Top 10 Creative Ways to Reduce the Cost of Kitchen Remodeling

If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen during the upcoming Spring, then undoubtedly the overall cost of your project is an important point of consideration for you, especially now that it has just become apparent that the US economy is still rather turbulent, if not in dire-straights outright, with the stock market doing a crazy number and erasing all of the 2014 earnings! 🙁

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Moral of the story here is that if you are going to remodel your home, you need to approach any remodeling decision with good planning, financial savvy and prudence. Well, enough with the small talk already! Here are some helpful and practical ways to keep your kitchen remodeling costs in check during this Fall and Winter season.

1. Go for the Lower-Cost Alternatives

Instead of buying expensive products right away, you should at least try to look for cheaper ones that look just as good as the expensive counterparts. You do not necessarily have to go for the cheapest alternative in order to keep your costs down. You only have to determine top brands of products that offer the best value for the amount you are willing to pay. Check out the kitchen planning guide by Consumer Reports for information on how to plan a kitchen remodel at the price you can afford.


2. Consider Do It Yourself Route

It’s hardly a surprise that many professional kitchen remodeling companies and general contractors charge very high fees for their design and build services, so it may be best to just make the kitchen remodeling a DIY project if you are on a really tight budget. Some of the tasks that you can do are painting, installing new flooring, and replacing hardware. You might want to leave the electrical work to professionals though, as a slightest mistake may cause a house fire.

3. Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets may not have to be replaced at all. If the damages are minor, you can simply repair them yourself. For a new look, you can sand the cabinets down to the bare wood and paint or stain them with a new color. In addition, you can choose to replace the knobs with stylish handles to make the cabinets look different than they were before.

If the cabinets are broken and must be replaced, it would be a good idea to install solid wood fronts or particle board boxes. Not using hardwood will help you save around $200 to $400 on each cabinet.


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Top 15 Stunning Kitchen Design Ideas, Plus their Costs – DIY Home Improvement Ideas for Fall 2016

Are you in the process of redesigning and remodeling your old, boring kitchen? If so, our in-depth guide to top kitchen designs and styles should be a great starting point to ignite your imagination.

From traditional to retro kitchen styles, our guide will help you visualize and conceptualize your new kitchen! The accompanying overview of costs and pros and cons associated with each kitchen style will help you weigh your options and plan your budget for the remodel of this important space in your home. 😉

Traditional Kitchen Styles

1) Classic Traditional

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The first category and inherent style. It includes for our article 4 other styles. Traditional remains a very popular choice because of how cozy or homey it appears. It’s simple and not looking to make any bold statements. Traditional kitchens tend to utilize wood finishes with colors that are coordinated throughout the space. White, tan and cream are the usual colors. Patterns in a traditional kitchen are familiar and easy to relate to. The stove/oven is the focal point and there tends to be lots of cupboard space all around for noticeable storage.

Pros: it’s the classic style which is also one of the most popular, most designers and builders can implement the style and adding unique features are not seen as outlandish.

Cons: none really other than your personal style may want a more modern flavor, more bold colors are sometimes desired to represent owner’s personal style

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $25,000

“The evolution of kitchen designs and styles is truly fascinating. For thousands of years, it was no frills preparation, fire-based cooking and very basic cleaning. Often, not much of the latter as ventilating lots of smoke and curtailing mess from grease was a secondary consideration. Today, a kitchen relies on cleanliness for food hygiene, smart design for efficient operation, and thoughtful aesthetics for comfort, warmth, and overall appeal.”

2) Rustic

Rustic Kitchen By MorningStar Stone & Tile

“Store, prepare and cook food. That’s the 3 primary purposes of a kitchen. But what’s the fun in that when the modern kitchen offers so much more? Long considered the soul of the home, our kitchens today are fitted with so many conveniences, they are not just for preparing meals for guests, but also for hanging out with friends and family. Beyond the three main purposes, we also socialize, dine, clean, read, relax, and use our computers in this wonderful space within our homes.”


A variation of traditional is the Rustic style. This theme emphasizes wooden features and surfaces. Wood may be stained, but a clear stain that brings out the natural beauty of the wood grain is usually sought. Timber, stone and brick are all common materials to this style. Sand colored wood is possible, but rustic tends to rely on darker tones, particularly mahogany and reddish-brown.

redish-rustic-kitchen Via Houzz.com

Pros: the variation in materials to create a more bold look than ‘classic traditional’ is why this style appeals to many, a more rugged look that can be majestic

Cons: If implemented poorly or not well maintained, rustic appears worn and rough-hewn

Low-end cost for a full renovation including design, materials and labor by a licensed remodeling contractor is about $30,000+

3) Country Farmhouse

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This style can be challenging to tell difference from a ‘typical traditional’ kitchen. Color is certainly a noticeable difference. Where white and light colors are typical for traditional kitchens; red, blue and yellow are within the range of thematic choices. With a country kitchen, color is more about mixing than matching.

