The Browser: Kitchen Remodeling
The Browser: Kitchen Remodeling - Ideas, Advice and Planning Tools Online
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The thrill of kitchen remodeling always comes with a big negative: the specter of months of a war-zone-like construction area with cooking equipment boxed up for days, if not months.
Before you get to the renovation, there are an overwhelming number of questions to ask about appliances, backsplashes, counters, cabinet knobs, lighting, faucets and more that can quickly turn a dream project into an overwhelming nightmare. Too many choices and decisions!
Start the process right by investing energy into planning, so a new kitchen won't take any longer or be more exasperating than necessary. Here are several Web sites that will make the task easier without taking away the fun of creating a new space.
For photographic inspiration, check out Houzz (http:/
Void of any flashy photos or graphics, HowStuffWorks (http:/
Kitchens.com is a comprehensive site about kitchen design. It delves into basic layout concepts and budgets and keeps on top of trends. For example, visitors can view this year's popular kitchen colors (yellows and purples) as well as eco-friendly options. There's plenty of design inspiration, with before-and-after photos, videos about choosing lighting and cabinets, a blog and a marketplace where visitors can shop for faucets and tiles. Also helpful is a directory of kitchen designers organized by state.
Moving appliances virtually is a lot easier than lifting them in real life. Your back will thank you if you visit MyDesignIn (http:/
It's one thing to have a budget in mind and quite another to calculate those costs on paper. Superkitchens.com provides worksheets that help with crucial aspects of kitchen renovation, such as estimating costs and financing options. Plus, there are downloadable checklists for storage issues, questions to ask before hiring a contractor and measurement guidelines from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. These worksheets provide a solid reality check and can help rein in too many lofty ideas.