Posts Tagged ‘kitchen remodeling’

How To Save Money On Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Remodeled

Remodeled Kitchen

With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and timing, you can cut costs without cutting corners.  A universal truth about renovations is that every little thing adds up. So save a little here, save a little there, and pretty soon you’re talking about lots of money .

Read the tips listed below to help you save money when doing kitchen remodeling.

Increase efficiency, not size.

If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage. Start by replacing space–hogging shelves with cabinet–height pullout drawers 8 inches wide, containing racks for canned goods and other items. You could easily shell out a few thousand to outfit cabinets with upgrades like dividers, pull–out pot trays, and lazy Susans…. but you’ll save many times that amount by skipping the addition you thought you needed.

Bring in natural light without adding windows.

Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house and rearranging the framing, consider less invasive—and less expensive—ways of capturing light.

Do your own demo

Knocking down may not be as costly as rebuilding, but you can still shave dollars by doing some of the demolition yourself—as long as you proceed with care.  When it comes to interior spaces, most professionals would dissuade folks from doing it unless they have done it before. The reason: a reckless wrecker might unwittingly take out a load–bearing wall or, worse still, plunge a reciprocating saw into live wiring or pressurized plumbing.

Limit recessed light fixtures

The more recessed lights you put in, the more it’s going to cost. In addition to the fixtures, it takes additional labor to cut all the holes and insulate them properly. A wall– or ceiling–mounted light can also deliver more wattage, which means you may be able to get away with fewer fixtures.  Be honest with yourself.  If you add 12 recessed lights, do you really think you need that many?

Do your own pick-ups

If you’re doing your own project, slash your materials–delivery fees by picking up goods yourself. No pickup truck?  You can rent a utility trailer, which you can tow behind your SUV. Get one just big enough to carry 4–by–8 sheet goods flat. Use it for a half–dozen trips, and it’s paid for itself.

Don’t move the kitchen sink

Don’t move the sink if you can avoid it. That often becomes the biggest part of the plumbing–price increase. If your new layout requires that you move the sink, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes at the same time, that will save you money in the long run.

Plan with stock sizes in mind

Ask yourself, “Why am I building something 10 feet wide if plywood comes in 4–foot–wide sheets”. The same applies to stock windows and doors: Use manufacturers’ off–the–shelf dimensions from the outset and you will save the premiums of custom fabrication.

Make decisions early

Start browsing the aisles at the hardware store or home center way before the wrecking starts. Get a good feeling for what you want in fixtures and appliances and what they cost.  It will cut down on impulse buying.  If you aren’t absolutely specific up front about what you want, look through magazines or go to kitchen builder showrooms.

Appliances

The best way to save in this area is to use your existing appliances. Purchasing floor models that are on clearance is a good idea too.  Floor models may have a scratch or two, but the savings can be significant.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary kitchens

Contemporary kitchens

If you want to remodel your kitchen and do it on the cheap side, consider painting your kitchen cabinets as opposed to refacing them.  First do a visual inspection to make sure the cabinets are worthy of giving a second life.  If they are chipped, scratched, and falling off the wall, you may want to re-think the process.  These steps are all part of the analysis phase.

We are going to go ahead and describe the painting process since it is such a good idea for the budget minded home owner.

Preparation

Like any other room you paint, you are going to have to clear the area of obstacles.  This means removing all the dishes and pots and pans and finding a new home for them temporarily since you will be painting the insides of the cabinets.

Cabinet painting is a multi-coat process that usually requires about 24 hours between coat times.  This means the entire painting process will take several days so alot your time accordingly.  If you live in New Jersey and plan of painting your cabinets during the summer, it’s going to cut into your beach time.

What Type of Cabinets can be painted?

Wood cabinets made of solid wood and those made of plywood with a veneer on top. The surface needs to be able to be sanded.   If your cabinets have a vinyl veneer or a wall paper like surface, you won’t be able to do this and the paint will not stick.

