Kitchen renovations are at the top of the list when it comes to home remodeling, according to statistics from the National Association of Home Builders. But, deciding just what you want to achieve in a kitchen creates tough choices.
If the sum total of your cooking is reheating frozen pizzas in the oven and quickie stir-fries on the stovetop, do you really need a professional quality stainless-steel range and two convection ovens?
On the other hand, if your idea of fun is cooking dinner for your supper club, serving hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen to the civic association committee meeting at your house and hosting family get- togethers, you’re an ideal candidate for a kitchen upgrade. Plus, you probably need the food prep capacity available with the new, professional-style kitchen ranges, refrigerators and dishwashers.
Consider your needs and desires before starting a kitchen remodelling job. Don’t just tear out a picture from a magazine and say that’s what you must have.
There are product brochures, magazines, computer programs and seminars to help homeowners learn about kitchen remodelling options.
Work with a design professional – A kitchen designer or architect will range in cost from $50 to $100 an hour. Their expertise is worth the cost, contractor Dansky said, because a designer or architect will save homeowners money in the long run and offer building or installation solutions that amateurs don’t know about.
Visit open houses and store displays of appliances – Look at kitchen installations because seeing the actual sizes and finishes of the new appliances is important. Not everyone is happy with the fact that magnets won’t stick to stainless-steel refrigerators or pleased with the challenge of cleaning fingerprints off black dishwasher or oven fronts.