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Kitchen Remodeling Considerations

Most Real Estate Agents will tell you that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It has a dramatic effect on a home's resale value, and how it compares to other comparable houses on the market. Today's kitchen has the ability to provide many luxuries to homeowners by way of innovative design, modern appliances, and long lasting and easy to upkeep materials. With many families carrying on the longstanding tradition of using the kitchen as the central point of the home, it's no wonder American homeowners year over year seek to improve the quality and functionality of their kitchens.

When designing a kitchen remodel, there are things to consider before getting to materials and appliances. You should decide how to best maximize your space by deciding on a layout that most suits your family. This includes considerations such as whether to have a bar, island, breakfast room, nook, dull fledged dining room, or any combination thereafter. Getting the best use of natural lighting with well placed windows will create an open space, and use of those windows and doors provides the proper ventilation a kitchen needs.

Cabinets - Kitchen cabinets are a primary point of attention in any kitchen and are the element that can most often show the room's age. Replacing kitchen cabinets can be one of the most effective ways to bring new life to the space and make the room for attractive when the time comes to sell the home. You should consider whether you would like custom made cabinetry, made to your exact specifications, or factory made cabinets allowing varying degrees of customization. Depending on the manufacturer, you can select various combinations of design, material and finishing of the cabinets to be installed in your kitchen. Keep in mind the amount of storage you currently need, and anticipate the needs you may have in the future.

Countertops - Countertops are often the unsung heroes of the kitchen, receiving the most use and taking the most wear and tear. When allocating budget for the countertops, consider the products longevity when exposed to the kitchen's various stresses and find a product that will last as well as meet your financial objectives. These materials are primarily granite, ceramic tile, concrete, plastic laminate and stainless steel. Carefully consider how much counter space you will need, and place extra thought into best using that space next to high frequency areas such as the fridge, range, microwave and pantry.

Appliances - Most modern kitchens consist of the following appliances: refrigerator, microwave, oven and range, dishwasher, sink and disposal. When selecting these appliances, once must consider the quality and features of the products, as well as the overall aesthetics and appeal it adds to the kitchen. Reliable, brand name appliances will provide long lasting and reliable use, as well and create confidence in a potential buyer of your home. Modern looking appliances utilizing materials such as stainless steel also provide the look of today's kitchen.

The kitchen has always been a place to congregate for families and creating one that furthers that appeal is well worth the effort. Breaking the room down to its components will help make that remodeling process easier.

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