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What do you need from your kitchen?

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Although your kitchen may have seemed perfect when you first moved in, it has likely lost a lot of its appeal over time. Before you take drastic measures to revive your kitchen, take some time to consider the rest of your home and how the remodeling job will affect it. Will the project you have in mind increase the value of your home or will it cause the kitchen to overpower the rest of the home?

Think about what it will take to make your kitchen functional, ergonomic and provide adequate storage without going too far. While you want a kitchen that is comfortable and convenient, you don’t want to put too much into it and spend money on features that will go unused or take away from the aesthetic appeal. Following are some tips for picking your best kitchen.

• If planning on selling your home in the near future, don’t go for top-of-the line appliances or furnishings when you live in a neighborhood of mid-price homes. The investment won’t pay off when you sell.

• The style of your new kitchen should match the rest of the house. Country, Victorian, contemporary or other style should be consistent throughout the house.

• Don’t be too quick to add your personal touch. Fluorescent colors and frogs might be favorites but they aren’t likely to be a favorite design choice for anyone who wants to buy your house. Keep it classic if you want to benefit from selling.

• Think of what you actually need in your kitchen, not just on the touches you want. If you rarely cook full meals in your kitchen, don’t invest in the most expensive professional oven on the market because it looks good.

• Think about where you will be in the future before you plan an extreme makeover for your kitchen. Remember that not only do trends change over time, but so will your personal taste.

• Although kitchens are one of the most popular rooms to be updated, along with the bathroom, don’t do so at the cost of the rest of the house. Keep the entire house at the same level.

• Don’t put your entire budget into one area and then skimp on the rest of your purchases. It is more likely to make the entire kitchen look cheap instead of acting as a highlight for the rest of the room.

• Avoid over-crowding. Open space should be part of the design.

• Inject your normal actions into your plan to determine if it is well-thought-out. Make sure the design fits your lifestyle and will be an improvement over the kitchen you already have.

Once you have researched your options and your needs, you will be ready to bring them together. Strive to keep your costs below budget to allow for unexpected costs that may arise. Sometimes the smallest jobs end up being big ones.

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