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Oct 12, 2009
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Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget


Okay I know what you are thinking. This guy is going to tell me with a can of white paint your cabinets will look great. Well, not hardly. I have seen some jobs where a coat of paint will help escape the inevitable for a little while, but the time soon comes where the cabinets must be replaced.


I have been remodeling and rehabbing mainly foreclosures over the last 8 years. I saw first hand that the majority of the expense of a kitchen remodel is in the cabinets. I saw the need for an “affordable” kitchen remodel after feeling cheated for the quality I was getting at large home improvement stores.. Therefore, we started our own cabinet/kitchen remodeling business to get the lowest prices on cabinets. LKN Cabinets was formed. showcases 2 different lines of “Wholesale or Affordable” Cabinets. We also carry the full line of Armstrong cabinets, a well know US cabinetmaker. These 3 distinct lines accomplish our goal of affordability.


I invite you, check that, I challenge you to have us quote out your kitchen remodel. For those that have quotes already in hand, don’t be shocked if we come in as much as 50% off our competitors. Quotes are FREE so pick up the phone today.


Brian Powers author, Co-Owner of LKN Cabinets

Oct 12, 2009
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Remodeling Your Kitchen – Will it Pay Off When You Sell?


Many homeowners often ask the question, will I get back my money on this remodel if I sell my house soon? The short answer is, it depends.

My second short answer is yes! If your overall home is nice and your kitchen is lacking then it maybe wise to remodel before you resale. But you must take into account the cost to remodel, do not go overboard on your kitchen if your home is an average dwelling. Find out what is happening in your neighborhood as far as kitchen remodels go.

Never remodel with a strong niche theme in mind. That means no checkered flooring, retro, country, etc. A theme that does not fit with your home and or mass market may make it harder to sell your home. Remodeling for profit means your kitchen cost should be no more than 8% of total home value.

For an honest opinion ask your friends and family. You can never trust someone who has motive to gain business or profit from your home. Take it for what it is worth.

Hiring a remodeling contractor. Make a list of exactly what are must have item for your project then hand them out to all that come over to bid. Get as many bids as you like and then you can eliminate from the bottom up. Every contractor thinks they do good work. I know guys who have been remodeling for 20 years who are not very good with quality. Just because they have done it for the longest time does not have anything to do with their knowledge or quality.

Take your time. Avoid contractors that are in a hurry to get you to sign something. They are worried you will find someone better. They are not very confident that you will pick them and their deal.

Finally, If you are in doubt? Don’t do it. Time will tell. But if you plan to live there for a while and think you will enjoy the remodel and can afford it than I say go for it. Often times when I am done with a remodel the homeowner will tell me I really wish I would have done this sooner.

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Oct 8, 2009
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Narrow your focus to the must haves

This is a repost we did from about 4 years ago but its still worth reading again, say LKN Cabinets.

Remodeling a current home instead of buying a new one is a popular decision among homeowners in today’s economy and housing market. It’s also a wise choice, for when the time comes to sell, the return on investment for many remodeling projects is significant, especially in the kitchen.

According to the 2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, the national average cost recouped from a major, mid-range kitchen remodel is 76 percent. And until you’re ready to resell, you’ll have a beautiful kitchen designed for your lifestyle.

Before you take that first step and begin demolition, here is a few vital tips to help create your dream kitchen, save precious time and increase your home’s value.

Plan, Plan, Plan — Good design begins with a great plan. It takes thoughtful preparation and while a bit complex, it’s also exciting. A kitchen remodel is a big investment, so know how much you are willing to spend and plan ahead on the layout and design features. If you do, it will be easier to manage your budget and completion date. Keep in mind that hardware, paint and wall coverings can easily be updated to reflect the latest trends, but make sure your big purchases like cabinetry, countertops and appliances are something you can live with for years.

Think About the Way You Live — Your new kitchen design should be based on the way your family lives. How many people will be in the kitchen at one time? In addition to cooking, will you use your kitchen for dining, entertaining or homework? Does anyone in your family have special needs? Do you need a lot of storage? Prepare an inspiration folder of ideas you’ve seen in magazines or digital pictures you’ve taken of elements you like. The more you share with your kitchen design specialist, the easier it will be for them to get that sense of your family’s lifestyle.

Your Personal Style — When selecting your kitchen cabinets, are you traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between?

Before you head to your local Lowe’s, it’s important to know your style so your designer can help create a unique, customized look. Think about what appeals to you — styles, finishes, colors, etc. From a practical standpoint, review your priorities — your “must haves” — against your target budget.

SOURCE: At Home Magazine.