Pros: Of all the kitchens on this list, this may be the most open and inviting, donning a lived-in look

Cons: If elegant design, minimalism and strict color matching is your version of style, a Farmhouse kitchen is not for you

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $30,000

4) Craftsman/Shaker

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This style is similar to rustic, in that it places premium importance on appearance of wood, but differs from rustic in that it is unlikely to appear worn. Instead, top quality wood grains and (as the name implies) craftsmanship is the theme. Shaker cabinets and drawers, along with handcrafted tiles are what marks this theme.

Pros: emphasis on quality is top notch in this style, adding in modern touches tends to work well

Cons: None really, but can be challenging to pinpoint this style as over reliance on modern features makes for more of a transitional character than traditional

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $40,000

5) Cottage

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Cottage is a bit of an eclectic mix within the traditional category, but squarely in that. The style calls back to an earlier period where modern utensils don’t fit in so easily. Cottage tends to be a style that as you hunt for antiques and certain knick-knacks, it can likely be adapted to this style’s space without being out of place. Favored colors tend to be white or light, but like the Country Farmhouse, it favors mixing over matching.

Pros: perhaps the most simplistic, yet cozy of all the traditional types; has old world charm

Cons: persons with more elegant tastes will likely find this theme undesirable

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $45,000

Contemporary Kitchen Styles

6) Contemporary

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This style is perhaps the most broad on the entire list of 15. People think ‘modern’ but that is actually its own sub-category pertaining to a specific era. Contemporary is really whatever is currently popular, and so 10 years from today, that might not be whatever are the trends right now in this style. But as this is a general style, it includes general themes such as: clean, linear lines; sleek styles and focus on function than on (traditional) elegance. Minimalism tends to be the norm in today’s contemporary kitchens, but that can easily have design trends that have a noticeable flavor. This is the only entry on the list of 15 where we’ll not include pros, cons, and costs as the category is just too broad for those type of specifics.

contemporary-cottage via IDesignArch.com

7) Modern

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Modern style is surprisingly not necessarily contemporary. It’s easy to confuse the two, and many do. But modern really refers to the style that occurred with thematic designers in the mid 20th century who were looking to break away from the traditional mold. Much of what they came up with is still with us today and is incorporated in many traditional kitchen types. Modern styles led to taking down of the extra wall in a kitchen, so person cooking a meal could still interact with people in the next room over (think parent looking after child in next room watching TV). The modern era made use of stainless steel far more than had previously been done, and utilized neutral/light colors on walls or backsplashes, while hardware and countertops were darker, to intentionally create a contrast.

Pros: Very easy to find designers and builders who can implement this style and who can likely make it unique to your own home, matching your tastes.

Cons: stainless steel is in, wood is less used, so perception of ‘natural beauty’ is lessened, but again deals with matter of personal taste

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $45,000

8) Luxury

Luxury Kitchen Design in Murray, KY via Heather Hungeling Design

This style is more conception than thematic. It’s contemporary to whatever the current era manifests as most expensive tools, most extraordinary details in design and richest materials available. Luxury kitchens have been with us for as long as kitchen spaces have existed. Luxury is perhaps best understood as a cross between (traditional) craftsmanship and contemporary gourmet.

Pros: being the best of the best has its merits

Cons: the average homeowner likely won’t even consider this option due to the expense

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): Not applicable as low end and luxury are incompatible. $40K is possible for luxury kitchen design.

9) Gourmet

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Gourmet kitchens are like the ‘man cave’ for chefs. Luxurious spaces that take the chore of cooking and make it as fun as humanly possible. For contemporary styles, it tends to be the trendsetter for many other styles wherever function is seen as more valuable than appearance. It’s enticing just to consider the feature set for today’s gourmet kitchens. This includes (but certainly isn’t limited to): six-burner stovetop, industrial strength ventilation system, separate refrigerator and freezer, separate wine cooler, self-sustaining luxury island, stove-top faucets, warming drawer, kitchen computer or flatscreen, and gadgets galore. The list of gadgets for gourmet cooking is a lengthy article itself, as whatever type of cooking is called for, a gourmet kitchen will want specific, quality gadget just for that, such as indoor smokers, specifically styled broilers, countertop steamers, and so on. Essentially, whatever you can think a restaurant might have, a gourmet kitchen probably does have, just at a smaller scale.

