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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for the New Year

As each New Year approaches many homeowners turn to remodeling projects to help improve the function and value of their home. Because so much time is spent in the kitchen, kitchen remodeling is a hot project. It can sometimes be difficult to come up with good ideas for improving and updating the kitchen so it can be helpful to know some good resources for ideas.

As you brainstorm ideas for your new kitchen you may want to formulate a plan first. The plan should include the areas to be remodeled. Do you need updated appliances? Are your countertops screaming to be replaced? Are your cabinets old and worn? Does the floor need replacing? Once you have decided what to include in your remodeling project the next decision is will you be hiring professional decorators or will you be tackling the job yourself? It can be expensive to hire professionals and doing the job yourself can not only save you money but be very satisfying too. You may also take into consideration how much you can afford to put into your remodeling budget as this may help you decide if you have the funds to hire a professional.

Ideas can be found at do-it-yourself hardware stores, home improvement magazines, and online. You may also find helpful books at your local bookstore or at your library that show various kitchen repairs and kitchen remodeling plans. Books such as:

Kitchen Makeovers for Any Budget: Layout, Design, Build by Chris Gleason

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Kitchens: *Do-it-yourself and Save* Third Edition* Design & Planning* Quick Updates* Custom Cabinetry…on a Budget by Editors of Cpi

All New Kitchen Idea Book (Taunton Home Idea Books) by Joanne Kellar Bouknight.

I have always found great home remodeling ideas in “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine and “Workbench Magazine”. You can find magazines in most local libraries or browse through the magazine stack at your local grocery store or bookstore.

One online site that I have turned to for years has been the popular hgtv.com site. They have a fantastic kitchen section that is chocked full of ideas for anyone desiring to remodel a kitchen for the New Year. Once on the page you can find articles that feature 12 Designer Kitchens for Less, 10 Surprising Backsplash ideas, The 10 Hottest Countertops and Tips for a Functional Kitchen. Not sure what a backsplash is? Didn’t know countertops could be hot? Go ahead and read those articles you just might get some good ideas for your own kitchen.

Whether your kitchen remodeling project is small or extensive, low-budget or done by a professional it never hurts to check out the many ideas available online or in your community. A new, beautiful kitchen can do wonders for the value of your home and can chase away the blues, give you something new to look at as you make meals and give your friends something new to talk about. Have fun searching for kitchen remodeling ideas for the New Year.

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