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Kitchen Remodeling
Planning for Your Big Kitchen Makeover
 
by Shannon Dauphin
 
The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and a kitchen remodel can make the entire home feel more welcoming and fun. But a remodel is also a very big job, so planning ahead for your kitchen makeover is essential.
 
How Big is Your Budget?
One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is about the bottom line. How much do you have to sink into kitchen remodeling? Keep in mind the cost of appliances, materials, and labor. Professional design help is another expense. You should also account for extra money in the budget to handle the little surprises that could pop up in a kitchen remodeling job.
Take a look at where you might be able to reduce your costs. For instance, that redwood floor might be what you crave, but laminate that looks like redwood is easier on your budget.
 
What Matters Most in Your Kitchen Makeover?
What are your goals for the kitchen remodel? Do you want a bigger counterspace, new kitchen cabinets, or simply more light? Make a list of what you would like to have in your remodeled kitchen. Start with the things you want the most, and end the list with the "splurges" that you know aren't necessary, but that you would love to have anyway.
 
Talk to Kitchen Remodeling Professionals
Kitchen remodel professionals are gold mines of advice. Free advice can be had in kitchen remodeling showrooms, and for a bit more cost, you can hire a professional kitchen designer to look over the space and give you remodel ideas you might not have considered.
 
Take Your Time
A kitchen remodel is an intense labor of love. Don't rush into it! Take your time in shopping for kitchen cabinets, flooring, and appliances. Take your time in finding a contractor as well, and don't hesitate to check out everything about them before you turn over your hard-earned money for their services.
Meticulous planning married with a bit of wiggle room makes for a perfect kitchen remodel. Brainstorm your kitchen remodel ideas, take your time with decisions, and create a kitchen you will love for years to come.
 
About the Author:
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.
 
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