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Kitchen Remodel: Dream or Nightmare?

Kitchen remodel — will yours be a dream, or a nightmare?

With some of the home improvement shows on HGTV, a dream kitchen remodel seems effortless, doesn’t it? Well, here in the real world, a kitchen remodel can be a welcome and valuable improvement to your home — or it can be a torturous and overly expensive experience for you and your family!

Here’s the good news: a kitchen remodel can be a fun experience, as well as a great investment. The key is to go about it the right way.

First, be clear about what you want your finished kitchen to be like. Visit a kitchen showroom and take note of what you like, and what you don’t like. Consider all of the options, but don’t get carried away by fancy features that might break your budget.

You DO have a budget, right? Make sure it’s realistic. Things can cost more than you anticipate.

Food preparation and clean-up are the primary uses of a kitchen. So, before you begin your kitchen remodel, give serious thought to those key functions. How much space will you need in your kitchen for food preparation? For storage? For clean-up?

Keep in mind that your kitchen remodel should be based on improved functionality as well as attractive design. Ideally, you want your kitchen to be as beautiful and functional as possible. Remember the budget issue? If you can afford it, you might want to bring in a professional designer to help with planning the remodeling of your kitchen. The plan is the basis for everything, so it’s critically important.

Be sure to choose quality materials for your kitchen remodel. Floors, cabinets, counter tops, sinks, lighting, appliances — every element of your kitchen should be durable as well as attractive. A kitchen can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear — especially if the household includes adventurous kids! Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each element of your new kitchen, and select carefully.

What about the shape of your new kitchen? Does your kitchen remodel allow you to change the shape, or are you restricted by the current layout of your home? If you have flexibility, consider which design will best suit your purposes: L-shaped, U-shaped, G-shaped, straight wall (or one-wall) or an open floor plan?

The most important aspect of your kitchen is the working area. The most popular working area layout option is the triangle, based on the arrangement of the three most commonly used appliances — sink, stove, refrigerator. But this is your kitchen remodel, so it should fit your desires. Just be sure to take your time and consider everything carefully. You want your newly remodeled kitchen to bring you joy for many years to come!

Once you’re clear on what you want your kitchen remodel to be, consider getting help — even if you’re a do-it-yourself person. A kitchen remodel is a big investment. A professional kitchen remodel contractor can make your dream kitchen a reality in minimum time and with the fewest frustrations.

Kitchen remodel: With planning and execution — the end result will be a dream, not a nightmare!