Pros: for the cooking hobbyist, there is no kitchen style that beats the gourmet kitchen

Cons: the style can be very expensive and is not modest, nor relying on traditional styles

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $50,000

10) Asian

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Asian is a style that embraces several far east cultural design elements. While it intuitively fits well in the ‘traditional’ category, it is for North American homeowners a contemporary stylistic choice. Wood is a very prominent material in the build, but is not rugged looking like a rustic kitchen. Similar to craftsman, but with a different ethnic version of craftsmanship. Simplicity and minimalism replace the excessive wants of the modern gourmet kitchen. All design items have either a simple (read as plain) style or an distinctly Asian bent. Trends are challenging to account for in this style, but our research finds darker colors are being included in this style more and more, including use of stone/granite backsplashes and countertops

Pros: ability to mix traditional craftsmanship with panache and contemporary features

Cons: none really, but the Asian style may not be for everyone, nor fit many households

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $45,000

11) Mediterranean

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Mediterranean is the luxury kitchen of southern Europe (along the Mediterranean sea). It is traditional to that area, and contemporary for North American tastes. Well crafted tiles and patterned designs on walls, countertops and flooring truly distinguish this style from others. Texture and variety of textures are huge in this style. Similar to the Country Farmhouse, mixing is conceptually better than matching within this style.

Pros: Elegance with panache, bold textures and well conceived patterns make for a style that’s intriguing and majestic

Cons: If simplicity, minimalism and color matching are your style, then Mediterranean kitchens are not for you

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $55,000

Transition Kitchens and Related Styles

12) Transitional

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Transitional kitchens are specifically conceived and designed as a mix between traditional and contemporary kitchen styles. While each kitchen style offers its own brand of creativity, transitional styles invoke creativity during implementation as a statement. Generally though, the theme of transitional is minimalism in design, and neutrality in colors. Such as shaker style cabinets and crown molding with no decorative ornaments. Mixing natural and manufactured materials is the norm. The goal of this style is to project balance and harmony. Transitional kitchens tend to be for couples/families where two themes are desired, and one style (transitional) is implemented to achieve a balance (between the two).

transitional-kitchen via Scottsdale Remodeling and Design

Pros: the best of both worlds (traditional and contemporary)

Cons: mixing two styles can appear awkward unless a pro designer is involved

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $40,000

13) Vintage

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This style, similar to Retro (below), is an authentic renovation mixing old with new, intentionally. With Vintage, the choice is to be a lot like a Cottage, or perhaps Farmhouse, and utilize the tools, main cookware from pre-Industrial Revolution era. The look is critical, but this style is transitional. Finding harmony between Old World charm and modern conveniences is what makes for a Vintage style. Perhaps all this is debatable as Cottage itself would look identical to Vintage, but Cottage isn’t assuming there is desire to appease modern tastes. Vintage does.

Pros: panache through tradition, and convenience through modern touches

Cons: Same as any transitional – mixing two styles can appear awkward unless a pro designer is involved

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): $45,000

14) Retro

retro-kitchen

Like Vintage, Retro mixes old with new, desiring to create an authentic early to mid 20th century kitchen. Think 1940’s to 1960’s style kitchen. And if having trouble imagining all the main details for each kitchen feature, then use a kitchen designer familiar with retro kitchen design. Use of stand-alone cupboards and shelving units are a staple in this theme. Old school refrigerators and black and white checkered flooring would make this theme readily apparent. While lots of contemporary gadgets would certainly appear out of place in this style, chances are good Retro will find a balance or way to include say microwave and dishwasher if at all possible.

Pros: panache through tradition, and convenience through modern touches

Cons: Same as any transitional – mixing two styles can appear awkward unless a pro designer is involved

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): Info not readily available, but likely expensive or around $50,000

15) Eclectic

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This last style is the hodgepodge or miscellaneous category. It certainly can be an intentional theme, and the rebellion against needing to fit into a particular type of theme from this list. It’s finding your own style, your own colors, and going with that. Again, a pro designer can probably make that work better than non-designer type. With this style, you get to include whatever from this list appeals to you, and mix it with anything else on this list, or from your imagination. While the style is perhaps impossible to describe accurately, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done for good reason, such as reflecting a persons many travels, sense of humor or irreverence.