Getting Started

Follow the steps below:

  • Remove the doors and drawers and all the hardware attached to them.
  • Wash each surface to be painted with TSP or a heavy duty cleaner (Spic and Span or Simple Green) to remove any dirt and grease.  Grease from cooking must be cleaned off or sanding the cabinet will be a mess.  Your sand paper will continually get gummed up.
  • Sand all areas with 100 grit (medium) sandpaper.  Don’t totally remove the old finish unless it is peeling.  If it is, blend it in to the surrounding areas.  All the surfaces must be dulled in order for paint to adhere to the surface.  Be careful on the corners.  It’s easy to round off square edges when using a medium grit paper.
  • Clean up the residue dust with a shop vac or other vacuum.
  • Use a tack cloth and run it over your sanded cabinets to pick up any residue that the vac didn’t get.
  • Apply a primer coat.

Make sure you sand the cabinets between each coat of paint applied (starting with the primer) with a light grit 220 sandpaper.  Focus on the imperfections in the paint such as dust or paint lines.

Type of Painting

Many folks will at least entertain the thought of “do you think I can use spray paint”.  That’s the first thing that comes to mind with most people simply because it is the easiest with little clean up.  Sorry guys, but the good old brush method will work best.  Painting with a brush allows you to get in corners and regulate the amount of paint applied with much better control than a spraying can.  Make sure the brush you are going to use is of high quality.  Oil based paint is what we suggest to use.  A good brush will spread the paint evenly.

Type of Paint to Use

Your first coat will be a primer and should be an oil based enamel paint.  The second coat is called a “split coat”.  The term “split coat” is titled as such because you will be cutting the paint with a 50/50 mixture of the primer and the final finish you plan on using.  The third coat is the finish color.  Use an oil-based enamel as it will have a glossy finish that will allow you to clean the cabinets.  Remember, patience, diligence, and care will provide you the best results.

Popular Kitchen Designs

Beautiful Country Kitchen Photo

Country Kitchen

Whenever you are entertaining a group of people at your house, the kitchen seems to be the most popular gathering spot.  This seems to be true at any party or holiday you attend or host.  It makes no difference if you live in Atlanta, Silicon Valley, or Phoenix, the magnetic attraction to “hang out” in the kitchen can’t be explained.  It just happens!

When designing you kitchen, there are no steadfast rules to follow.   It’s a blank canvass to work with. The kitchen is a room where you can let your artistic desires and personal tastes flow freely.  You don’t necessarily need a professional kitchen designer in Silicon Valley to make a splash.  Whoever installs your kitchen will have some great ideas and will also steer you away from ideas that aren’t trending.  It’s their jobs to install so they see all kinds.  Often they are surprised with the outcome and will steer people the way they like.   Use their experience to help guide you. Continue reading

How to Increase my Home’s Value

Deck

Deck

Obtaining a property appraisal is an important step in purchasing or selling a home. Getting an inaccurate appraisal can mean the house sits on the market for a lot longer.  And the property appraisal definitely influences whether or not you can get a mortgage approved. An appraiser will give a home value based on other comparable houses, plumbing, electrical fixtures, curb appeal and the overall condition of the property. There are some home remodeling projects that can help increase the value of your home. It is important to know what types of improvements will actually increase the value of the home. Continue reading

Commercial Remodeling Versus Residential Remodeling

Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodeling

There are many similarities between residential and commercial remodeling projects. They both can be performed to improve the looks of the structure, or make the building more energy efficient. Some of the same types of tasks can be completed in both types of projects such as painting, replacing flooring, installing plumbing fixtures or bathroom remodeling. But there are also some key differences between commercial remodeling and residential remodeling. Continue reading

Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling

There is no doubt that the kitchen is the busiest room in the house. Since it is an integral part of our family lives, it is important to keep it up to date and functioning properly, which means that periodically kitchen remodeling is in order. There can be many reasons behind taking on this type of home remodeling project. Perhaps the area just needs to be updated, storage capacity increased or simply reorganized to make preparing food a simpler process. No matter what the reason behind the kitchen remodeling project, there can be many benefits to completing it. Here are just a few of the benefits. Continue reading

Lighting for a Modern Kitchen

There are a few ways to brighten up your kitchen, and changing the kitchen lighting is only one of them. Contemporary lighting styles have changed much in recent years along with more modern kitchen design. There are many alternatives to use when remodeling kitchen lighting. Recessed spotlights can be added to help illuminate key work areas. Adding lighting over key kitchen features like a sink or a work island can help lighten up the kitchen. Changing the lighting is a great option, but don’t over look a couple of other choices when considering home remodeling.

