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Is It Time To Redo Your Kitchen?

What Has Triggered This Need For A Kitchen Overhaul?

You may be staring at the current state of your kitchen right at this moment…so why the sudden need to change it?

As people evolve, their tastes change (almost from year to year), and this could be what has triggered this sudden burst of motivation to redo your kitchen. Now, being realistic, you should begin thinking about your actual budget; is it a budget for a complete renovation, or is it a budget of more a re-facing and accessories one?

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To Redo/Replace Or Just Reface?

If your cupboards are falling off the walls, your countertops are heaving, and your kitchen floor is buckling and actually raising the flooring materials, then yes, it is time to redo your kitchen with replacements of pretty much everything (this is also for renewed safety). If time is such you need to, then reface and refresh it! If you do not have any damage to any of your surfaces within your kitchen, then splashing those surfaces with a change of colour and add in some interesting textures will give you that oomph without the hefty costs that would be involved otherwise.

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A Bit of Knowhow and A Little Bit of Elbow Grease

Be diligent and do some research before you make final decisions, especially if you are just doing a surface redo. Check on what is trending currently or choose a theme that suits your own taste (following the crowd and what they like may not be for you at the end of the day). Gentle, mellow wood and textured wood of a similar kind are always a smart choice because all coloured and textured accents for a crowning touch on the overall decor of your kitchen will match with the wood.

Doing the work yourself is also something you can research. Half the fun of changing or redoing your kitchen is having fun doing it yourself (this also will save you a whole slew of money).  If you do insist on hiring a professional, then make sure you know EXACTLY what you want and have an idea of what you will be doing, as the contractor will have free rein with the opportunity to stray from what you want precisely.

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Don’t Wing It…Have A Design Plan

Believe it or not, just buying a bunch of paint and some accessories to redo certain areas of your kitchen is probably going to end up looking like you didn’t plan it out, and your efforts will not result in what you were expecting. If it helps (and more often than not it does) you should sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil and draw out your kitchen (the surfaces in which you want to redo).

Now, grab some coloured pencils and actually colour in the areas in which you want to paint or reface; does it look like you imagined it? Work on with your design until you are really pleased with the results, and then go shopping for supplies!

Durable and Inexpensive Countertop Material Can You Have Both

Durable and Inexpensive Countertop Material – Can You Have Both?

When it comes to selecting a material for your kitchen countertops, you have to decide what features are most important to you. In many cases, it seems as though you have to choose between durability and affordability, but can you have both? There are several kitchen countertop materials that offer excellent durability without breaking the bank.

Affordable and Durable Kitchen Countertops

Affordable and Durable Kitchen Countertops

The following countertop materials are affordably priced, and they still offer a good degree of durability:

 

While some of the most durable countertop materials can cost you upwards of $75 or $100 per square foot, there are plenty of economical options available.

  • Laminate – Though it may sound strange to build a countertop out of plastic, laminate countertops are both affordable and customizable. These countertops can cost as little as $10 to $20 per square foot installed, and they come in a wide range of colors and finishes. Laminate countertops are water-resistant, and they are easy to clean. The only downside is that they will have visible seams if you have to put multiple pieces together.
  • Ceramic Tile – This may be one of the most affordable countertop options that still provides a good degree of durability. Ceramic tiles only cost about $30 per square foot installed, and you can save even more by installing them yourself. Not only are ceramic tiles very durable, but they come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, which gives you plenty of options for customization. The only downside of ceramic tile countertops is that they do require a certain degree of maintenance to keep the grout clean and in good condition.
  • Granite Tile – Similar to ceramic tiles, granite tile counters are very durable and much more affordable than solid granite slabs. Granite tiles are just as easy to install as ceramic tiles, and they are available in a variety of colors and several different sizes. You can find granite tiles at your local home improvement center for as little as $4 to $15 each. If you choose to have the tile installed professionally, you are looking at a cost around $15 to $25 per square foot.
  • Wood – Butcher block and wood counters can be not only a beautiful addition to your kitchen, but affordable as well. This type of material is less durable than laminate or tile because it is subject to cuts and scratches, but wood countertops do last for a very long time. The average cost for wood countertops is between $30 and $75 per square foot. If you can find recycled wood to use in your countertops, you may be able to save even more.
Nontraditional Countertop material

The best and durable countertop materials aren’t necessarily expensive!

 

If you are looking for a kitchen countertop material that is made to last but won’t empty your wallet, consider using a nontraditional material, such as laminate, ceramic tile, granite tile, or wood. Each of these materials has its own unique list of pros and cons, but, for the most part, they are economical and durable.