Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – A Practical Approach

kitchen4Today kitchens are more than just a place to prepare the food; in fact, kitchens have become a gathering place where family members spend quality time with one another while sharing a delicious meal and catching up on the events of each day. Thus, remodeling the central gathering room where the family members spend much of their time is of great importance. No wonder that kitchen remodeling is known to be one of the most important factors in increasing home value.

There are many ideas and options when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. There are renovations that are costly and there are renovations that are simple and inexpensive. As detailed in my previous post, Inexpensive Kitchen Remodel Ideas, you don’t have to win the lottery to afford kitchen renovation. There are simple remodeling tasks that greatly enhance the image of your kitchen. If you need to learn about inexpensive kitchen renovation, click the link above to read that post.

Purpose of Kitchen Remodeling
There are mainly three reasons why homeowners look to remodel their kitchen. The first reason could be to increase their home value; the second reason may be to add extra space and cabinetry. The third reason may be to update, modernize and beautify the overall image of kitchen. In order to better prepare yourself for your kitchen remodeling, determine what you are trying to achieve by remodeling your kitchen.

Where to Find Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Before you begin remodeling, you need to know what to renovate. There are few places where you can get kitchen remodeling ideas from. The first is to visit new homes in your area to see what builders have done. By visiting these homes, you can learn about popular trends in your area as well as the type of material used. Another source is kitchen remodeling magazines as well as free online resources. Finally, you can visit your local home improvement stores to see kitchen designs on display or visit their show rooms.

Popular Kitchen Remodeling ideas
Renovation and remodeling does not necessarily mean knocking down walls and ripping out floors. Some simple renovations can have a major impact on the final look of your kitchen. As stated earlier we will start with simple renovations first.

Simple Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
1) New appliances – If your current kitchen are old looking, you can greatly enhance the look of your kitchen by installing new stainless steel or other trendy appliances.

2) Door knobs and handles – cabinet door knobs are very inexpensive, easy to install and they make your kitchen look modern and beautiful

3) Reface Cabinets- You can save money and time by re-facing (replacing) your cabinet doors and then stain the space between the cabinets. Be sure to choose a color that is fashionable and goes well with your kitchen.

4) Install new Laminate Countertop- Laminate countertops are easy to install and are quite inexpensive. You can buy a 10’ countertop for only 50-60$ and you can have your local store cut the countertop so that you fit the sink though it.

5) Faucets – Faucets are simple to install and they bring lots of charm and elegance to your kitchen.

6) Painting – Once all is done, you should give your kitchen a fresh code of paint to truly bring your dream kitchen into life.

7) Replacing old electrical outlets on the wall with new trendy electrical outlets

Major Kitchen Remodeling ideas
1) Installing backsplash and back wall – In order to modernize your bathroom you need a stylish backsplash and back wall that goes well with your countertop and your cabinetry.

2) Install Pot-lights – lighting is one of the most important factors that enhances the look of any room. Kitchen is no exception and pot-lights are quite stylish and inexpensive to install. Be sure to hire a professional electrician to run the wires.

3) Add Kitchen Islands – if you have the space in your kitchen and are looking to increase your storage and cabinetry, you could then install a kitchen island. Kitchen islands are stylish and they add extra space which is very practical and make working in the kitchen a pleasure.

4) Flooring – Flooring is one of the more challenging aspects of kitchen remodeling. However, tastefully chosen ceramic tiles bring much elegance to your kitchen.

5) Installing Granite Countertop- Granite, and stone surface are the most stylish as well as the most expensive kitchen remodeling tasks. If you decide to install granite instead of laminte or be sure to hire the assistance of professional kitchen contractors.

6) You may also choose to replace all your kitchen cabinetry with brand new cabinets. Even though this task may not be as complicated as installing granite countertop, it does take lots of effort and time to rip out the old cabinetry and assemble and install the new cabinets.



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20 Responses to “Kitchen Remodeling Ideas – A Practical Approach”

  1. Laban Paul on July 29th, 2009 12:32 am

    The kitchen has always been an important place of activity at our houses. People have started giving importance to sophisticated kitchen appliances which have become the basic need of modern kitchens. They like to include these cooking appliances to make their cooking easier and efficient. The latest ones include dishwashers; microwave, electric stoves, and etc.ovens have started offering more than just the basic functions. These microwave ovens can cook your food at the required temperature at minimum time, thus saving your valuable cooking time.

  2. Joseph on July 29th, 2009 7:55 am

    You have started a very interesting discussion on kitchen design. I’m a cabinetmaker who really does not want to make kitchens for a living, because the most of what is done in the US is just boxes with a “choice of doors and drawer fronts,” the most of which are made in a factory somewhere. Boring. I want to do something else if I can, but what?

    European design just absolutely blows my mind, and I find myself reading quite a bit on it, even though these are often modular kitchens that one would simply send away for and have installed by a local craftsman. But what fascinates me is the utter innovation of those designs, so I find myself returning to them quite a bit.

    I am also looking to design a kitchen for my wife in a too small space in a tract home, which necessarily lets out those wonderful European designs that excite me so. And whenever I find myself going out on a limb with some idea or another for our kitchen, my wife always grounds me by saying, “If you stick with the classics, you won’t grow tired of them.”

