Practical Tips When Choosing to Remodel Your Kitchen

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by Liz

Practical tips when choosing to remodel your kitchen….in kitchen-speak, the work area that connects the sink, the refrigerator and the cook top is the work triangle, ground zero of every kitchen. Today, kitchens are designed with this optimum functionality foremost in mind, but older kitchens – not so much.

Home buyers today want professional quality kitchens, and an updated kitchen is a strong selling point when you put the house on the market, and an investment worth making.

If you are about to remodel a kitchen, you might want to keep in mind these tips from the National Remodeling Industry.

References & Contractors

Always get references from contractors, and once you have selected one, get a detailed contract that specifies each step of the job, with payment in 3 increments: a down payment, a mid-point payment and the final payment only after you are satisfied that everything has been done to your specifications. A good reliable contractor will have no problem with this arrangement.

Use Color for Change

Changing the color of the room makes the most dramatic impact – and it’s the most cost-efficient. Even with new appliances, if the color of the room is old, drab and tired, the room will feel that way, too. A neutral palette is a good option, especially if you’re on a tight budget. A white or almond sink and neutral laminate are basic and go with almost any accent color. They also withstand changing style trends.

New Appliances if you Must

If you can get away with using the appliances you already have, you can save approximately $5000. If you are buying new, be sure to get energy efficient models. Not only will they save you money on utility bills, but they are a strong selling point if you put your home on the market. If possible, keep appliances where the current outlets for power, plumbing and gas are. Changing them adds expense to your budget that may not be necessary.

Small Appliances Still Need Space

Make sure your small appliances match the larger ones, especially if they are going to be in view on the counter or on a shelf. If your refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are stainless steel, then a stainless steel meat grinder such as the Waring mg800 model looks better than a plastic white model (and stainless steel is easier to clean). Keep in mind, custom colored appliances such as for the Kitchen Aid mixers can often times be a little more expensive than stainless steel. The consistency of color gives the room a finished, designer look.

Educate Yourself

Make sure to do your homework before any appliance purchase, large or small. When shopping for new appliances, make sure you note the outside dimensions for the height and width. Also note the weight of the appliance because if it is too heavy to move yourself, you will want to make sure you have enough countertop space to keep it in easy reach. Seasonal appliances such as the DeLonghi gelato maker or ice cream makers are fun to use, but certainly are not an everyday item.

Therefore, make sure you have the proper storage area to keep these until needed. Gelato makers come in various sizes, however a simple search for a gelato maker review should give you the information you need – or any appliance for that matter. Read customer feedback comments and don’t hesitate to call the manufacturer direct with any questions or concerns.

This article was contributed by SimpleItalianCooking.com, an Italian recipe website.

Updated: April 27, 2013 — 2:45 pm

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