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.