From Dean Dowd on February 07, 2007 in Kitchen Remodel
The options of updating as opposed to renovating
If the kitchen is due for a major (potentially structural) change, a complete renovation might be what you’re looking for. Complete kitchen renovations can include moving of walls, plumbing, and electrical features, and/or installation of all new appliances, as well as changing the materials and color scheme of the kitchen. Any time the floor-plan changes or features are completely gutted and replaced, it will entail a longer, more costly and elaborate project. Of course, the end result will be a very dramatic change in the aesthetics and functionality of the kitchen.
Many homeowners want to update their kitchens but don’t want to go through the process and financial expense of a complete renovation. For these people, there are many effective solutions for giving the kitchen a new look without breaking the bank. Modest changes like refinishing the existing cabinets or replacing certain appliances can go a long way. Other options include a new paint job, replacing countertops and backsplash, and installing fans and new lighting fixtures. Finally, even retiling or refinishing the floors can make a huge difference in an older kitchen.