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How to Remodel a Kitchen in 10 Steps

by Product Specialist

Some people think about remodeling their kitchen for years and never move forward with it because they don't know how to start. However, it's easier than you think when you break it down into manageable tasks. The first thing to do is study magazines, books, websites, and kitchens you admire in other homes to find the perfect design and style for you. Once you have made your selection, you can move on to setting up a project budget.

Coming up with a design and layout for your kitchen is easier when you work with a professional designer. When you have completed this step, you're ready to research kitchen remodeling contractors and ask for bids. After hiring the right person for the job, decide what you want to do about the following:

Appliances: You will need a new dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and stove for your kitchen. Be sure to shop wisely and select the appliance that fits into your budget and matches your kitchen décor.

Cabinets: You have the option here of selecting a finish and style for new cabinets or refinishing the cabinets you already have.

Countertops: Granite, plastic laminate, and solid surface are all popular choices for your countertop. You will need to decide on the color and the material that best suits you.

Faucet and Sink: Many people choose stainless steel or porcelain enamel for their faucet and chrome and crushed nickel for their sink, but the final decision is yours alone. You also need to consider the style of faucet and sink you would like.

Flooring: Tile and wood kitchen floors are both attractive in addition to being practical and easy to clean.

Lighting: One last thing to consider is the type of lights you want your kitchen to have. A combination of pendant, recessed, and under cabinet mounted task lights often works well.