Tried-and-true tips for your kitchen re­model

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When re­mod­el­ing your kitchen, it can be tricky to know where to start. Cer­ti­fied Kitchen De­signer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a de­signer cer­ti­fied by the Na­tional Kitchen and Bath As­so­ci­a­tion, Camp has de­signed thou­sands of kitchens in her 35-year ca­reer, in­clud­ing her own. With a new­found per­sonal un­der­stand­ing of re­mod­el­ing chal­lenges, Camp has pulled to­gether her top tips for a suc­cess­ful kitchen re­vamp.

Re­quire con­trac­tor ref­er­ences

As you start to look for kitchen de­sign­ers and con­trac­tors, ask for ref­er­ences from their last few jobs and call those ref­er­ences to ask about the ex­pe­ri­ence. Ask spe­cific ques­tions: How did they leave the job­site? Are they loud? Did they show up too early?

Tra­di­tional vs. con­tem­po­rary

You may find your­self grav­i­tat­ing to­ward a kitchen style that will look for­eign in your cur­rent house. By adding un­ex­pected el­e­ments, you can in­cor­po­rate more con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes in a tra­di­tional space, or vice versa, with­out com­pletely dis­con­nect­ing from the house style. Look for brands like Ne­olith (ne­olith.com) that of­fer a mul­ti­tude of style op­tions for the larger sur­face ar­eas of your kitchen.

A lit­tle space can add a lot

When work­ing with a smaller

kitchen, re­sist the urge to put cab­i­nets ev­ery­where. Less-com­mon de­sign op­tions, like run­ning cab­i­nets along only one wall, se­lect­ing mid-high cab­i­nets, or im­ple­ment­ing an art wall, can do won­ders to break up the space.

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