How to Improve Your Kitchen with these 7 Easy Remodeling Tips
The kitchen is the heart and soul of any household. It is the place to be after a long weary day. This is the place family members gather to fill up as they catch up on what’s been happening in their lives. It is the unseen cord that ties the entire family together, but only when it is comfortable, warm and inviting. After all this is where most of the cooking and eating takes place.
A disorganized and cluttered kitchen is simply depressing. That is why when people acquire new homes the first room they always want to change is the kitchen. Making the kitchen functional is an important necessity, but transforming it into a warm, inviting place should be your top priority. Who wants a kitchen with wonky cabinets, peeling countertops, chipped tiles and aging walls that crumble plaster into your cooking at every turn?
There is very little you can do to alter the layout but a lot you can do to make it attractive. This does not have to be so pricey. Here are easy kitchen remodeling tips.
- If the kitchen floor has ugly, pink bathroom tiles, you should replace this with gentle, pastel colours. Don’t worry about hiring well established contractors (they are most preferable if you can afford them – they are known to charge over the roof) because your local handyman will help you here.
- Get a carpenter to fix your cabinets by fitting them with new drawers and door hinges then have them repainted. White works well, but this will depend on the colour scheme you have in mind.
- Turn your attention to your countertops next. Laminate varieties are most ideal for this purpose since they look like bricks. It is possible to get an integrated sink and add new faucets even on a laminate countertop.
- A kitchen is only as good as the appliances it is equipped with. You should replace the oven and the dishwasher, and add a refrigerator and a microwave.
- Have the crumbling walls re-plastered and repainted. Again, use the local handyman who is likely to be a plumber (yes, the new fixtures and fitting have to be done well), a painter and mason all rolled into one.
- As part of your remodeling efforts, invest on research and smart shopping in order to avoid spending a lot. Put in your own little sweat, and don’t forget to keep the general contractor at arm’s length.
- If you can help it, retain most of the existing appliances and buy materials that look high-end-ish without being pricey. Think local by personally assembling your crew from the cheapest part of town. The guys there are not sloppy as you wrongly assume, but they simply understand how to play their cards – better to have jobs rolling in daily than wait decades to do an expensive job is their maxim.
Remember your kitchen is a vital part of your home that requires special attention. Do not just jump into a remodeling project without first assessing the situation and coming up with a proper budget. Search for ideas online and play with different plans before settling on one, or a combination of different ideas. Do not start what you cannot finish because this will leave your kitchen uglier than it was. Better not start at all than starting and living the project half done.