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When considering a kitchen remodel, you'll first need to hone in on the style that suits you best. Look across kitchen design ideas in a wide array of styles and layouts. Next, build a list of your favorite materials for kitchen countertops, flooring, cabinetry, and backsplashes. Compare performance and durability of these kitchen materials since you'll be living with them for years to come.
Once you've planned the look of your kitchen, you'll need to plan the layout and flow of your new kitchen. Keep in mind where individual prep, cleanup, and cooking workstations will be. Ensure the proper tools, pots and pans, sinks, storage and appliances are easy to access for each kitchen job. Be sure to not have too much distance between the most traveled pathway of fridge, stove and sink.
Some of the best kitchen design ideas are actually the simplest: Include a well designed kitchen island with open shelving, bar height seating, well placed outlets for kitchen appliances, prep sinks and garbage disposal to get the most out of a kitchen with an island layout. Kitchen cabinetry with tailored storage for your most used small appliances and utensils can keep your countertops clutter-free.
When budgeting your kitchen remodel costs, think carefully about costs beyond just the new appliances and finishes. Adding or moving electrical or plumbing fixtures and new structural changes can be unseen expenses. A professional contractor can help you get a sense for what costs you should include in your budget.
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