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The process of putting together a new kitchen can be overwhelming, yet the finished result is worth the time and expense. Both you and your contractor will dedicate hours of careful planning to design a kitchen to custom fit your families needs and budget. You might be asking yourself how you can achieve having a new kitchen that is fully functional and stylish within your budget, and at the same time worth every dollar you decide to spend.

This planning guide will be useful for helping you make choices and set priorities. It would be a good idea to set up a "clip" file or folder with pictures and ideas that you have gathered from magazines, your own sketches or even photos of kitchens that you have personally seen and liked. You can take several ideas and put them together to design the perfect kitchen to suit your family's needs & desires.

The next step is to decide how much you would like to spend. Are you going to use the same space, building an addition, or are you going to expand the kitchen into a space previously used for another purpose?

Now you will need to think about how you will be utilizing the space and how you would like it to look & function. Deciding which features are absolutely essential, and which features are optional will help as we work through the planning process. It is equally important to establish a realistic budget and then manage it.

Only you know how much you are willing to spend. Don't be overly concerned how much your neighbors or friends have invested, make your kitchen what you want! The longer you plan on living in your home, the less concerned you should be with re-sale. If you are planning on selling your home, it would be wise to talk to a real estate agent and get an idea of what kitchen features help sell a home in your area.

Specific finishes and treatments will have a direct bearing on the final costs. Would you like Granite countertops and Cherry Cabinets? Are you thinking of tile flooring, wood, laminate or vinyl?

Storage space is also often a priority for many families. Are you going to need a large pantry space, would you like pullout trays in the cabinets? Would you like a desk, work, or hobby area? Other features to think about are lighting, cabinet style & finish, sinks and faucets.

For the purpose of ball- parking remodeling costs; Updating an existing 12-by-14 foot kitchen that is at least 25 years old with new cabinets, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures, countertops, paint & trim work, typically starts around $35,000, though occasionally less.

A simpler and more cost effective option for many people is to replace the countertops, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, and door & drawer pulls. This type of project varies on the amount of countertop space but is typically between $10,000 & $15,000 and gives the look and feel of a new kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

Your particular project is likely to be significantly different than either project listed above, but these numbers can help you set a realistic budget and establish priorities to reach your goals. Please take some time with your family & friends to discuss your wants and needs prior to our appointment.

Once you have brainstormed some ideas on how you want to enhance your living space, let Natural Breeze help put together a plan & proposal that will serve your family for many years to come.

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