Remodeling Your Kitchen

Written by Mark Donovan

Remodeling a kitchen is one ofrepparttar best investments a homeowner can make. For most homeowners it isrepparttar 100410 most important room inrepparttar 100411 house. It is used for cooking, eating, and gathering, and is typically a focal point inrepparttar 100412 home. Consequently, though a great investment, a kitchen-remodeling project can be very disruptive torepparttar 100413 family. Andrepparttar 100414 length ofrepparttar 100415 disruption can take as long as two or three weeks.

The Planning Stage

Planning is absolutely essential in remodeling a kitchen. The homeowner should first identifyrepparttar 100416 main objectives of their future kitchen. They should next researchrepparttar 100417 latest products onrepparttar 100418 market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. Ifrepparttar 100419 kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from. For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, asrepparttar 100420 premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors. For cabinets,repparttar 100421 trend appears to be towards lighter colors as they helprepparttar 100422 appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances,repparttar 100423 Stainless Steel look appears to be in. And for flooring, vinyl or wood isrepparttar 100424 trend. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned forrepparttar 100425 floor, tile hasrepparttar 100426 tendency to feel cold onrepparttar 100427 feet.

Sketch out some plans

Afterrepparttar 100428 main objectives ofrepparttar 100429 future kitchen have been identified andrepparttar 100430 homeowner has an idea onrepparttar 100431 products for it, they should next sketch some plans. I would suggest developing two or three sketches, keeping in mind three important points. First, professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new design. The three points ofrepparttar 100432 triangle includerepparttar 100433 Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Second, consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. I would suggest thatrepparttar 100434 walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through atrepparttar 100435 same time. The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting withrepparttar 100436 Kitchen Designer. Finally, consider whererepparttar 100437 existing outlets and power forrepparttar 100438 stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.

Visitingrepparttar 100439 Kitchen Design Center

Once sketches have been created, bring them to a Kitchen Design Center or Home Improvement store. A certified Kitchen Designer will then takerepparttar 100440 sketches and goals and incorporate them into a formal set of plans. Oncerepparttar 100441 Kitchen Designer has formally generatedrepparttar 100442 plans, typically someone fromrepparttar 100443 Kitchen center will visit your home and take very precise measurements so thatrepparttar 100444 plans can be finalized. In fact, make sure that they do visit your home; otherwise unexpected costs and delays could occur whenrepparttar 100445 wrong size cabinets arrive on your doorstep.

Decorating to Sell a House by Meeting Three Key Needs

Written by Julie Dana

Specific marketing campaigns are no longer just for automobiles and designer clothes. Targeted marketing techniques are now applied to houses that are for sale. Decorating your house in a specific manner to facilitaterepparttar selling of it is an important aspect of selling and marketing your home; this type of decorating is called home staging.

The goal of this type of decorating is to strategically style to addressrepparttar 100409 psychological needs ofrepparttar 100410 buyer. The buyer has three major needs when they look atrepparttar 100411 house.

  1. Can I imagine myself (my family) living here?
  2. Is this an easy, carefree house to live in?
  3. Is this a good value for my money?
All décor choices you make to sellrepparttar 100412 house will reflect those needs ofrepparttar 100413 buyer. The most important tip to keep in mind at all times is that first impressions are critical in every area. The first time a potential buyer sees this house is curb appeal. That first glance they get as they step inrepparttar 100414 house can sellrepparttar 100415 house. First impression will happen in each and every room; make that impression awesome!

Remove: This area of staging is very difficult for some homeowners because it involves decorating it as a marketable house not as a beloved home. You do not want anything personal on display. This includes removing all family photographs, all toiletries, mail/bill piles, and all special collectibles. All bathroom and kitchen counters need to be cleared expect for only one or two decorative objects. Generally speaking, remove all wallpaper and paint all rooms a neutral ivory color. This meetsrepparttar 100416 need of being able to imagine living there (and not being distracted by who lives there now)

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