Kitchen Remodeling Plans

Over 20 percent of remodeling projects involve the kitchen. They range from replacing the flooring to a complete replacement of all kitchen components. Why remodel the kitchen? Even in the day of the microwave, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is here that people prepare and share food. It may be to simply add milk to boxed cereal or to reheat a meal, but it is still important.

For some families, the kitchen is where impromptu meetings are held to discuss the day or the morrow. For others, the kitchen is the room that offers the greatest efficiency in the home. If the living room is the head of the house, the kitchen is the stomach.

Which kitchen remodeling projects are most popular? Because of the change in cooking and eating habits in most homes - from stove to microwave and from dining room to TV trays - the kitchen has also changed. It is now the place where people go during commercial breaks. In those few minutes, a quick meal or snack can be prepared - or at least moved from the freezer to the microwave and started. SO popular kitchen remodeling projects are often those that make the room more convenient and more attractive.

Leading the list of kitchen remodeling projects is changing cabinetry to hold a built-in microwave. Another is the installation or upgrading of a dishwasher and garbage disposal in an older home. Countertop replacement is also near the top of the remodeling list. So is cabinet replacement or refinishing.

Kitchen remodeling can be as expensive or as inexpensive as your budget allows. Adding shelving or replacing a flooring can cost less than $500. A full kitchen remodel with new cabinets and appliances can approach or surpass $10,000. Enhancing lighting can range from $200 to $1,000. Resurfacing existing cabinets and countertops will cost $1,000 to $4,000.