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Kitchen Remodeling Tips:

You don't have a budget to pay for a full-scale kitchen remodel of $20,000 or higher. Yet your kitchen is looking tired and dated. What to do?

We've have some great kitchen remodeling ideas that are quick and inexpensive. Let's look at some of the major facets of this type of project:


  • Limit New Home Improvement Materials: New materials are expensive for the kitchen especially the cost of granite, flooring, and cabinets. For example, painting your cabinets is all well and good, and it will extend your satisfaction with your cabinets another few years. But eventually you will need to replace them. Nothing quite does the job like a full-scale replacement.
  • Working Magic: Tricks of light and color can have just as much effect on the look of your kitchen as pricey remodeling projects.
  • What's the Look? Light-colored wood kitchen cabinets transformed into colorful objects of beauty.
  • Do you have beveled kitchen cabinets? Bevels are notch-like grooves inset in your cabinet door face. Paint the bevels a slightly lighter tone than the surrounding face area to make the cabinets visually "pop out."
  • Why You Want to Do This? Substantial cost savings. Painting kitchen cabinets may run you $200, with new kitchen cabinets costing several thousand dollars.
  • What's the Look? Surprisingly updated kitchen cabinets by only switching out hardware. If your kitchen cabinets have the 1980s/1990s flat-door "zero hardware" look, you can really make your kitchen sparkle by adding knobs.
  • Why go with boring white or yellow walls in your kitchen. One great kitchen remodeling idea is to add an accent wall. Accent walls are normally associated with wide-open spaces (foyers, living rooms, etc.) where some type of visual "break" or focus is needed. But used appropriately, an accent wall can be used in the kitchen, too.
  • A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remodels in the $50,000 to $60,000 range recoup about 66% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to recent data from Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.

A minor kitchen remodel of about $20,000 does even better, returning more than 72% of your investment.

To make sure you maximize your return, follow these smart kitchen remodeling strategies that will help you come up with great kitchen design ideas.

1. Establish priorities for a kitchen remodel

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending at least six months planning your kitchen remodeling project. Hence, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction, create change orders, and inflate construction costs. Below are some planning points to cover:

  • Traffic patterns for Cooking: A path through the kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide and work aisles at a minimum of 42 inches wide and 48 inches wide for households with multiple cooks.
  • Child safety: Avoid sharp, square corners on counter tops, and have microwave ovens installed at the proper height of 3 inches below the shoulder of the primary user but not more than 54 inches from the floor.
  • Outside access: If you want easy access to entertaining areas, such as a deck or patio, factor a new exterior door into your plans.

What are the secrets to buying cheap kitchen cabinets? First, you need to make a big decision about materials for your kitchen cabinets. While everyone would prefer having 100% wood cabinets, real wood will always mean higher costs.

Extras Drive Up the Price!

    Another way that kitchen cabinet manufacturers really pry open your wallet is by adding extras that cost more than their true worth. This is, of course, the same thing that auto manufacturers and retailers do, adding “options” and extras like undercoating. Not all of these extras are bad. You just need to think twice about these extras before ordering them up.

    Turntables built-in to your cabinet will cost more than if you purchase a simple $10 turntable by yourself. Fancy glass doors will cost more than solid doors. Any kind of hardware purchased through the cabinet manufacturer will always be extremely expensive. Purchase your own hardware and save a lot of money.

    Are Used Kitchen Cabinets Worthwhile? Kitchen cabinet installation also means the “de-installation” of the current cabinets. If the homeowner is doing the job by himself, then he will have to pay a hauler, rent a roll-off dumpster, or make a costly trip to the landfill to get rid of the old kitchen cabinets. It can be quite expensive to get rid of old kitchen cabinets, and that is why you will see plenty of homeowners advertising their old kitchen cabinets on places like Craigslist, Free-cycle, and other free Online classified outlets.

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