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Renewing The Look And Feel Of Your Aging Kitchen

There comes a time in every homeowner's life when they step back, look at the kitchen, and wonder why they have never renovated the space. For some it might be money; for others it is time. In any case, when the time is right to demolish what was there and start fresh, there are a couple of things to consider.

Concerning the Layout

One of the first things you need to do when considering renovating your kitchen is to sit down and draw out a design or plan to work from. If you don't have a plan, it is hard to buy new cabinets and furnishings because you have no idea what you will need. You can take your ideas to an architect and have a professional blueprint drawn up, but keep in mind, architects don't come cheap, so you might want to budge that into the build. Realistically, without the design on paper, there are too many chances that something will get removed of demoed that should have been left in place. That plan will keep everyone on the same page through the entire renovation.

New Versus Custom

When it comes time to start shopping for cabinets for your kitchen renovation, you will need to consider your options. For many people, cabinets from the local home center are enough. These are great products, but there are those people that want to have their cabinets constructed to meet their needs. If you choose to go with a completely custom set of cabinets, it is still a good idea to look at some at the home center. Often that will give you design ideas that can be transferred to your project. Talk to the cabinet maker about the type of wood you would like, but also about what type of countertop the custom kitchen cabinets will have to support.

Installing the New Cabinets

Once the cabinets are done and the kitchen is ready for them, the cabinet maker might choose to come to install them. If he or she does, he or she will most likely have a crew  that understands what is needed and how it needs to be done. Getting the cabinets into place in the kitchen will make it feel new almost without adding anything else. One the cabinets have been installed, it is a good idea to cover them over with a tarp or some plastic so they do not get damaged while the rest of the work is being finished.