Considering a Kitchen Remodel?Ask the Experts if Cabinet Refacing Will Work for You

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Question: I live in a home that was built in the 70’s. My kitchen provides me with plenty of room and I like the floor-plan, but it is furnished with dark cabinets, laminate counters and dated wall paper that make it feel dingy and small. We’d like to brighten it up, add an island, and incorporate a workstation as a small office. Our budget is about $20,000 but aren’t sure where to start?

Answer: It seems that you already have some general ideas about how you would like your kitchen to look and function. I would start by prioritizing the things that you feel are the most important. Clip magazine pictures from magazines that match your ideas and the style you’re looking for. This will help give your contractor exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish.

There are several options for you to consider from new/custom cabinetry to cabinet refacing to replacing your laminate counter with solid surface, granite, tile, or quartz. Be mindful that existing structurally sound cabinets can be refaced with new solid wood doors and drawer fronts. Additional cabinetry, like an island can be incorporated into most cabinet refacing projects. Unlike replacing old cabinets with new, most cabinet refacing projects can be completed in a matter of days and there’s less remodeling mess to contend with. Many species of wood, stains, and glazes are available to choose from. Cabinet refacing also allows for any number of kitchen accessories that can help keep your kitchen organized.

A reputable contractor can help you evaluate what would work best in your kitchen. So that our expectations are being met, be sure to provide your contractor with a budget that works for you.

For more information on cabinet refacing, check out our article – Cabinet Refacing – Is it the Best Option For Your Kitchen Remodeling Project.  And be sure to research kitchen remodeling costs and their return on investment if you are considering a remodeling project as part of your goal to update your kitchen.

Also, if you would like more information about finding the right kitchen remodeling contractor, see Finding Kitchen Remodeling Contractors for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Project and Six Questions to Ask Contractors For Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling Project.

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