How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

It's one of the toughest rooms to redo, but we'll guide you through the process.
Italian Kitchen

Italian Kitchen

Image courtesy of Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty

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Photo Courtesy: Gene Northup

The kitchen is one of the most complicated remodeling projects because of all the decisions you will make throughout the process. We'll walk you through this with our planning and buying guides, covering everything from foundation appliances, cabinetry, surfaces and finishes to sustainable products and extras like wine coolers and microwave drawers.

According to Remodeling magazine, a major kitchen renovation can result in a return on investment of between 61 and 70 percent of the cost.

Sleek, Modern Kitchens

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Sleek and Fun Kitchen

Sleek finishes, such as the stainless steel island and glossy cabinets, create a modern look in this kitchen design. Patterned chairs and bold, bright artwork offset the room's modern elements. Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

Retro or Modern Kitchen?

This space offers the best of both retro and modern design styles. The sleek counter and stainless steel range hood bring a modern feel, while the bright accent colors and chairs are a blast from the past. Overall, the kitchen is designed to entertain and impress. Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

Futuristic Kitchen Style

This kitchen is the epitome of sleek and modern. The space features stainless steel appliances and cabinetry, hardwood floors and monochromatic countertops. The light fixture and frosted glass upper cabinets also give the kitchen a futuristic feel. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Warm Accents

Dark walnut cabinetry builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials like stainless steel, custom glass and granite enhance the modern aesthetic while maintaining the elegance of the space. Butter yellow leather stools are the perfect accent to the room. Design by Gregory Augustine

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Open Kitchen, Perfect for Parties

With a thin, sleek island, this open kitchen is the perfect place to entertain guests. The clean white countertop and cabinets have a modern look, especially in combination with the stainless steel range hood and other appliances. The blue tiles and purple chairs create an interesting accent. Photo by Rio Constantini. Design by Danenberg Design

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Concrete Kitchen Countertops

Five-inch-thick charcoal concrete countertops are the focal point of this striking kitchen. The sleek linear hardware and flat cabinet doors enhance the modern feel. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Conveniences

This kitchen has all the modern conveniences that a chef needs. The blue light fixtures under the cabinets draw attention to the tiled backsplash. The island is the perfect space for preparing meals or entertaining guests. The stainless appliances, along with the neutral wall colors and countertops, contrast the dark tones of the cabinetry, enhancing the modern feel. Design by Vanessa DeLeon in New Jersey

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Eco-Friendly Kitchen

This sleek kitchen features eco-friendly appliances, following the modern trend of "going green." The countertops match the stainless steel appliances and range hood, and the flat cabinet doors maintain the clean-lined, sleek look. The kitchen also features plenty of natural light and views of an outdoor fountain, which makes eating and cooking in this space a refreshing experience. Design by Lori Dennis

Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Natural Accents Countertops

A recessed cooktop with a seamless cover is hidden in the stainless steel island countertop to maximize counter space for entertaining and everyday use. Red slate, walnut floors, stone walls and brightly colored stools offset the crisp stainless steel and create a warm tailored look. Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Modern and Eclectic Kitchen

This industrial modern kitchen features custom wood cabinetry and white subway-style tiles. Vintage finds like tractor seat stools and industrial hanging lights create a modern yet eclectic mix of old and new. Design by Randy Weinstein

Photo By: Designer, Randy Weinstein

Evolution of the Kitchen

Over time, the kitchen has evolved from a place where food is simply prepared and served in another room into a multi-function open area that is the heart and soul of the home. No matter its size, the kitchen is a big part of every modern household.

When remodeling a kitchen, think function, efficiency, style and longevity. A kitchen should last for 20 years or more, says Mary Jo Peterson, principal, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. "Choose cabinets you love, and a layout that works for your family’s lifestyle," she advises.

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