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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovations

Remodeling and renovating your kitchen is very exciting. Creating your dream kitchen to cherish and share with your friends is one of the great pleasures in life. Your home is your sanctuary and reflects who you are and what is important to you. Walking into your home to a remodeled kitchen is a delight.
The first step in kitchen renovation is to have a general idea of what you want to do and what you want out of your kitchen. When you have lived in your kitchen you will know what you do and do not like about your kitchen. Does the location of your refrigerator bother you? Do you like your stove? Do you have enough cabinet space? All of these questions need to be pondered. What do you want in your dream kitchen? How do you want your kitchen to function? Do you need to open it up to your living area to have more of a flow for entertaining and everyday living? Do you need to create more space for cabinets? Is it set up in a functional way for cooking? Do you love wine and want to incorporate a wine cooler? Do you need a double oven for cooking for holidays and entertaining?
You want to have a clear idea of what you want so when you go to your kitchen designer you wont waste time drawing up models of the kitchen. You may ask how to find a good designer? Ask your circle of contacts if they have hired or know of a good designer. Realize that what will make a good designer for you will be that you adore their work. Your friends and family may recommend a good designer but if you love traditional and the designer is hot on contemporary he or she is not the designer for you.
Your designer can do as little as draw a design of your kitchen with kitchen cabinets or can go all the way with you to covering all the minute details necessary for a kitchen remodel. When you are looking for a designer what are the signs you want to watch out for is if the designer will limit you to purchasing any cabinets or accessories from their suppliers. Do not limit yourself, even if you end up buying from your designers recommended source you want to have the option of going to a variety of cabinet suppliers.
When you meet with a designer have your list of what you want in your kitchen along with pictures from magazines or websites. Give the designer as much detail as possible about your likes and dislikes. It goes without saying to look at past projects the designer has done, if the style of the designer is not to your liking it is time to move on and find one whose designs you do like. Don’t expect the designer to be different on your job than they are on other projects.
Another key to a good designer is whether or not they will adhere to your budget. Ideally if you have no monetary concerns the sky is the limit. However if you are like many individuals, even if you have unlimited cash flow, you normally have a budget in mind that you want to spend on your kitchen remodel. If your designer keeps pushing you to spend money you would rather not spend this is not a good sign.
Renovating your kitchen can be rewarding and exciting. A good kitchen design is timeless and will bring you years of fulfillment and happy memories. Look for plenty of photos on kitchen remodeling and renovation projects to inspire you and give you the ideas you can use when you design your dream kitchen.…

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Kitchen Renovation

Current Trends In Kitchen Renovations

Have you recently made the decision to undergo a kitchen renovation? Before you get started, you might be wondering what some of the current trends in kitchen design are so that you can make sure your renovation incorporates some of these up-to-the-minute ideas.
Minimalism
Many kitchen renovations are now centered around the minimalist idea that less is more. This has led to an increase in bench tops that are long and straight and cupboard doors that are flush to the wall. Gloss finishes and open shelving is also very popular in completing a minimalist look in your kitchen renovation.
Eco-Friendly
As we are becoming more inclined to opt for environmentally friendly fixtures in our homes, an increase in eco-friendly kitchen renovations had to occur. There has been a rise in the purchase and manufacture of kitchen cabinets that emit low levels of volatile organic compounds, lowering air pollution, and in the installation of LED lights, which are high energy savers. The ‘natural’ look of wooden floors and stone countertops is also popular in new kitchen renovations, both options that are environmentally sustainable.
Safety
These days there are more children in the kitchen, helping mum and dad cook or just making themselves some lunch. Because of this, parents are looking for new safe kitchen renovation designs to minimise the risk of injury. Lockouts, a popular renovators choice, are designed to prevent stove burners from accidentally being turned on. There are also mechanisms that you can install during your renovation that will stop drawers and kitchen cupboards from slamming shut, just in case fingers are still in the way.
Hidden Appliances
Gone are the days when families wanted to show off their brand new microwave or dishwasher. These days, people are using their kitchen renovation to create clever ways of hiding their appliances. Fridges have become shallower, so that they don’t protrude past the cabinets, and drawer fridges and freezers are also very popular. It is also becoming more common to find renovated homes that have made the exteriors of their appliances match the rest of cabinetry, making them all blend in.
High Tech
People have a desire to turn their kitchen into another living area of their homes, so take a renovation as the perfect opportunity to do so. Televisions are a very popular appliance to find in the kitchen these days, so much so that manufacturers have found ways to incorporate them into other appliances, like fridges and even the ventilation hood for the stove, that we do need to install during a renovation.
So, whether you want to use all of the latest kitchen renovation trends or just some of the ones mentioned above, your kitchen is bound to be an enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing place to be.…