Pros: this style is likely to satisfy the exact tastes of the most important person, the home owner

Cons: everyone but you will find something to criticize about this style and dislike your utter non conformity to what is right and good in the world

Low end cost for full renovation (includes design, materials and labor): Very challenging to account for, but $25,000 is fair place to start


Additional Costs and Other Considerations

As a home improvement project, a kitchen renovation is great in terms of satisfaction but very expensive, compared to other projects. According to this RemodelingImage, the Return On Investment (ROI) for a kitchen renovation is good. In other words, one can expect to get back about 67% of the value they put into it. That article notes higher costs than what this article has been suggesting, but that is average range, with a median cost around $60,000 in today’s prices, for major kitchen renovation.

The general rule for budgeting for kitchen remodeling is to spend at least 5% of the overall value of your home and not more than 15%. Less than 5% would actually devalue your home and more than 15% means you are less likely to get a decent ROI from the improvement. According to HGTV.com, the breakdown for what expenses are for a kitchen renovation are:

Design fees: 4%

Installation: 17%

Appliances and ventilation: 14%

Cabinetry and hardware: 29%

Countertops: 10%

Lighting: 5%

Flooring: 7%

Doors and windows: 4%

Walls and ceilings: 5%

Faucets and plumbing: 4%

Other: 1%

While a five figure price tag is very expensive, it is yet another reason to consider a designer. Yes, that is added cost, but it usually considerably less stress and more likely to achieve whatever your vision is, and match that with builders. Renovation can also be had over time, such that the improvement is done in phases. With many of the styles, not everything needs to occur at once, and a designer can help determine what phases make most sense for the type of style you want.


Top 6 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends in 2015 – 2016

With the Spring just around the corner, you are probably considering other important interior remodeling upgrades that can be completed during the upcoming warm season. And if you are, then undoubtedly, upgrading your kitchen is high on that priority list, especially because your kitchen is the place where family and friends can get together and enjoy each others company during the beautiful season and year-round, really! Well, let me share you the top six kitchen ideas to help inspire and ignite your own imagination! 😉

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You can follow and implement any of these ideas to achieve the look and functionality you desire in a kitchen. A successful kitchen remodel can bring a great deal of satisfaction and joy, while also helping increase the value of your home by a good margin. Not only that, properly planned and executed kitchen remodeling upgrades can also allow for a better utilization of existing space, while offering an improved storage capacity.

1. Concealment of Appliances

Newly remodeled Kitchen with a french farmhouse theme


Concealment of appliances is one of the newer kitchen remodeling trends that you can try. It has become quite popular over the years thanks to many advantages. Concealed appliances offer an artistic way of saving space. Not only do they improve functionality in your kitchen, but they help better organize and de-clutter your kitchen. Hidden appliances, when revealed, are also interesting and will create a lot of attention and wow your guests! 🙂

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Good examples of concealed appliances include steam ovens, warming drawers, and built-in coffee centers. With built-in coffee centers, you can get a customized cup of coffee with just one press of a button! 😉

built-in coffee center


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How to Remodel a Small Kitchen on a Budget in 2016

I am sure that most people, especially home-owners, can relate to what it’s like to get to the point where you are just plain tired of looking at the same old thing, your kitchen that is, everyday! 🙁 But, if you are one of those home-owners, it does not mean that tearing down your old kitchen and building it all anew is your only option. Of course, it could be an option for those who can afford it, as well as you do not mind having to go through the process. However, for those who want a simpler way to improve their home, there are many simple yet powerful and budget-friendly ways to update its look for 2016. 😉


Ironically, when most people think of remodeling and redecorating a space in their home, they consider buying new expensive furniture, and new stylish home decor artifacts. Many people erroneously believe that making a large purchase is an absolute must in order to make any room look significantly different, but the truth is that spending a lot of money to remodel your home does not have to be the case, when you throw a little creativity in! 🙂

For example, your kitchen is something that can easily become an eye sore, quickly, just because you and your family members are constantly using the area. You may also find your kitchen becoming just too old- fashioned for modern time, and decide to upgrade it with a more contemporary style.


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Kitchen Remodel Cost – 2015-2016 Low-End, Mid-Range, & High-End

Planning and Completing an Amazing Kitchen Remodel That’s Worth the Money!

