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Getting the most out of your kitchen remodel

By Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows November 17, 2010

Let’s talk kitchens and the wonderful, painful process of remodeling them. The finished projects can add a lot to a home’s value, and to your enjoyment of it, but the actual remodeling can be a huge pain. Luckily, some experts have tips! offers some tips for those preparing to start on the kitchen remodeling adventure. Our favorites:

  • Budget, budget, budget. We really can’t emphasize this enough: For any remodeling project, if you don’t set a clear budget well ahead of starting, you will find yourself disappointed and frustrated. Budgeting helps you keep your expectations in check, forces you to educate yourself and prepares you for pitfalls that might crop up along the way. Make a budget.
  • Create your team! Unless you are a building professional, you won’t be able to do this all by yourself. Find experienced professionals you can trust. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is a good place to start in finding someone to remodel your kitchen.
  • Get your permit. Seriously, don’t forget this one. Follow the rules and your kitchen remodel will have a decent chance at going smoothly.

Since we’re all on a budget. Calfinder offers some good ideas for ways to bring the cost down, namely choosing energy efficient appliances and long-lasting countertops. It’s important to remember that spending as little money during the actual remodeling might not be the smartest move. For instance, an ENERGY STAR-rated dishwasher that lowers your water bill over the years is probably a better buy than the cheaper water hog.

With a little planning, your kitchen remodel can add many years of enjoyment to your home.