When redecorating the kitchen painting the walls a bright, but neutral color can brighten up the entire space. Choose a solid taupe, white or other pale tones which will help the room seem much brighter. Use bold and warm colors to accent.

Changing the kitchen countertop by selecting one that will reflect light will help lighten the kitchen. One of the newest choices in modern kitchen design is stainless steel. Not only is it easy to clean and maintain as a countertop, but it will tend to reflect light upwards which will make the kitchen area much brighter. Another choice in countertops is granite. It has a type of glossy shine that will give the same effect. These types of features will add to the quality of your kitchen as well as increase the overall value of the home.

Another way to brighten up the kitchen is by changing the kitchen cabinets. White is one of the more popular colors in modern kitchen design. It works well to use on the cabinet doors. It will improve the light in the area. Taupe, or other neutral colors, on the wall will cause white cabinets to stand out. Using bright and bold colors for fixtures and fittings can be used to add contrast.

If it is possible adding even a small window can lighten the area as well. It can be over the sink or near the door but it can let some natural light in the room. A skylight can be added if a wall window is out of the question. This can save space and add some ventilation.

Best Color for a Modern Kitchen

One of the most important considerations in modern kitchen design is the blend of colors. The desire is always to make people feel welcomed and relaxed. Using fast food colors will give guests and family the sense that they need to eat and run. Developing a warm color theme, however, will achieve the opposite effect. Kitchen guests will feel comfortable and want to drink another cup of coffee, relax and visit awhile. The perfect color combination will use a balanced blend of traditional hues and a splash of modern colors.

When choosing the best colors for kitchen space there are factors to consider rather than just the cook’s favorite blends. Kitchen lighting and flooring must be considered to achieve the desired effects. These are some things that may need to be discussed with contractors so that great colors do not disappear into dark flooring and vice versa.

As a general rule kitchen appliances tend to be silver, white or black. This allows for the use of bright colors on walls, flooring or countertops. Usually, there is not a lot of wall space that will need painting, so it may be the perfect place to add that big splash of bolder colors so that it won’t end up being so intense that it overpowers the rest of the room.
Bolder colors on the walls can be very complementary of dark cabinets. Rich colors like copper, ginger and even gold tones can be a winning combination.

Modern kitchen design typically uses a three color combination to achieve the desired effect. One color, such as the bold choice, may be used on the wall. The secondary color may be an accent used in the design of kitchen flooring. And the third color will simply be an accent. This accent may be one of the most modern colors that were not used traditionally in kitchen designs. For example, throw in a nice cool pink as an accent when using a conventional rustic décor. It may add just the right touch.

Discuss options with interior designers and don’t be afraid to experiment with some unique color combinations.

When to Remodel Your Kitchen

When considering home remodeling, perhaps one of the most difficult things to know is when to remodel the kitchen. It’s easy to see all the cosmetic reasons to hire a contractor. But there can be some other reasons that one might consider a total redo.

If you keep finding that you just don’t have the workspace for common projects, then it may be time for a more modern kitchen design that will maximize space. It may just take a repositioning of an appliance or two to give enough added countertop and cabinet space to be beneficial. The shape of the counter or counter tops may need to be redesigned to offer more available work space.

For those who enjoy entertaining guests or have more than one residential chef, there may need to be an increase of space in the main work areas of the kitchen. This allows for some socialization while preparing and consuming a meal. More hands make the load lighter too, and cooking can become a family affair if there is enough space for more than one in the kitchen.

