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Renovating your kitchen? Here’s some advice to consider (PHOTOS)

A common room to remodel in the home is the kitchen, and homeowners are putting a lot of time and energy into a kitchen renovation to make it perfect. That being said, undergoing a full kitchen remodel can be daunting. You may not even know where to begin. The following kitchen remodeling tips can help you make the right remodeling decisions for your home.

Be practical

When you are remodeling your kitchen, you need to be practical. You’ll want to have surfaces and spaces that make sense. This means making sure you put appliances that are regularly used together and in a space that makes sense. It also means making your tools accessible.

Build the space and utilize it

Make sure there is enough space to freely move in your kitchen. If you have a small space, learn to live with less and resist the urge to over clutter countertops or cabinets. Remember to really determine what you are going to use and make sure it’s only these items you’ll put on display. After all, you need room to cook and eat, right?

Your cabinets should be properly organized to keep your belongings in order

Your cabinets should be properly organized to keep your belongings in order

Utilize the space well

Instead of just putting in normal cabinets within corners, consider cabinets that are easier to use and maximize functionality. There are many shelving options and special storage solutions that are now made for corners to keep your items easily accessible. Just ask an experienced kitchen renovations expert for advice!

Be creative with corner cabinets to maximize your kitchen space.

Be creative with corner cabinets to maximize your kitchen space.

Know your budget (and stay within it)

If you don’t know your budget and don’t take the time to properly develop a budget, you’ll likely end up spending more money than you wanted to (or expected to!) in the first place. Before you begin your project – and interviewing kitchen renovation experts, establish a budget and be sure to stick to it.

Choose your sink wisely

Use tools at your disposal to make an informed and educated decision! Check out this sink buying guide so that you can pick from the different types of sinks that are available. You’ll want to check out the materials, size and styles of sink that you are looking for. Buy what you need.

Don't settle on a sink. Instead, spend the money and pick something you'll love for a long time.

Don’t settle on a sink. Instead, spend the money and pick something you’ll love for a long time.

Consider alternative materials

When you’re renovating your kitchen, you want nothing but the best, right? Choosing granite countertops and other common high-end materials quickly add up. Look into the options you ca afford. If you’re trying to recreate your dream kitchen on a lower budget, consider painting the cabinetry yourself, or using stick-on tiles for backsplash. That way, you can use the money you save on less high-end materials for the high-end pieces you desire and can’t live without.

Plus, any of these renovation tricks will look beautiful!

Be unique!

Many people do not realize what a difference high quality handles and drawer pulls will make. Look at different options that are available and consider updating what you have on your existing cabinets.

Sometimes, less is more doesn’t work

If you’re constantly preparing large family meals – or if you have a large family! – you might need double the equipment, space, etc. A cleverly placed mini fridge for beverages is a great addition that won’t take up too much space, but give you that extra moving room and storage you can use.

Decorate with utensils

Instead of purchasing décor for your kitchen, try hanging your utensils or pots and pans. This can get them out of the cabinets, make for clever décor, and not cost you a thing!

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Choose your most important feature first

Buying new appliances? Obsessed with a certain type of cabinet or countertop? Maybe you want a special tile. Pick your most wanted feature first. Doing this enable you to splurge on what you really want, while finding ways to save money on the rest of the remodel!

Here’s what else you should keep in mind – straight from homeowners who have already done it:

Judging by the amount of advice we have to offer, you’re probably feeling even more overwhelmed than when you first thought about undergoing a kitchen renovation! But don’t worry – you can do this! Speak to a qualified and experienced kitchen renovator. Use our directory to find a professional by reading customer reviews, watching videos and scrolling through image galleries!

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