One of the most common home renovations is kitchen renovations. The kitchen is one room in which changes in tastes and styles are readily noticeable. This is because they are generally quite open areas with appliances and kitchen furniture exposed to view.
Like motor vehicles, styles and colors of appliances change with the times. For example, the old dishwasher of the eighties would now look old fashioned and outdated in today's modern kitchen. Fortunately the kitchen renovations need not be expensive and can be done by the handyman. Having said that, it is also possible to spend a lot of money on renovating the kitchen.
Replacing kitchen appliances from the stove to the blender is a quick way to give an instant facelift to any kitchen. Although this can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, it is really a "plug and play" facelift. Buying kitchen appliance packages can save you money while ensuring your new appliances match and have the latest look.
However, replacing the burnt orange counter top can be a bit more problematic for the do it yourselfer. This job requires some carpentry skill and knowhow but is not out of the realm of the home handyman. The main cost if you do this yourself is the cost of the replacement top. Finishes can vary from laminex to wood and granite, with the latter being amongst the most expensive.
KITCHEN CUPBOARD RENOVATIONS
Replacing kitchen cupboards also requires some carpentry skill but, depending on the scale of the job, is also possible to be done by the home handyman. Again, the cost can depend on how involved the cupboard renovations are.
The cheapest way to renovate kitchen cupboards is to simply repaint them. This can give the whole kitchen an instant lift and bring it within current trends. Replacing the cupboard doors with more modern styles is another alternative and is generally a cost effective way to update kitchen cupboards. If your cupboard doors are a standard size it is possible to buy "over the counter" replacements. Doors made to order will be considerably dearer.
The most expensive way is to replace the whole of the cupboards, doors and carcases. These days standard and made to measure modular carcases are available, and can prove to be very cost effective. These are manufactured according to your measurements and delivered unassembled. It is relatively easy matter to assemble them and place them where you want. Add doors and, hey presto, you have a new kitchen.
KITCHEN FLOOR RENOVATIONS
Renovating your kitchen floor can vary from the simple, like replacing floor coverings to the more complicated like installing a floating wood floor. It is possible to keep costs down but it is also possible to spend a lot of money.
TOTAL KITCHEN RENOVATION
Of-course, redesigning your whole kitchen is by far the biggest and most costly project. This is something that should not be attempted by anyone unless they have carpentry, plumbing and electrical knowledge. The scale of a complete kitchen renovation can be huge and is best handled by a professional. There are many companies that specialize in just such renovations and have all the necessary skills and equipment to do the job efficiently and effortlessly. Although they do not come cheap, their cost is offset by the fact that they are usually quick to finish and can do the job with as little disruption as possible to you. This sometimes is worth paying the premium.
There are many ways to make your kitchen look great and to bring it back into current trends.
The most important starting point is to work out exactly how you want the finished kitchen to look and then go forward from there.