A kitchen may be the heart of the home, but only when it’s functional and appealing. Otherwise, it ends up being a place you only spend time when required. No matter how outdated your kitchen is, you can always update it with a tasteful and well-thought out kitchen remodel to fit your budget.

Regardless of whether you’re trying to sell your home or make it more functional for yourself, a kitchen remodel can be designed for any budget. Choose a low-cost upgrade if money is limited or a mid-range remodel if you have a small savings account designated for this project. If you want a completely new kitchen of your dreams, a high-end remodel is the only way to go! 😉

Each type of kitchen remodel features specific items and will give you a certain return on investment while enhancing your use of the space. Here is a list of projects included in each remodel project and what you can expect to pay and the ROI for the total project.

Low-End

With this remodel, the focus will be on updating what you have and spending as little as possible while achieving a big impact. The motto here is only replace what is necessary. For instance, you wouldn’t replace your appliances if they are in working order. Same goes for cabinets. Instead of buying new cabinets, you would paint your current set or sand them down and re-stain them. You would update with new hardware, which would provide major visual impact for just a few hundred dollars.

old kitchen cabinets with new door handles

Painting the walls is one of the easiest ways to update a kitchen without spending a lot of money. Another low-cost project is changing out the light fixtures and faucets. Many people add new lighting, such as under-cabinet lights to brighten the room and make it feel like new.

French country kitchen tiles

One suggestion is to replace your cabinets with open shelving. All you have to do is remove the doors and paint the shelves. This project opens up your entire room and makes it feel larger.

If you need to replace flooring in a low-cost kitchen makeover, laminate or vinyl is the best choice. Don’t worry: the options for today look nothing like the vinyl from the 1970s and 1980s. They are stylish and even come in designs that look like real wood.

A low-cost remodel may sound like a dream come true, but you want to know the details. Here is a list of individual projects and how much they are likely to cost you in an average kitchen.

  • Update kitchen hardware – less than $100 for basic knobs and pulls, or $10-$15 apiece for something a little more stylish
  • Paint – $10-$20 per bucket of paint; another $10-$20 for primer if needed
  • Laminate flooring – can range from less than $1 per square foot installed to $3-$5 per square foot installed for high-end laminate
  • New light fixtures – less than $100 for the fixture

You can add other projects into your low-cost kitchen remodel if you can handle the work yourself instead of paying for a professional. In fact, most remodels on the low end of the budget are built up entirely of DIY projects. Believe it or not, it’s easy to make your kitchen look like new for well under $1,000. Average low-cost remodels will mean you spend around $5,000 to get everything you want.

Mid-range

Maybe you don’t have the funds to build an entirely new kitchen from scratch, but you can afford to make a few big changes. A mid-range remodel may be just the project to bring your kitchen into the 21st century.

Modern Kitchen with stainless steel appliances

With a mid-range remodel, you focus on using standard materials for most projects to save money while splurging on custom features in specific areas. For example, you may opt for standard cabinets with granite countertops for the “wow” factor. Perhaps flooring and cabinetry are basic while the backsplash commands attention.

The key with this kind of remodel is to know where to spend your money and where to cut back. Which features should stand out and what aspects really won’t matter? The general rule of thumb if you’re worried about return on investment is to spend money where it can be seen and save on things that aren’t noticeable. Your kitchen should be part of a cohesive design with the rest of the home, so an ultra-modern kitchen in a traditional or historic house won’t give you as much value as you’d like.

  • Appliances are always a good investment, but spend more money on cook stoves than other appliances because they last longer. Overall, stainless steel is a good choice, especially if you plan to resell in a few years.
  • Countertops are often a focal point and can enhance standard cabinets. In addition, they are less expensive than buying custom cabinets. Granite is still a popular choice and its durability make it a solid investment in your kitchen.
  • Cabinets are an essential part of a mid-range kitchen remodel but focus more on function than style for ROI. Soft-close doors and drawers are important while having drawers in the base cabinets enhances their functionality.
  • Flooring is another important component of this type of remodel. No need to go all out, but laminate is usually out for this budget. Tile is a lower-cost option for style and durability.
  • A backsplash is a must on your remodel, but you don’t have to go fancy. Ceramic tile works just fine and is as practical as it is pretty.