There are plenty of options to explore if you want to redesign the kitchen area if entertainment is part of your routine. A kitchen redo can be combined with other types of home remodeling. Taking out a partition can serve two purposes. It can open up space between the kitchen area and another room. Depending on floor designs it may also be possible to create a half wall which can also double as a small counter top for actions such as additional serving space.

Kitchen lighting can be an ongoing problem that may be solved with a cabinet redesign. Adding a light fixture may be all that is needed. But if kitchen space is being increased and work areas maximized you may want to consider a total makeover of the kitchen lighting system as well. Adding a fixture over the sink or island work area can make a lot of difference in how enjoyable cooking can be.
These are just a sample of the reasons that may be indicators that it is time for a kitchen redo.

Kitchen Remodeling On A Budget

The Kitchen is the heart of every home. Often the scene of breakfast chats and late night mingling with cocoa, it is in the kitchen where the family is gathered the most. It is not only the place where the food is prepared that nurtures the body but it is also the place where talks are held that nurtures the soul. If you feel as though your kitchen is overdue for a “facelift”, read on to get some inexpensive tips and remodeling ideas.

DIY, or Do It Yourself, is the first way to minimize costs. While you may not be able to do everything you should try to make as many changes as you can without hiring a professional, you’d be surprised at how much you know. Adding new doors and handles to cabinets will change the feel of the entire room. This is a pretty simple job that doesn’t require much knowledge or skill in carpentry. The biggest thing you will have to make sure of is that you measure the old doors correctly to make sure the replacements fit properly.

Backsplashes adds new depth and texture to the space. Update the old one or add one if none exist. The sky is the creative limit with this. You can use colored tiles or use other materials like steel or aluminum sheets. Repaint and match the tiles or use different tiles to make a fun design. It is always nice to see a backsplash that is not of one solid color which adds interest and a focal point to the space. Patterned tiles are a bit more expensive but they are a lot more interesting, a great option if you don’t have the time or desire to be creative. You will need to choose colors and patterns that will be best displayed by the lighting available in your kitchen. Lighting can play an integral part in the overall appeal of the kitchen. This may be another thing to think about replacing. You can buy new fixtures to accent and highlight the new look or install track lights over the backsplash to show it off better.

Counter tops can be a way for you to add a fresh bold look to your dated kitchen. Granite counter tops can be purchased and installed fairly cheaply. Do your research, compare prices and installation fees. Don’t be afraid to let people know what prices you’ve been getting they might price match or someone might be hiding some “unexpected” fees. The end result is always a beautiful more thoroughly modern looking space. Which brings us to the “triangle”; most kitchens are laid out in a pattern that flows similar to a triangle. There are some features that can only be accommodated by certain kitchen designs. You can ask your sales professional for more ideas based on your knowledge of your kitchen layout. Here are the four types of layouts of the kitchen that will help you talk knowledgably with salespeople:
– The Galley style: Makes use of dual walls to make going from workstation to workstation a lot easier.

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design


– The one wall straight-line: This design generally has the sink in the middle of the station flow. Going from left to right it roughly goes in the order of refrigerator, counter top, stove, and sink counter top.

– The L- shape: Part of an open flow design it tends to blend the kitchen into the other sections of the home.

– The U-shape: By far the most versatile because it has more counter space. It usually wraps itself around as an entire room unto itself and features an island workstation.

Contemporary kitchens

Contemporary kitchens

Making an old kitchen fresh and new without having to totally demolish it can be done and it’s not so bad. Take it slow and do a little bit at a time; it will make it less stressful to you and easier on your bank account just keep on it. You may have to be a little handy with a few tools and you may even need to learn some new ones, but most of the work can be done even by a novice.

This was a guest post written by Rick Valence

Rick Valence has a vast array of writing interests that include fiction, non-fiction and how-to guides. He considers himself a bit of a wine aficionado and enjoys spending his vacations in the beautiful California Wine Country discovering great new wines and food pairings. Rick works Monday through Friday as a digital camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. He is also the webmaster of his company’s camera repair blog.