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There’s a lot to think about when remodeling a kitchen, but by planning ahead and taking the process one step at a time, it might be easier than you think.

From layout to choosing a contractor to finding the perfect cabinets and countertops, we’ve taken the mystery out of remodeling your kitchen. Here are the important decisions you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

Generate Ideas

Spend time checking out books, magazines, websites, and tours of homes to spark ideas for your new kitchen. The kitchen section of building centers is another great source of information and inspiration.

Estimate Costs

Determine how much you can afford to spend on your kitchen remodel, and include a bit extra for unexpected expenses. A kitchen remodel will usually repay about 80% of the cost incurred, so don’t invest more than you will be able recover when you sell your home.

Planning and Layout

Enlist a kitchen designer to draw up plans for your new kitchen and help select the cabinets, countertops, and appliances to complement the design. Be sure to communicate your needs and likes to the designer.

Hire a Contractor

When hiring a contractor, check with your local home builders association to see if they are licensed and reputable. Obtain references of past jobs and check them out to be sure the contractor has a history of quality work.

Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing the cabinets in your kitchen is usually the most expensive item in a renovation. If new cabinets are not in your budget, consider refinishing or replacing the hardware on the existing cabinets instead. Major changes in the kitchen layout may involve moving or removing walls as well as rerouting plumbing and wiring.


There is a wide array of countertop choices today including plastic laminate, natural stone, manmade quartz, concrete, and solid surface materials. Prices, looks, durability, and installation costs can vary widely depending on the material used.


Remodeling a kitchen often involves replacing the floors. While ceramic tile is a common choice, wood floors are gaining in popularity. When installing a laminate floor, select one that is intended for use in high moisture areas.


Function and style are the most important considerations when selecting appliances for your kitchen. Make sure the appliances you choose will meet your needs and are energy efficient.

Faucet and Sink

Kitchen sinks are available today in a wide range of materials, sizes, styles, and finishes. Choose a sink with the proper number and location of holes to accommodate your faucet and accessories like filtered water taps or soap dispensers.


Proper lighting is an important consideration in a kitchen. Fixtures include hanging pendant lights, recessed ceiling fixtures, and low profile fluorescent lights that are mounted under hanging cabinets. Switches should be installed for each fixture, so they can be adjusted separately depending on the occasion.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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