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Dream Kitchen Renovation Tips

The Martha Stewart Show

1. Set a budget. Transforming your kitchen can be as simple as refacing your cabinets and adding a coat of paint to your walls, or as complicated as a full demolition and renovation. Only your budget can determine what is right for you.

2. When you start planning your renovation, ask yourself some simple questions: How does your family live in your kitchen? Is it formal? Casual? How do you use your kitchen? This will help you decide what the kitchen should look like.

3. Working with a qualified contractor can help you navigate the challenges and guide you through the unknown elements of building a new kitchen.

4. Know the specifications of your appliances and the location of your light switches and fixtures before plumbers and electricians come to your home and before the walls are closed.

5. When designing your kitchen, we recommend working with a professional designer who can answer many of your questions and offer ideas that may not have occurred to you.

6. Make sure your floor is level and that the sub-flooring is even; this will help you when you install your new flooring.

7. When you are looking at new appliances, choose style, dependability, and energy efficiency.

8. When you order your countertops, you need to know what kind of edge you want and the height of the backsplash.

9. Decide what areas you want to light and make sure you choose the right lighting for your space.

10. Once you have picked out the foundational pieces, such as the cabinets, the appliances, and the paint color, start looking for special touches like drawer pulls and doorknobs.

11. Pay attention to details -- they will turn your construction project into a finished and elegant room.

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