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Dec 21, 2009
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Kitchen Remodel Ideas and Important Tips

 

Remodeling your kitchen is probably the most important piece of home decoration you can do. There is no shortage of pictures of elegant and tempting kitchen remodel ideas all over the Internet, TV adverts and the ubiquitous home magazines. Funny thing about those sales pictures though is that they all look like small kitchens. It is a limitation of photography that the camera can only capture two walls and a section of the ceiling and floor of any kitchen remodel set.

A top tip for your kitchen remodel ideas is to make use of all-round picture simulation software so that you see your kitchen plan realized as though you stand in the center and turn full circle. You will see features and spot anomalies that you didn’t imagine existed when looking at a two dimensional glossy film-set picture.

One thing you won’t see in any of those glossy magazines or on any of those gorgeous website room simulations is the total cost of your kitchen remodel ideas. Another top tip is to overcome this omission by using spreadsheet software to build your own parts list, cost sheet and be your own estimator.

First you measure and draw up plans of your kitchen area. Then you decide on your remodel approach. This can range from the minimum change of repainting your existing cabinet doors all the way up to a total replacement project with RTA, ready to assemble, kitchen cabinets. Assuming of course that you are on a budget that won’t stretch to employing a contractor to install your custom made kitchen remodel ideas. These services deliver exquisite results with minimum inconvenience to your self but they are also very expensive.

The fundamental principal when it comes down to the ‘nitty gritty’ of how to implement your kitchen remodel ideas is to hold your budget in front of you at all times and stick to it. Discipline yourself to reject any and all budget busting ideas and shop around for affordable alternatives.

Two further top tips for holding down the cost of your kitchen remodel ideas are: Buy the accessories and hardware separately to the cabinets. This way you not only get a unique look but you can also take advantage of discounts in the competitive hardware market. Save up to pay cash for your new kitchen. Too many people forget the cost of credit when it comes to their home improvement budget and you can often get discounts for paying cash.

Wes Wayne gives important tips and advice regarding remodeling a small kitchen at http://www.squidoo.com/RemodelingaSmallKitchen

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Dec 16, 2009
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Kitchen Cabinetry – Kitchen Remodeling on a Shoestring Budget

 

Kitchen remodeling can really add a modern feel to your kitchen. Remodeling your kitchen cabinets is a great start. Installing new cabinets can make you feel like you’ve bought a brand new kitchen. The great news is that kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be expensive. There are lots of great ways to remodel on a budget.

Don’t Replace-Refinish

Over time, the finish starts to wear off on your cabinet doors. Naturally, you want it to look new and vibrant. The most common solution is to replace the cabinet doors, but there is a cheaper and easier way. You can refinish your cabinet doors and save loads of cash.

Refinishing is simply touching up the cabinet door and maybe applying a new coat of paint. You can hire a professional to refinish your cabinet doors, or you can take a crack at doing it yourself. It involves removing the doors, sanding the edges to make them smooth, cleaning and applying a finish that you can buy at your local hardware store. If you’re not up to the job yourself, you can always hire someone to do it. It’s a small job, so it shouldn’t cost too much.

 

Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets

If you’d like to replace the cabinet doors but want to save money on having them installed, you can get ready-to-assemble (RTA) cupboards. These are designed to be a piece of cake for anybody to install themselves. Just follow the directions and you will have new cabinets in no time.

You can also buy stock cupboards. These are cheaper than custom made ones. Instead of being made exactly to your kitchen’s specifications, they come with filler gaps. You can set the cabinets where you want them, and use the gaps to fill in the extra space.

When replacing cupboards, it is a general rule that you get what you pay for. Of course, you want to remodel cheaply, but if it doesn’t look good, there’s no point at all. Before you start shopping for replacement cabinets, decide exactly how much you want to spend, and don’t compromise on style or quality.

Most people don’t realize how much the cabinets say about a kitchen. It really is the cabinetry that gives each kitchen its own special feel, and sets the mood for the whole room. Don’t economize too much on cabinets, and don’t take on a job that’s too big for you to handle. If you’re not sure about doing it yourself, call the professionals and have them do it for you.

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Dec 13, 2009
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Navigating Through the Sea of Options for Kitchen Cabinets

 

Kitchen cabinets are always the largest expense in a kitchen remodel. Because they are a major investment (and one that’s not likely to be made again anytime soon), you’ll need to sort through the hundreds of options and make choices with confidence. Not all kitchen remodels will require new cabinets, so step back and look at your kitchen with an open mind before deciding to just rip everything out.

FRESHEN UP
If existing cabinets are of good quality, are in excellent working condition and the layout functions well, the most affordable option is to freshen them up by restaining or painting. Another alternative, refacing, involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts, and should be handled by a professional. The process is much faster than installing new cabinets because the cabinets remain intact and the work is done onsite. It is important to note that when it comes to cabinets, doors and drawer fronts account for the greatest expense.

In reality, the doors and drawer fronts can account for as much as 70% of the cost of the cabinet. This is because most cabinets utilize plywood or particleboard for the cabinet box, which is significantly cheaper than the real wood used for the doors and drawer faces.

NEW AND IMPROVED
The decision has been made to install new cabinets, but there are other choices ahead. Are custom cabinets required, or will stock cabinets fit the bill? Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless options with regard to materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Custom cabinets will require much longer lead times, and can be 2 to 5 times as expensive depending on the style of cabinet that you are looking at.

Semi-custom cabinets are just that: semi-custom. While the cabinets are made to the homeowner’s size requirements, the manufacturer produces them in predetermined increments. Often a spacer may be needed to conceal unused wall space, and that sacrifices storage. The range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories will not be as broad with semi-custom cabinets, but they cost less than fully custom cabinets.

Stock cabinets, which are the most affordable of new cabinet options, are pre-made and come in standard sizes. In the past, stock cabinets had a stigma to them because of the quality of materials that were used. Today, manufacturers are using solid wood for the face frame and doors, and better cabinets will feature solid plywood cabinet boxes.

If you ask any industry expert, they will tell you that 8 out of 10 kitchens cabinet be built using stock cabinets. A 1/2″ here or a 1/4″ there can be easily made up by using filler strips which will not take away from the overall beauty of the finished product.

No matter what type of cabinet is selected, it’s important to evaluate the quality of hinges, doors, drawer systems and finish. Don’t be afraid to pursue companies that sell cabinets strictly on-line. They will have lower overhead and therefore can offer better prices. Even RTA (Ready-To-Assemble) cabinets are featuring the same quality materials as the big name manufacturers, but at a lower price.

CONSTRUCTION AND STYLE
Next, consider the construction type and door style. Framed cabinets, which are popular in traditional kitchens, have a front frame around the cabinet opening. The door attaches to the frame. Frameless, or European-style cabinets, have no front frame. The door attaches directly to the side of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets, which are often used in contemporary kitchens, offer an advantage over framed cabinets. Because there is no front frame, there is open access to the cabinet interior.

When it comes to door styles, there are several choices. Traditional-overlay doors cover some of the frame, full-overlay doors cover the entire cabinet frame and inset doors sit inside the cabinet frame.

SOURCE: Gary Nealon, www.articlebase.com

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