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Planning Your Dream Kitchen

By: HHR Staff ~ Colbyt

Kitchens are quickly becoming one of the most used rooms in any house. People like to entertain where they cook, but also families tend to gather in the question for conversation while meals are prepared. So if you spend so much time in the kitchen, why not plan a project to turn your ordinary kitchen into a dream kitchen? Creating a dream kitchen can be an expensive venture, but usually will pay off both immediately and upon the eventual sale of your home. So here are a few tips to use when planning and designing your dream kitchen.

The first part of kitchen design always revolves around appliances. There are so many different types of appliances to choose from that there really are no standard shapes any more. You can buy giant cook-tops with burners and grills, separate refrigerator and freezers, and in range microwaves that clear up counter space for other items. Plan your budget to allow for appliances that will compliment the design and utility of the kitchen, but don't feel like you have to go all out if you don't cook that much.

Granite countertops are certainly some of the best kinds of countertops that you can use because they are durable and great looking, but there are also tons of simulated marble and stone styles that can help you save on your budget. If you are going to buy nice appliances and cabinets, make sure that you don't overlook the countertops either.

Fixtures can go a long way towards turning a kitchen into a dream kitchen. You can buy all types of styles and colors, but some of the best are those that stay clean and are easy to use. You can buy brass, silver, or black and white, but choose a design that reflects the message you are trying to convey in your kitchen design.

Cabinets are the most important part of the kitchen because they are the most difficult to replace. Although you can easily replace just the front of the cabinets, it is best to replace the entire piece while you can. Cabinets are usually the first thing that people notice when they enter a kitchen, so when planning your dream kitchen make sure you choose something that goes well with the flooring and appliances.

You can buy vinyl, ceramic, marble, or another fancy type of tile for relatively little expense these days. However, some people prefer wood floors over tile or stone and depending on what the rest of your kitchen looks like, wood may be the way to go. Generally, if you have small children you might want to stick to softer materials, such as vinyl or wood in the event of a dropped plate or glass. However, also keep your design in mind and find something that looks good and is durable.

Planning a dream kitchen is fun, even if you don't plan on implementing it for a while. Just knowing what you want goes a long way towards helping you plan for the future. Although the costs may be tremendous, you will more than likely recoup the investment in usability and attractiveness to potential buyers down the road.

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