How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

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

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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.

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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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