Finding "Perfect" Renovation Tips...

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Finding "Perfect" Renovation Tips...
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Thu, 03-06-2008 - 10:26am

By Leroy C. Calstard

from http://ezinearticles.com/?Finding-Perfect-Kitchen-Renovation-Tips&id=914299

The theme that a person chooses when remodeling their kitchen will depend completely on personal preferences.

You can think of many different things that you could possibly do to your kitchen, however you should talk to a professional to help you decide. They will be able to talk you thorough what would work best. The professional will be able to suggest which theme should work best, and also which accessories you should add.

If you are looking for things to buy at flea markets then you should bare in mind your overall theme. Don't just buy anything, make sure you only buy things that fit in with your theme. Of course if there is something that you love but doesn't fit in then you could still buy it and keep it in storage until you need it!

People generally try to achieve one of three different types of kitchen when renovating it. Including Antique, contemporary and modern looks. Whichever one you choose will depend upon your own preference. When you are renovating your kitchen you must remind yourself that you are actually going to be the person using the kitchen, there's no point making it look beautiful if it's not usable! Make sure it works exactly how you want it to.



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Fri, 03-07-2008 - 11:03am

from http://www.johncookkitchens.com/tips.htm

Planning to remodel your kitchen ? Here are some thoughts on getting 
started: First - get these items. You will need them:

• file folder - multi pocket type (for organizing ideas, magazine cut-outs,
 photos, etc. that you might like to incorporate into your new kitchen)

• graph paper - for sketching your kitchen layout ideas (you don't need to
 be an experienced draftsperson!)

• measuring tape (25' recommended but most any kind will do)

• notebook (the kind with several subject sections is the best)

Then think about answers to the following questions: Write down the
 questions and your answers. Keep it in your file for later reference. You and 
your kitchen designer will need to address some or all of these while 
designing your new kitchen.

1. What is my primary objective? Such as - Do I want a new look, more
 storage, more counter space, upgrade for resale, etc. ?

2. What do I like about my present kitchen? This is very important! You may
 want to keep certain features in your new kitchen. Don't give up what
 works !

3. What features of my present kitchen do I most want to change? Such as
 - I don't like my current cabinet style, countertops, appliances, floor, 
lighting, etc.

4. What is my budget for this project? You need to "qualify" yourself and
 what you can reasonably expect to complete. Kitchen remodeling is one 
of the best investments you can make in your home! It is possible to get 
nearly 100 % return on your kitchen remodeling investment.

5. What are the most important functions of my kitchen? It may simply be 
such things as cooking, family dining, etc. But it may also include 
homework, budget planning, entertaining, watching TV.

6. When do I want to have my remodeling project completed? You need to
 allow a minimum of 4 months. More realistic, 6 to 8 months. Most
 custom cabinets take two months to arrive after ordering. This does
 NOT mean your home will be "torn up" all this time. But it allows plenty of
time for planning, order processing, shipping, demolition, installation,
 moving back into your kitchen and re-organization.

7. What kinds of things will I need to make room for in my new design? You
 might include a toaster, food processor, blender, coffee maker, 
everyday dishes, china, bulk groceries, cookbooks, trays, etc.

8. What other special accommodations might I want in the new kitchen? 
Things such as a desk/computer/printer space, eating bar, washer/dryer, 
baking center, hobby or craft area, etc.

9. Will I need to upgrade existing electrical or plumbing? The answer here
 may depend on whether you change the layout of your sink, cooktop or
 oven. But it also may depend on the requirements of the local building 
codes for remodeling.

10. Who will be the primary user? Is this person left or right handed, very tall
 or short, does this person have any special needs?

11. Who else will be using the kitchen? For example, will this become a "two 
cook" kitchen.

12. Do I want double or single ovens? Two Dishwashers? Two Sinks ? Will
 children be using the kitchen and what are their ages?

Answering these questions are an important first step in remodeling your 
kitchen. Don't overlook them! The more detailed you can be with your 
answers, the easier it will be to develop a design that will make you 
happy and will serve your family for many years to come.



Co-CL for "The Stitcher's Niche" and "Remodel & Renovate" and CL for "Antiques and Collectibles"








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