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Create a Budget
As a general rule of thumb, a total kitchen remodel (including cabinets, countertops, installation and appliances) costs about 5-15% of the home value. Kitchen cabinets typically make up about 1/3rd of the total kitchen remodel cost.
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Measurements for a Remodel
The rule of a thumb for a remodel is to measure your space twice -- even three times. This information is critical to your new design, and you must be sure it’s precise.
Pictured kitchen: Maidstone in Maple/Ground Nutmeg-Rum Highlight, by Martha Stewart Living
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If you're not sure what you're getting yourself into, take a look at our kitchen remodel guide with key considerations for each point in your project.
Pictured kitchen: Mount Desert in Oak/Sesame, by Martha Stewart Living
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The process of remodeling your way to a new and improved kitchen usually comes with the downfall of having to spend a bit of time with no kitchen at all. Get everything you need to set up a stopgap ahead of time using a variety of key appliances and staples, like a hot plate and a mini fridge.
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Make it easy to prepare, serve, and store food in your kitchen. Carefully consider the placement of your sink, your range or stovetop, and your refrigerator when designing your remodel.
Pictured kitchen: Dunemere PureStyle™ in Picket Fence, by Martha Stewart Living
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Surface protection is so important to the maintenance and beauty of a new kitchen. Plan for protection throughout your remodel, so your kitchen and all its contents will wear well together.
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A beloved kitchen is the result of careful planning and coordination. As you select cabinetry, flooring, finishes, countertops, and cabinet hardware, always refer to your overall color palette. It will unify all the elements of the room.