Truffles Magazine

Renovating your Kitchen

In House & Yard, Life @ Home, Urban Dweller on February 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Kitchen 1

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Kitchen 2

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Kitchen 3

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Kitchen 4

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Yeah, you have finally decided your going to renovate your kitchen…how exciting. There are so many color choices, material choices, appliances, color finishes, counter tops, flooring, paint, and decorating that the excitement may seem overwhelming all of a sudden. Here is what you need to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Set a budget – this is what you can afford and don’t spend more than budgeted
  2. Determine what work you will do and what work you will hire labor for (painting your kitchen or installing mosaic tile back splash will save you money and the tools needed are very cheap compared to installing a granite counter which requires special tools for cutting and installation.)
  3. Determine where you plan to spend your money in the kitchen (some people desire a specific appliance, someone else its the flooring – so unless your budget is enormous you are going to have to compromise on certain items)
  4. Donate your appliances to a local Salvation Army or Goodwill
  5. Choose appliances that energy start rated and use the least energy possible – this will save you money every month over the life of the appliance.
  6. Spend time researching online each item before committing to the purchase – this also alleviates any anxiety and pushy salesmen. Plus you need to write everything down online to get a real comparison – it will save time driving from store to store
  7. It’s best to go prepared to the store – once you have narrowed down your searches go to the store and check them out (obviously some people like to do this process before #6 I think that’s okay if you are unsure of products/brands that interest you but try to have an idea in mind or the choices will become overwhelming and your less likely to stick to your budget)
  8. Please check out this download I created to use Online and In-Stores to make shopping easier

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Post a Comment – I’d love to hear which kitchen is your favorite.

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