Tips for Do It Yourself Kitchen Remodels

The cost of a kitchen remodel is staggering, which leads many homeowners to consider doing part or all of the kitchen remodel on their own. While this may seem like a good way to get more bang for your buck, it does take a lot of hard work, time and you'll put a great deal of sweat equity into your home. Plus, you'll find yourself looking at interior design in a whole new light as you possibly struggle to find the right combinations of colors, items, and decorating ideas to create the kitchen of your dreams.
If you're planning to stick with your current layout for various reasons, then you can skip this step. However, if you're planning a serious full blown remodel, you'll want to look at layouts of different kitchen designs to give yourself an idea of how you'd like your space to be laid out. However, don't forget to take into account your own needs. Stop and look at what bothers you most about your current kitchen layout. Then, incorporate changes that reflect these issues, so that your kitchen design ideas are functional to your needs.
Cabinet Refacing
If you're sticking with your current kitchen layout, you may be considering cabinet refacing. Since you're saving money by not replacing the cabinets, you may want to hire a professional to refinish your cabinets and give them a whole new look. This is great for creating kitchen designs that appear fresh and new, despite retaining the 'old' cabinets.
Those fantastic kitchen designs you see in the magazine all have one thing in common: they all have proper, adequate lighting. So, don't forget to incorporate lighting into your kitchen design ideas. Otherwise, your dream kitchen might not look as dreamy as it did in your head, literally!
Measure Twice
When measuring for items in your home, whether it be a new refrigerator or new cabinets, always measure twice. Otherwise you'll be kicking yourself when you find that your new refrigerator is two inches too big. While you're thinking about it, don't forget to measure the doors so that you know you can get these larger items into place!
Avoid Trends
Sure, you may love all of those flashy new kitchen designs you see in the magazines, but keep in mind that trends are exactly that: trends, fads that don't always last! Try to choose finishes and fixtures that will withstand the test of time. This can be extremely helpful, especially if you plan to sell your home. Remember, trends come and go, but your kitchen will be around for several, several more years.
Reality Check
There are certain areas of your kitchen remodel that you may not be able to do on your own. Accept this and consider hiring a professional. It's perfectly okay to ask for help! Plus, if you try to attempt a project on your own that you're unable to do properly, it may end up costing you more in the long run as you have to pay someone else to fix it. Hiring a professional from the get-go for specific projects can save you a lot of time, money and most importantly: embarrassment. Remember, kitchen designs require planning and effort, they are not a place to cut corners in any way!
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