do some research on the internet also and what down notes you find on the internet.

Another thing you might want to do is make some kind of folder with all your notes and designs your wrote and picked out of what you want and like. Do not hold back this far into your early stages of your kitchen remodeling. The next thing you should do is decide on a budget or decide on how much you are willing to spend to remodel your kitchen but if I was you I would decide on a budget so you don’t go over and have unexpected bills you have to pay that you cant afford. The next stage of your remodeling process is to match you creative ideas to your budget and what you can afford. By doing this you might be real surprise on how much you can get for you money and how much your creative design will cost you. By this point it would be a good idea to find and contact a designer and maybe even a space planner for your project. They will be very helpful with your design and some advice, tips and some unexpected money issues that might have came to your mind.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about remodeling as well as air tools at

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Nov 1, 2009
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How To Decide How Far To Go When You Update Your Kitchen

In many families the kitchen is where they hang out and spend a lot of time together. In my home growing up that was a requirement. No matter what we had going on even when I was a teenager we had to be home to have dinner together. Many families will help each other cook and clean and talk about their day in the kitchen. In a lot of homes kids do their homework at the kitchen table so it is a very well used room. With all this in mind it just makes sense that it should be given priority in updating to make it the best it can be.

When it comes to updating or remodeling the kitchen you can spend a little or spend a lot. There are remodeling plans for the budget minded as well as those who seek a full kitchen remodel. The kitchen can be a place in the home where you can spend a lot of money on a remodel, in fact only the bathroom can rival it.

You can give your kitchen a new look with just a few items if you are creative. You don’t necessarily have to invest in a total kitchen remodel to make it look like a totally new place. For example, instead of buying totally new cabinets you can resurface the fronts of the cabinets instead and install new hardware. Another update that can make a kitchen look completely new is installing new counter tops which is really a job that one can do themselves with a little instruction. Another popular upgrade many people choose is to install new floors. If you have old linoleum floors you will not believe the difference it can make to put down tile and then create a matching backsplash behind the sink.

Almost any kitchen can be given a great new look as well as increased function by investing in new appliances. Buy matching appliances such as a new refrigerator, range, and dishwasher and you will instantly improve the appearance of the kitchen. Just the simple act of changing out the hardware on the drawers and cabinets can sometimes have a dramatic effect.

If you have chosen to go the route of the full remodel job for your kitchen you will also have some choices to make. You can hire a qualified contractor to handle the entire job or you can do it yourself and hire out the craftsmen you will need to complete certain jobs. You need to evaluate how much money have put aside to spend and then add at least 10% of it for unexpected things that always happen on any remodel job. If you intend to own your home for a long period of time you may go for a complete new kitchen. One thing is for sure, regardless of which way you decide to go you will be sure to get a lot of enjoyment from your updated kitchen.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about kitchens as well as kitchen appliances at

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Nov 1, 2009
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Choosing Lighting For Your Kitchen Remodel

Each year, millions of homeowners under take remolding their kitchen. Are you thinking of becoming one of them? One of the things that you may be considering is the lighting, it doesn’t matter if you are going to redo the entire room, or just freshen it up a bit. You will find the difference in lighting may change the whole atmosphere of the room. This is one of the main reasons that when homeowners will make sure that the lighting fixtures one of the main changes.

When you go shopping for your new light fixtures for the kitchen, you may find that you have far more choices than you had realized, especially if you haven’t shopped in a while, or if this will be your first time. The fixtures, as well as the lights themselves come in so many different styles, shapes, sizes and colors; you will have to have an idea of what you want so you can narrow down your choices before you get to the store. If you decide to just go shopping with a clear picture of what you are after, you may have a very difficult making up your mind at all.
It will be very important for you to do some preliminary brainstorming. What shape you want the fixture to be? Do you want a chandelier style lamp or a single spot light? Do you want to add a ceiling fan to the area or simply add new covers to the lights? Every decision you make on the lighting for your kitchen remodeling project will have an effect on the room as it affects the over all feel of the kitchen as well as the atmosphere and feeling. That is why making your decisions before you go shopping to make sure you get just the right one for your room.

Ceiling lights are one of the more popular lighting types for the kitchen. These, as the name suggests, are light that are mounted right to the ceiling. Even though they are usually regarded as the most traditional types of lighting fixtures, they do not half to look traditional. You will find a multitude of ceiling lighting fixtures on line and at your local retailers. You will be able to find fixtures to fit your kitchen remodeling budget and ideas. With a little shopping, you will find what you are looking for at the price you want to pay. These types of lights are usually the most affordable of the fixtures and may be the best choice if your budget is tight.

Hanging kitchen lights are another popular choice for your kitchen. There are two main types of hanging lights, they are chandeliers and pedants. Where the chandelier style usually has several lights gathered together from a single main stem, the pendent type of lighting is a single light. If you are looking at one of these types of lights for your kitchen remodel, you will find they are sometimes referred to as mini lights. This is due to the fact that larger lights are too big to use in most standard kitchens and are reserved for larger areas of the home such as dinning room or living room.

Under cabinet lights have become increasingly popular over the last few years. They are great for just a bit of added light for making a midnight snack or for reading a cook book. This is a great idea if you are planning on replacing the cabinets as some of the newer models will have the lights already installed and ready to go.

As you can see, this is just a sampling of a couple types of lighting fixtures you can get for your kitchen remodeling project. There are literally hundreds of options. Even after you decide on a type of light, you then have to decide on style and color as well as shapes and designs.

You may want to do your preliminary shopping on line to save you time going from store to store. Having some idea of what you want will go a long way.

Lee Dobbins writes for where you can get more kitchen decorating tips.

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