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Remodeling to Create the Perfect Kitchen

Updated on March 12, 2011

If you enjoy cooking, there's a good chance that you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. As a matter of fact, the kitchen is the most frequently used room in most homes. If your kitchen hasn't been overhauled in a while, maybe it's time to make some changes.

Whether you'd like a new appliance or two or if your kitchen needs a complete redesign, making improvements to this room can have a positive impact on the time you spend preparing and enjoying meals as well as on the value of your home.

New Appliances

Installing new appliances in your kitchen can improve the appearance and functionality of the room. Additionally, doing so can have a positive impact on your energy costs if the appliances you are replacing are several years old. As new models are developed, new energy efficient technologies are included, resulting in less power usage and lower energy power bills. Consider updating your refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, stove, or oven if they're showing signs of wear and tear.

Countertop Facelift

If the kitchen countertops in your home have seen better days, it may be time to replace or resurface them. Depending on the type of countertops you have and the condition they are in, you may want to go for the affordable option of installing new laminate for a simple facelift. Or, you may want to install brand new wood, solid surface, granite, concrete, or another type of countertops for a completely different look.

Cabinetry Updates

The cabinets in a kitchen have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the room. Replacing cabinetry is a major undertaking that can be very expensive and disruptive. Unless your cabinets are damaged, it's probably best to leave them be. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't give them a new look. Simply replacing the hardware on your cabinets may be all that's needed to upgrade the look. If they need a little more work, consider changing out the doors or sprucing them up with a new coat of paint or stain.

Flooring Upgrade

Kitchen floors take a great deal of wear and tear. If yours have seen better days, it may be time to replace or refinish the flooring that you have. If you have linoleum floors that are showing signs of age, replacement is likely your best option. If your kitchen floors or hardwood or brick, refinishing is likely the most cost effective option unless you want to change the overall decorating scheme of the room.

Ready to Take the Plunge?

If you’ve been wishing for changes to your kitchen, why not go ahead and take the plunge now? There's no reason to keep putting off starting the process of starting to improve this important room. Even small, inexpensive changes can make a big difference!

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    Rebecca Graf 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    We are just about to put in new countertops. It will make a world of difference along with a new paint job.

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