Redo Your Kitchen Without Spending a Fortune
With the current real estate situation, many
people are making the decision to stay put. Rather than invest their money
in a move across town, they’re spending their investment dollars on
remodeling projects that will update their tired homes.
While complete makeovers -- which can cost in excess of $40,000 -- are
out of most people’s reach, there are some simple upgrades you can do to
make your kitchen more modern.
If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, your cabinets are
probably a lot darker than you’d like them to be. If the cabinet door
style works for you, a good option instead of replacing them is
refinishing. You can either paint over the current finish with white paint
or lacquer, or have new cabinet doors manufactured and fastened to the
existing framework. Either option will cost just a fraction of the amount
you’d spend on replacement cabinets.
Making the cabinets more functional is just as easy. Most older
cabinets can be retro-fitted with drawers that slide in and out to make
them more accessible. This option comes standard with today’s new
When it comes to appliances, a popular trend is to replace
the old yellow, green and brown refrigerators, stoves and dish washers
with stainless steel ones, making a room look more modern and clean.
The new trend in refrigerators is units with freezers on the bottom and
refrigerators on the top. Because of this configuration, they are more
energy efficient and thus less costly to operate. A lot of people are also
replacing stoves equipped with cast-iron or gas burners with glass
cooktops that are easier to clean.
The focus on cleaning ease is also apparent in today’s new sink styles.
The old standard -- self-rimming sinks -- are being replaced in popularity
by undercounter sinks. Without a sink rim to contend with, crumbs and
other food debris wipe easily into the sink.
“These sinks are very versatile from a design standpoint as well,” says
Andy Barber, kitchen products marketing manager at Kohler Co. “Cast iron
undercounter sinks in neutral tones are an excellent choice as the colors
blend seamlessly with granite and other solid surface countertops.”
Because they are heavier than stainless steel, installing a
cast iron kitchen sink has traditionally been cumbersome and time
consuming for plumbers, cabinetmakers and countertop installers; but
Barber says that with a Kohler Undermount Installation kit, even
do-it-yourselfers can complete the job easily.
- Counter tops
Because it adds such a refined look to a kitchen, is extremely hard,
and is resistant to scratches and heat, granite is one of the more popular
countertop materials today. At $55 per square foot installed, the material
doesn’t always fit in with many people’s budgets, so remodelers are
turning to alternative countertop materials like laminates and tile.
Another interesting material for countertops is concrete!
Concrete countertops are becoming increasingly popular, and you can even
DO IT YOURSELF! See our article on
how to create your own
concrete countertop here.
|These are just a few ideas to
give your kitchen a new look on a tight budget. For more kitchen
remodeling ideas, log on to www.kohler.com/kitchens. ||