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Renovating A Kitchen In Stages

Many homeowners choose to do their kitchen remodeling in stages over time. This allows them an easy solution of paying for the total remodeling just a little at a time. It is very easy to change out the kitchen countertop and cabinets as one portion of the remodeling project at a later date change out the lighting fixtures or flooring material or kitchen sink and faucet. Even waiting and installing new appliances years after a kitchen remodel offers an easy and affordable solution for obtaining a complete renovation of the kitchen area.

While a complete kitchen renovation performed in a couple of weeks serves as the ideal solution for every homeowner, it is not always a practical option for everyone. Many times there is not enough equity in the home to obtain the financing needed to hire a contractor to renovate the entire area. Because of that, many homeowners shy away from doing any work in the kitchen when in fact it can be done in stages.

The first step in tackling a renovation project for the kitchen in steps is to begin measuring out the area. Sketch a layout of exactly how the kitchen appears, and how you would like it to be. Additionally, make a long list of all of the upgrades you would like to see including new flooring, appliances, countertop, cabinets, lighting system, appliances and others.

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Next, consider all of the major changes to the design that might add an exciting look to the kitchen space. This includes incorporating an island, putting in a larger sink, moving the stove from one location to another, adding a window, or rearranging the back door. For ideas, visit the local home improvement store to see what materials, components, cabinets, countertops, lighting fixtures, appliances and other materials are available.

Consider using the services offered at the local home improvement center to have them redesign a kitchen, or hire a professional architect. With plans in hand, talk to a variety of general contractors or subcontractors that can perform the duties you need to have the project performed in stages.

On day one, the contractor will remove all of the old existing cabinets along with the countertop and the sink. They will pry away the base cabinets and take down the upper wall cabinets. They will repair the walls, paint whatever is necessary, and install the new cabinets into place.

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When affordable, the next phase of the project can be completed. This is usually new flooring material made have tile, hardwood, laminate, engineered hardwood, vinyl, linoleum or other. At this time, you might also be able to afford having the lighting fixtures removed and replaced.

Finally, a fresh coat of paint and the installation of new appliances will top off the remodeling project to have the kitchen completely renovated. This entire process can take months or even years to complete. Remodeling the kitchen in stages offers a viable solution for homeowners who cannot afford to take on the entire project all at once.

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