Easy Tips and Tricks How to Renovate Your Kitchen


If you want to make your home more desirable these days, a new kitchen with all it’s shine and glory will make it be way more awesome… (well, ok, a good city, neighbourhoods and better schools are more important). Almost all new home owners look for a home with an already made, more modern kitchen or they plan to remodel their kitchen during their time living in that home – hence this guide, how to renovate your kitchen with a few easy steps.

The process of renovating your kitchen can be difficult, but if done correctly, it is very well rewarding in both joy and ROI (or with other words, how it feels to spend time in a new place). You can avoid some of the frustrating and difficult problems, but it’s almost inevitable that you will probably feel defeated and upset at some point of your remodelling project – it’s just a fact.


Here is the list of my tips and advice you can follow while you make those changes to your kitchen:


Avoiding to add square feet to the kitchen can be easily done by expanding. Changing the building overall, removing walls, extending the rooms and so on, can be quite costly and it will take a lot of time (foundation work, permits, framing, and then probably the need to use after builders cleaning services from Fantastic Cleaners Morden). Alternatively, you can use an adjacent closet, sun room, hallway etc. Big, open, kitchens are currently the king, but that may not always be true (especially when you go and sell in twenty years). And after all, who needs a huge kitchen to cook awesome food and you’ll avoid being a slave to your general contractor for 6-12 months.

High end appliances don’t always perform better. It’s a fact that a super expensive Viking stove will not boil water faster than a cheaper Amana stove, however an industrial will often give you additional burners, beefier construction, and the looks most folks desire in a high end kitchen renovation.

Splurge on cabinets and flooring. If there are two elements of your kitchen that will tae the most abuse it’s your floor and cabinets. Opt for solid wood cabinet faces and full plywood box construction. Also, look for drawers that have dovetail joinery and bulky mechanical slides. I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter who the cabinet company is, but very important if they incorporate the above construction and design items into their product. On the flooring side, avoid hardwood floors (it just doesn’t make sense in a room that will see tons of foot traffic, spills of all sorts, water, etc.) Instead opt for a porcelain tile or possibly a natural stone surface. Hardwood floors are nice to stand on because they give a little and help with back pain, but it’s no substitute for the resilience of a solid, and indestructible, tile surface.

Gut it! Just like I advocate in my five tips on bathroom renovations, it’s best if you gut your existing kitchen so that you can re-wire, re-plumb, level the floor, look for potential problems, etc.

Do it yourself within reason. Professionals cost money and general contractors cost even more. I would stay away from hiring a general contractor and opt for a 50/50 job where you outsource to professionals for technical tasks and in-source for not so hard jobs like demolition, painting, etc.

Do your research and compare prices when it comes to cabinet makers, appliances, faucet, cabinet hardware, etc. That is to say, make sure you visit 3-4 appliances shops and cabinet designers and get plently of estimates on your stove, fridge, dish washer etc. You can often receive a discount if you purchase all of your appliances from one shop. On the research side make sure to read plenty of user reviews, read reliability ratings, and check out the manufacturer warranty specs.


Stone surfaces are nice, but require upkeep. Formica counter tops are great, but don’t tell anyone, it’s our secret! They are easy to cheap and clean, but unfortunately it gives a new kitchen a cheap kind of feel. In turn, most high end kitchen renovations include a stone counter top surface. Generally, granite is the best choice in terms of durability, price, and upkeep time. Marble and soap stone require constant maintenance and can chip very easily (marble also yellows over time and it’s not pretty after a few years).

It helps if your basement is not finished when it comes to renovating a kitchen – let me explain. When you re-wire, re-plumb, add a new gas line, etc. you’ll need to access to your electrical panel, water system, main gas line, etc. and, you guessed it, all this stuff is locate in basement (specifically the basement ceiling area). So, if you’re basement is finished you or your pro is going to have a hell of a time running electrical wire, new copper pipes, etc.

Don’t overlook ventilating your kitchen. Whether you opt for an industrial-like stove or go with a traditional 4 burner model, you should overcompensate when it comes to an exhaust system (especially if you do any sort of consistent or serious cooking).



May 15, 2013 | Author: | Posted in Home Improvement, House Design, House Style


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