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Posted by portugalpress on February 19, 2015
What to consider when remodeling your kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen can be an exciting home improvement project that helps you tailor the room to your needs. However, a kitchen remodel also involves many decisions and options that can quickly become overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Before beginning, consider the following.

Your budget

With any remodeling project, costs can quickly add up and you may wind up with an unwelcome surprise when the bill comes in at the end. Sit down and come up with a realistic figure for what you can spend on your new kitchen. Once you know how much money you have available for the project, you can decide which expenses are most important for your kitchen, for example, choosing between stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and granite worktops.

Style

Once you have settled on a budget, the primary decision to consider is the style that you would like for your new kitchen. In most cases, it's best to take cues from the rest of your home. If you have a property that features modern design elements, a country-style kitchen may seem out of place. While all the rooms of your home should not look identical, there should be some sense of flow and consistency between the various spaces in your property.

Custom vs pre-made

When it comes to choosing cabinets for your kitchen, you have two main options: pre-made and custom-built. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so determine which option best fits your needs. Pre-made cabinets are less expensive, but they may not fit your new kitchen plan exactly. Drawers may need to be trimmed, while cabinets may jut out a bit too far from the wall. Custom-built cabinets allow you to create a kitchen that meets your specific design and requirements.

Available space

Finally, when planning your new kitchen, it's important to consider the space that is available for the project. The amount of space dictates which features you can include in your kitchen and may help you decide how to best arrange the various elements to meet your needs. Expanding your kitchen area, where possible, will give you more options. You may want to consider adding a dining area, a space for a table or an island, a breakfast bar with stools, or a work station with room for a computer.

By Brett Hawkins|| features@algarveresident.com

Brett Hawkins is the managing director of GMT 24:7, a local expert in all areas of general building and property maintenance, with offices in Lagos and Almancil. | www.gmt247.eu

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