    So, what do you do that is different and yet timeless and practical and stimulating to make if you’re a cabinetmaker? Damned if I know, but if I ever figure it out, I mean to make it for us and splash that baby all over the Internet!

    What you’ve written, though, has given me quite a bit to think about, and I thank you for sharing your concepts.

  3. Steve on July 29th, 2009 9:43 am

    These are all great tips. Thanks!I just finished up doing my kitchen and the thing I like best is the new back splash we put in and the cooking hood. They both look awesome. We completely ripped up our kitchen and started from scratch. Everything from new appliance to electrical outlets. Speaking of those we got fire-prevention outlets. We thought it was a good idea to have in kitchen. Also we put hard wood now. It looks amazing.

    (bsafeelectrix.com) for the outlets if your interested.

  4. Freezer Gaskets on July 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    These are some great tips to use, thanks for the information. Sometimes remodeling a kitchen will not only improve the value of your home, but create a great place for the family to interact and spend more time together. I think if the entire family gets involved in the remodel or renovation it will also help with family attitude and relations, so this event serves many purposes.

  5. Cabinet door knobs on August 3rd, 2009 7:35 am

    The kitchen has always been an important place of activity at our houses. People have started giving importance to sophisticated kitchen appliances which have become the basic need of modern kitchens. They like to include these cooking appliances to make their cooking easier and efficient.Everything from new appliance to electrical outlets. Speaking of those we got fire-prevention outlets. We thought it was a good idea to have in kitchen. Also we put hard wood now. It looks amazing.

    Regalhomesource.com offers a wide variety of cabinet door knobs and handles made by many brand named manufacturers such as Century Hardware, Cliffside Industries, Cool Lines USA, and Siro Designs.

  6. Braddy Clash on August 4th, 2009 12:09 am

    Hey..Great tips..
    I really enjoyed reading this as I am also looking to remodel my kitchen..I do feel that sometime changing the look of you kitchen or home makes you feel fresh and gives you a positive energy…

  7. Robert on August 7th, 2009 2:36 pm

    I agree, Braddy. It’s like a breathe of fresh air and everytime you walk in the room there is something new to look at. It can also improve your mood as seeing different things makes you think different and can also be great for coming up with new ideas!

  8. Kitchen Designs on August 10th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Great post…Indeed Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular remodeling choices as the kitchen is an area of the home which is used day in and day out. In addition, remodeling a kitchen will increase your home’s resale value as well.

  9. Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling on August 11th, 2009 8:47 pm

    Renovation and remodeling does not necessarily mean knocking down walls and ripping out floors. Some simple renovations can have a major impact on the final look of your kitchen. As stated earlier we will start with simple renovations first.

  10. John Anderson on September 2nd, 2009 7:23 am

    @Joseph

    I can relate with your feelings regarding the industry. Try researching on making kitchen pieces from reclaimed wood. Old wood pieces can be bought cheap while still being of high quality. The end product has a classic/historic feel to it but I think you can have fun and make something unique from it.

    Cheers!

  11. belly ring on February 9th, 2010 6:58 pm

    great post, thanks. What do you think about laminate vs stone countertops besides the price difference?

  12. dutch on February 9th, 2010 7:01 pm

    thanks for the article. I didn’t know cabinet refacing was relatively easy to do. Will have to check that out…

  13. Samuel on April 15th, 2010 5:05 pm

    I prefer kitchens that are close to the gathering room that are open and spacious.

  14. materialstito on May 6th, 2010 1:49 am

    Yes, is true, today’s kitchens seems more a living room than a place to only cook.

  15. Kenny Smith on May 13th, 2010 8:51 am

    I’m going to renovate the kitchen soon so I thought of my search for information about kitchen remodeling, costs and remodeling companies to compare between. This article gives me access to a Targeted quality information about remodeling. Thanks, I hope you continue to publish articles like this, I will continue to visit here from time to time

  16. Charlotte Remodeling Contractor on May 16th, 2010 3:59 pm

    I’m a little late to the party here, but you can also find some really good ideas for your kitchen remodel by simply using Google image search or simply find a local remodeler’s website and look through their online portfolio.

    You can find some great ideas and current trends this way.

  17. backsplash on May 20th, 2010 8:39 am

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. Kitchen remodeling will increase the design, function, resale value of a home and provide you with a more effective cooking space.

  18. Online Shopping Guide on May 26th, 2010 1:25 am

    I really enjoyed reading this as I am also looking to remodel my kitchen..I do feel that sometime changing the look of you kitchen or home makes you feel fresh and gives you a positive energy…

  19. Ryan on July 5th, 2010 8:04 am

    One Thing the you should not over look when doing kitchen remodel is your contractor. This can make or break your dream kitchen. Find one that is reputable and does everything in righting. Also look at some of the jobs they have done in the past to check out their quality.

  20. Kelly on August 4th, 2010 9:21 pm

    It’s where you spend most of your time, so why not have it look the way you want it to… it’s an investment. And, kitchens and bathrooms do sell houses. In fact, those two features are the reason we live where we live. It’s little things like counters and backsplashes and tiles that make such a huge difference.