Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

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Use Strategy to Plan a Kitchen Makeover

The best return on investment home improvement you can make is a kitchen upgrade. However, is that the goal? Are you selling your home within the next ten years? Asking yourself questions like this is a critical first step in planning a kitchen remodel. Are you doing it to increase the value of your home? How long do you intend to stay in your home? Excellent first questions, then proceeding to other basics, such as environment. Do you live in an area where you have a lot of snow for much of the year?  How do you heat and cool your kitchen space? The answers to these questions will help you choose materials, layout, entrances, traffic flow, surfaces and appliance choices. If you intend to stay in your home for years ahead, have three kids and another on the way, your choices will likely be different those of the person flipping a house.

Quality of Living or Profitability?

Smart home improvement choices mean you get the most value for your money and time. To a family, having a smoothly working, intelligently designed kitchen means a higher quality of life; valuable, difficult to put a price on. A house flipper wants something suited to everyone in order to get the highest price on resale. What holds true for all situations are quality design and construction. Without these basics, even the  most well intentioned remodel will likely disappoint, either in profitability or function. The smart solution is always to ensure quality by considering the foundations first; literally, the foundation of the room. Add to that plumbing, electrical, placement of doors, windows and work areas, heating and cooling. If these basic elements are not working at a high level, then no real improvement has been made, and problems will quickly arise. Analyze how you live, cook and use the room you are improving. With all these things in mind, you are ready to begin planning your kitchen makeover.

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