How much will you spend on a mid-range kitchen remodel? It can vary widely, depending on where you choose to spend extra money. A typical breakdown will give you an idea:

  • Expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 per cabinet, which can easily translate into $5,000 or more for a kitchen with 10 or more cabinets, according to 150points.
  • Cost for backsplash can range from $12 to $22 per square foot, including installation.
  • Cost for flooring with porcelain tiles is between $2 – $4 per square foot or only about $400 for a 10×10 kitchen, making it an affordable option for adding style to your room.
  • Appliances can range widely in cost based on the features you expect, but anticipate spending at least $1200-$1500 on a refrigerator and an oven can cost even more at $2000 or $3,000 for a Samsung or other major brand.
  • Granite countertops can be quite expensive, ranging from $45 to $200 per square foot; to reduce this cost, choose a thinner slab or limit it to an island top.

Expect a mid-range kitchen makeover to cost $15,000 to $20,000. You can reduce those costs if you limit high-cost materials to one or two aspects of the remodel. Make the right decisions and you can recover a lot of your costs with a 70% return on your investment.

High-end

black cabinets and stainless steel appliances

Maybe you’ve got the funds to create your dream kitchen, and you’ve always been inspired by commercial appliances or custom cabinetry. Then go for it with a high-end kitchen remodel. Be prepared to dole out a lot of money, but expect to see breathtaking results.

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If you’re wondering what identifies a high-end remodel, think custom. Professional labor, custom products and luxury appliances are the ingredients for this type of update. Of course, you can expect to spend a nice little fortune for these results. Don’t be surprised if the grand total comes out to $40,000 or more, depending on the size of your kitchen and where you live, according to RemodelingImage. In fact, don’t be shocked to pay double that if you want everything on your wish list.

Here’s a look at what you will see in a remodel for your high-end kitchen:

  • Natural flooring like wood or tile, or go for something unique like hardwood floor with a stone inlay; expect to pay between $5 and $12 per square foot, according to Zillow.
  • Custom cabinetry with features that include spice racks and folding doors, includes real wood, which will cost anywhere from $15,000 to $45,000 based on 30 new, custom cabinets installed, according to Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Countertops that make a statement, with options such as natural stone, granite, marble or concrete will run you from $30 per square foot to almost $200.
  • High-end appliances – efficient and elegant with features like digital programming and integrated televisions turn ordinary appliances into extraordinary, but expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for each.
  • Brilliant backsplashes, elegant lighting and fabulous faucets separate the high-end kitchen from everything else – these are the “decorations” for your kitchen while combining function with art and can range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

As you can see, there’s a lot of variation in the cost of a high-end kitchen remodel. Expect to see about a 60% return on your investment if you made the right choices. Creating an upscale kitchen is more about designing the space you love than enhancing its resale value.

No matter your budget, you can have a brand new kitchen. The key is to make smart choices on what you change and how and work with the money you have to get the most bang for your buck. The end result will be a kitchen you love to spend time in.

How to Vent a Range Hood through the Roof or a Side Wall

With the onset of the Fall season, it’s been getting a bit chilly for my usual outdoor barbecues and get togethers with friends and family, so we’ve relocated out gatherings back to the kitchen, which is where we typically hang out during the cold season. After all, what better place is there to hang out with your friends and family on those chilly autumn afternoons!? 😉

Anyways, if you are going to host a small gathering in your kitchen, you better make sure that your kitchen space looks and feels great. With that being said, I would like to talk about a proper way to vent a kitchen hood, so that you don’t end up with all sorts of messy stains in your lovely kitchen…

It is essential to properly vent your range hood, so that any smoke, fats, vapors, and grease produced whenever you cook, don’t create an unwanted settlement and unsightly stains on the ceiling in your kitchen. 🙁 Trust me, you don’t want to ever let any of that to happen to your kitchen!!!

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Range hoods are typically vented using a special duct work that runs through a roof, and less often, through an exterior wall of your house. The duct work is usually concealed within the walls, and it is really important to make everything air and water tight. This way, you won’t have to come back to fix any deficiencies after everything is set and done.

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Top Kitchen Tile Design Ideas

If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old, boring tiles with some new stylish ones, then read on learn how to pick the right style for your kitchen. After all, there are so many types of tiles out there! 😉

spacious kitchen with two backsplashes

First and foremost, before you rush and pick the first available tile type that seems to fit the bill, you need to keep the following in mind:

You don’t have to stick with a plain kitchen tile design. A new set of tiles and a unique tile design can dramatically change the appearance of your whole kitchen. Let’s go through some exciting ideas to get you started! 🙂 Are you ready?

