If you kitchen is in need of a change, consider a kitchen remodel. Remodeling your kitchen can increase the value of your home.
In the first video of this series, Lowe’s put together some basics of kitchen remodeling to help you plan the scope of your project. The next video will help you pull your ideas into a design. And the third video will help you get ready for the actual renovation. The series is an introduction to kitchen remodeling.
First, you must decide what you want out of your kitchen. The way you live, the way you cook and the way you entertain all go into making a kitchen that works for you.
A good way to envision your kitchen is to look at other kitchens. Look at what your friends have. Look at magazines and the internet. Go to home show and visit the Lowe’s Kitchen Center. Another great resource is http://www.LowesCreativeIdeas.com
Save pictures so you can remember what inspires you. While at Lowe’s checkout the kitchen brochures. They have tons of information on kitchen planning and remodeling to help you answer some basic remodeling questions, like what kitchen layout will work best, what appliances and features you need, what style and color you want, and what’s your budget.
Many of your choices will be impacted by how much you want to spend. There are ways to tackle a kitchen remodel for any budget. Lowe’s also has financing options that can help.
If your budget is pretty modest, or if your kitchen just needs a refresh, you should start simple with cosmetic changes that are pretty easy. Painting the walls and the cabinets and installing new hardware can make a big difference and won’t cost much money. For a little more, you can replace and update plumbing and lighting fixtures. You don’t have to pay top dollar to get a new look. You can consider splitting the project into phases and you can do many of these projects yourself to save even more with how-to videos at http://www.Lowes.com/Videos
If you have a larger budget and need more updates, you can move to a total kitchen renewal. You can replace cabinets, countertops, flooring and fixtures. You can also upgrade the appliances. Some smaller parts can be done yourself, but a large scale renovation like this may require professionals. Lowe’s can help with expert installation services.
If you can afford to build your ultimate kitchen and you plan on living in your home for a while, you can consider a major renovation. Go for top of the line cabinetry, upscale appliances, granite countertops and gorgeous floors.
If you’re considering a renewal or major renovation, watch part 2 of the video series here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozpTWPKBJeU