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Kitchens: Appliances - Find the perfect appliances to complement your kitchen
Though kitchen remodeling can be very expensive, it can sometimes increase the value of your home by a lot. If you plan on remodeling your entire kitchen form scratch, including new cabinets, oven, fridge, dishwasher, stove, and sinks, you’ll need to create a design plan beforehand. The first step in kitchen remodeling is choosing the style of kitchen, whether traditional, country, contemporary, etcetera. You might think that fridges and stoves are fairly standard, but they come in a wide variety of styles and finishes. In fact, there are a lot of new high-tech fridges and stoves on the market right now.
Some fridges have an LCD screen in the door that doubles as a touch-screen recipe catalog and a TV plus DVD player. If that’s not enough entertainment in your kitchen, you can buy kitchen iPOD players that fit under your counter ledges. You can also get ovens that are remotely operated from your cell phone or online. You can put a meal in the oven while you’re out and turn it on with your cell phone when you’re ready to start dinner. This oven also refrigerates the uncooked meals to keep them fresh until you give the signal to start cooking. When you’re choosing what style of kitchen you want, you should keep in mind that some styles can be far more expensive than others, especially when it comes to countertops and appliances such as ovens, stoves, and dishwashers. Whether you’re going for a traditional, modern, country, or old world look, you’ll need to buy a fridge and stove and sinks that match the style of your kitchen.
However, it’s often the countertops and kitchen cabinets that make the biggest statement. There are lots of different styles available when choosing kitchen cabinet, such as glass doors, traditional wood cabinets, open doorless cabinets, cabinets with lights inside, old-timey antique-looking rough wood cabinets, and many, many more. Choosing kitchen cabinets may seem simple enough, but keep in mind that your cabinets will need to match your counter tops as well as your floor and appliances, including your fridge, dishwasher, and stove. If you have ultra modern polished concrete counter tops, you might choose ultra modern styles for cabinets and sinks for your kitchen remodeling, or if you prefer marble counter tops, you’ll have to choose flooring and kitchen cabinets that match. It’s usually a good idea to choose countertops, cabinets and flooring first, and to choose your dishwasher, sinks, oven, fridge, and paint colour last. If you’re hiring an interior designer to help you with your kitchen remodeling, they can help you choose sinks, cabinets, floors, paint colours, and a fridge and oven that match and fit with the style of kitchen you’re going for. Kitchen remodeling can do a lot for the overall appeal of a house. If you’re entertaining friends, it’s nice to have a state of the art kitchen with new appliances that work and a clean organized workspace.
Having lots of cabinets designed specially to suit your needs can make a kitchen much more organized. When you get home from work, a clean organized kitchen makes cooking dinner less of a chore. If you want to feel like you’re hosting a cooking show when you cook dinner for your family or friends, you should consider remodeling your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are very popular at the moment. They’re sleek and clean and withstand a lot of wear and tear. If you would like a more traditional kitchen, you might prefer a white oven, fridge, and dishwasher, with some simple cherry wood cabinets. For a country style kitchen, consider a gas stove with a bright enamel finish in red or yellow. If you’re married and you’re remodeling your kitchen with all new appliances, make sure that you and your spouse choose the appliances together and be certain that you agree on exactly how your kitchen remodeling project’s going to go. This can avoid a lot of problems later when your fridge and stove and dishwasher are delivered to your home. If one of you doesn’t like it, it’s really too bad, unless you want to pay for the fridge or dishwasher or stove to be delivered back to the store and replaces with a new one. This will delay your kitchen remodeling and if you’ve hired a contractor to install everything, could end up costing you a lot more than you bargained for.
Most people who don’t have experience in serious home renovations or kitchen remodeling hire a contractor to fit all the kitchen appliances and fixtures including their stove and fridge, as well as taking care of cabinets and countertops and plumbing for the sinks. If you already have a good idea of what you want the layout of your kitchen to look like, you can do some of the easy work yourself to save money on your kitchen remodeling project. The less work the contractors have to do in your kitchen, the less it should cost – unless you have absolutely no idea how to install a dishwasher or oven, in which case doing it yourself could actually cost you more. Some of the simpler jobs that you might be able to do without any experience include painting the walls and replacing the flooring. But don’t et me wrong: kitchen remodeling is by no means easy; it requires a lot of time and hard work. You will probably be without a stove, a fridge, a dishwasher, sinks, and kitchen cabinets while your kitchen remodeling is taking place. In fact, you’ll probably be getting a lot of take out food because there’s not much you can do in terms of cooking without a fridge or an oven in your kitchen. Not having a dishwasher is less serious because you can wash your dishes by hand. This can’t work however if you have don’t have kitchen sinks. Hopefully, if you’re very organized and don’t run into any problems, your kitchen remodeling won’t take too long and you’ll be able to get back to your every day life fairly quickly. But kitchen remodeling projects often take longer than expected because you have to depend on the coordination of so many things. For instance, if the oven you want is out of stock or your fridge delivery is delayed, or your dishwasher gets damaged in transit, it could set you back days or even weeks with your kitchen remodeling. If you’re just doing a partial kitchen remodeling and you don’t need new cabinets or counters installed, your kitchen will be ready to use much sooner.
Most new houses come equipped with very nice kitchens that won’t require kitchen remodeling for years to come, except maybe to replace a stove or fridge after a while. Dishwashers tend to break down before most fridges and stoves because they get clogged up with bits of food and broken glass. But kitchen remodeling is easy if you’re simply replacing an oven or a fridge. Usually installing a fridge or stove is simply a matter of plugging it in. Replacing a dishwasher is not much more complicated because installing a dishwasher usually just involves hooking up the new bits to where the old connections used to carry water in and out. Installing new kitchen cabinets, counter tops, back splashes, and sinks can take a lot more time and expertise. Custom counter tops and cabinets must be cut to fit your kitchen. After you’ve chosen the sink you want in your new kitchen, you’ll need to cut a hole in the counter to fit it and then secure it in place. Kitchen cabinets are even more tricky because they must be mounted to the wall and must be able to hold a lot of weight from heavy dishes. You’ll also want to be sure that your kitchen cabinets are level so that all your dishes don’t slide to one end. Shoddy do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling jobs can be disastrous and might end up costing a lot more than if you’d had professional do the work.
Though some kitchen remodeling can usually be done without previous kitchen remodeling experience, there are lots of things you shouldn’t attempt if you don’t know what you’re doing. There’s a reason for people paying so much for contractors to do their kitchen remodeling, especially when it comes to custom made kitchen cabinets and counter tops. Kitchen remodeling might cost a lot, especially if you choose pricy appliances like a wine fridge or remote controlled oven, but when it’s complete, you’ll have a beautiful kitchen to relax in, cook in, or entertain your friends in.
Your new oven and LCD screen fridge and custom made kitchen cabinets will make you the envy of all your friends and neighbours. The only down side is that you might have them inviting themselves over for dinner all the time so that they can hangout in your beautiful newly remodeled kitchen and bake cakes in your beautiful new oven and drink ice cold champagne from your beautiful new fridge.