French Way

French country kitchen tiles

A French country kitchen design is a classic, sophisticated scheme that is delicate and welcoming. What’s very typical of French kitchens is the black-and-white, checkerboard tiles design. Black-and-white checkerboard tiles are great for producing an eclectic appearance to any kitchen. This kitchen tile design concept often involves a mix of repeating patterns. You can have black-and-white checkerboard tile flooring either laid diagonally or straight in your kitchen.


French country wall and floor tiles

Going Greek

Greek mosaics have usually been employed for interior design, decorative art or cultural/spiritual designs. They date back hundreds of years ago. When you create a mosaic, you are making a unique piece of art incomparable to another. You may incorporate metal, glass, stone or pieces of other materials that you want to mix together into your work.

Porcelain mosaic glass kitchen tiles

You don’t have to produce a design of a tangible item or give a balanced layout. However, you do have to plan your concept. You could have larger items for a centerpiece and surround it with smaller tiles for your backsplash. Any kitchen tile or item you incorporate must be of a shape that will fit among the other items being employed. Attempt to fit everything together in a uniform way.

Any decorative concept should be laid out in a pattern on a board first before applying permanently to your backsplash or flooring. You may buy pre-designed mosaic designs for a faster and easier project.

Italian Beauty

How about adding a touch of Tuscany to your kitchen?

A gorgeous tuscan kitchen

Royal Treatment

Look up back-painted glass tiles, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful and sophisticated tiles to ever emerge in the market. Back-painted glass is basically glass that is painted on the backside and then baked or sealed. The color shines through with a depth, gloss and luminosity that are highly attractive. Something like a glass tile back-painted with a glossy red background and gold, leafy design exudes elegance and something you might see in a castle or mansion. On the other hand, modern homeowners may go for a plain color that shows through with a luminous effect.

Rustic Warmth

If you want to go for the cozy and inviting charm of rustic kitchens, you don’t always have to stick with wooden flooring. Do you know there are now ceramic tiles that actually look like wood? These are often termed as faux wood ceramic tiles. They are available in a wide range of stained or weathered, flat or 3-dimensional surfaces. One good reason to work with faux wood ceramic tiles is their durability. Another is that this type of material is very easy to clean and maintain.


Kitchen Range Hoods: Buying Guide for Homeowners

Cooking a delicious meal in your kitchen can be very rewarding, but while the scent of a good meal can be very enticing, it is less pleasant if it sticks around your home for days after the meal has been eaten. I am sure you know exactly what I mean by lingering kitchen smells… 😉 In addition to the smell, cooking can also produce other unpleasant side-effects, such as smoke, grease and moisture. These problems can be avoided by installing a kitchen hood over your cooking range. The hood will draw away the unpleasant smoke, steam and smells from your oven, leaving your kitchen free of bad odors and grime.

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How kitchen hoods work

A kitchen hood uses a fan to move the air. These fans may be rotary, centrifugal or axial. A rotary fan is a conventional looking bladed fan. A centrifugal fan is shaped like a barrel and it is the quietest and most efficient option. An axial fan is a type of bladed fan that has an outer ring. It is quieter than a normal rotary fan, but less expensive than a centrifugal fan. Axial fans are a good option if you are looking for a hood that is less noisy and more effective than the cheapest rotary fans, but cannot afford to buy a centrifugal fan.

Comparing Range Hoods

Kitchen hoods can be compared to one another in terms of the rate at which they move the air. This is usually measured in terms of the cubic feet of air that are moved per minute. The cubic feet per minute or CFM is a good way of determining how effective a kitchen hood will be at removing smoke and smells. The higher the CFM of a kitchen hood, the more effective it will be. If you use a gas powered cooktop, you will need a more powerful kitchen hood than if you use an electric cooktop.

Power Considerations

The rate at which the kitchen hood can extract air from the kitchen should be matched to the size of the room. Larger rooms will need more powerful extractor fans in order to prevent bad odors. You can calculate the volume of your kitchen by multiplying its height by its length and width. You should be able to approximate the volume very easily, even if your kitchen is slightly irregular in shape. Once you know the size of your kitchen, you can work out how powerful the fan needs to be in order to achieve the rate of extraction you need.

You should aim to choose a kitchen hood that is capable of completely replacing or cleaning the air in the kitchen at least eight times every hour, although more powerful fans which can replace the air at least twelve times an hour will be better, if you can afford them. You can work out how much air a kitchen hood can extract per hour by multiplying its CFM by 60. If you are looking for a kitchen hood that can change the air in your kitchen twelve times an hour then this number should be at least twelve times as great as the volume of your kitchen.


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Benefits of Cotswold Stone Floors for Your Kitchen

If you are looking for interior flooring with a sophisticated and timeless look, then you will be fully satisfied with cotswold stone flooring. It is the very best natural limestone choice for all your flooring needs. For centuries, cotswold stone has been recognized throughout the world for its distinct beauty, durability and longevity. Here are just a few reasons why the look and feel of your home will be totally transformed with new cotswold stone flooring.

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Unique history of the Cotswold stone

Cotswold stone is a unique stone with an ancient history. It is a yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone quarried throughout the Cotswold Hills, located in the south midlands of England. The limestone found in the Cotswolds is ancient, dating back to the Jurassic period – about 150 million years ago.

Distinct look

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Cotswold stone has a distinct honey color that creates an attractive ambiance and works well in a variety of interior designs, from classic to modern. Every piece of stone is unique, and no two flagstones look identical. Each costwold stone piece has special veining, coloring, and natural characteristics.


Depending on your aesthetic taste you can customize costwold stone flagstones for both traditional and contemporary natural stone floor designs. Moreover, you can complement a cotswold stone floor with a wide range of natural cotswold stone products, which include stone stair treads or risers and limestone skirting. Natural cotswold stone flooring has a timeless quality that will never go out of style.

Versatile applications

One of the greatest advantages of cotswold stone and the reason for its growing popularity, is that it can be used for a wide variety of flooring needs. It can be laid successfully in hallways, kitchens, living and dining rooms. Cotswold stone can also laid in bathrooms, shower rooms and outside areas such as around the pool or jacuzzi. It is important to be aware of the fact that the porous nature of the cotswold stone makes it more susceptible to moisture, so you need to make sure it is professionally and properly sealed to ensure a long service life.

Exceptional durability

With a cotswold stone floor, you can have the peace of mind that with proper maintenance it will serve you a lifetime. Cotswold stone is extremely sturdy and durable, and can withstand the weight of heavy furniture and other pieces of interior decor. Unlike synthetic floor coverings, cotswold stone is not easily susceptible to regular wear and tear, and can seamlessly conceal the appearance of scratches, in case they do appear. A cotswold stone floor is also resistant to stains, which means that it will maintain its elegant appearance for years to come.

Perfect for warm climates

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, cotswald flooring has a significant advantage of keeping your home cool during hot summer months. This is particularly beneficial if you live is areas where it is hot year round. Additionally, by keeping the overall temperature down, your cotswold floor will help you save on electricity costs, which can add up if you have to run the AC all the time.

Easy care and maintenance

When properly sealed, a cotswold floor is a breeze to care for. In fact, it requires virtually no maintenance, outside of occasional sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming. You can also wash a cotswold floor with a pH-balanced neutral cleaner or warm water. Depending on the level of moisture that your cotswold floor is exposed to on a regular basis, you may need to reseal it every couple of years to maintain its durability and beautiful look.


Benefits of Fitted Kitchens: Homeowners Guide

Long gone are the days when kitchens were simply areas in house for cooking food. Today, a kitchen is the heart of the home, where family members and guests get together not only to share meals but also to spend time together, socialize and entertain. This means that when you are planning to remodel your kitchen, it is essential that this space combines both an aesthetic appeal and functional design. – The best way to achieve this goal is to go for a fitted kitchen. As the name implies, a fitted kitchen optimizes the available space, where the lay out and all the components and design elements of the kitchen are customized to meet your particular needs.

An Example of a Fitted Kitchen

Investing into a new fitted kitchen is a major step, as a bespoke
kitchen will not only improve the quality of your family’s daily life,
but will also significantly increase the value of your home. So before
you jump in and spend a lot of cash on the latest fitted kitchen fad,
there are important things you should keep in mind about fitted kitchen
design. After all, you want to end up with a kitchen that you and your
family will love, so do you research, plan carefully and choose wisely.


Focus on your family’s specific needs

A Bespoke Fitted Kitchen

Every family has particular needs and preferences when it comes to
kitchen spaces. Does your family need a lot space to freely move around
when cooking, or perhaps it is essential for you to have a big American
Style fridge? Before you start browsing different fitted kitchen design
options, take a look at your current kitchen space, and make a list of
the most important things you would like to improve or change. While you
also want to think about your kitchen from the aesthetic perspective,
it is really important to not get lost in all the attractive design
details and side step comfort, ease-of-use and functionality.


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