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5-ways-of-saving-money-on-your-kitchen-remodel-arlington-vaAs the new year pushes on, warmer weather means more people will be beginning spring and summer kitchen remodeling jobs, hoping to increase the value of their property, and increase functionality for themselves.

But when it comes to kitchen remodeling, you can take either of two paths: very expensive or penny pincher. 

So while many people don't have the funds to take on a full job, tearing down and building up, many do have the money to take on the job without going bankrupt. Don't believe us? Here are 5 ways you can save money on your kitchen remodel.

1. Counters don't have to be granite. That is, they can still be solid, while maintaining charm and use, and not be expensive. Solid surface veneer (SSV) is a great way to get that solid look and feel without sacrificing your entire budget.

2. Install granite tiles instead. Or other solid surface tiles. Slabs cost about $75 per square foot, whereas tiles only run $20 per square foot. Plus, after install, no one will be able to tell the difference.

3. No reconfiguring necessary. Save tons of money by leaving your kitchen in its current configuration. Then you won't have to pay a plumber, an electrician, and so on, and you can simply replace old appliances with new ones. Generally, half of a homeowner's budget is tied up in reconfiguration. 

4. Do the shopping on your own. There's no harm in hiring a designer and a contractor to do the work your can't, but sometimes that means letting them do the shopping, which can kill your budget. So to save money, take matters into your own hands and buy all the materials yourself. You'll save 15 to 20% doing it yourself.

5. Closeout appliances abide. You can have all of that special newness in a brand new appliance without a second mortgage. Simply buy closeout models. What's a closeout model? Usually, it's a discontinued version of a newer model. There is rarely nothing wrong with them, except they didn't sell well. They usually carry a regular warranty too. Ask around, you'll find considerable savings using this method.

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de3c1082-3c45-4211-c839-f42cd84552b9-thumbKitchen remodeling is hot. With so many options, it’s important to distinguish between what’s a fleeting trend and what’s going to make you happy for decades to come. According to a recent Forbes article, there are several kitchen remodel trends that homeowners should avoid. Of course, embrace a trend if you personally love a particular style or kitchen design feature for your Virginia or Maryland home. Not everyone is concerned about resale value, but about having the kitchen of their dreams. According to Forbes, the average cost of a kitchen remodel is now more than $50,000.

Parking your appliances

People used to park their appliances in appliance garages, but appliance garages take up a lot of counter space. A design expert can help you choose cabinets that open up to store pots and pans, spices and fine china. Illuminated kitchen cupboards are especially helpful. Cabinet drawers may be used to file papers. Trash and recycling cans can slide in and out of cabinetry as well.

Using updated backsplashes

Another important kitchen remodeling tip is to select a backsplash that fits the overall style of your home whether it’s country, contemporary or transitional. According to Forbes, the 4-inch backsplash trend has been replaced by porcelain, ceramic or glass tile that covers walls instead of just a few inches.

A kitchen island as a focal point

Kitchen islands are both practical and attractive. Ceiling-mounted racks to hang pots used to be popular, but can also be an eyesore. Many kitchen islands have built-in storage and see-through compartments. In a smaller kitchen, you may opt for a mobile kitchen cart to dress up your kitchen.

Other kitchen remodeling considerations include whether to choose stainless steel or the new colorful appliances. Should you pick the popular granite or choose something else? According to a piece by Houzz, popular countertop materials includes soapstone, copper, engineered quartz, tile, recycled glass, marble, concrete and stainless steel. A professional designer can help you with a kitchen palette that matches the overall style of your home.

At Natelli Homes Architectural Design and Construction Services, we help homeowners transform their kitchens. For help in renovating your kitchen or any other space in your Virginia or Maryland home, please contact us.

natellihomes3It has been said for years (and it's true!) the kitchen is always the heart of any home. It's where dinners are created, gatherings end up, and parties evolve to. So making sure that your kitchen is up-to-date and full of innovation is important.

Planning on upgrading to the highest quality? Here are 5 kitchen remodeling must-haves for a luxury design.

1. Exotic Countertops 

Not granite. Granite is out (for now). What is in is exotic woods and veneers. Consider upgrading your countertops to zebrawood, African mahogany, lyptus, and teak instead. Add a tiled backsplash and say goodbye to the old and outdated.

2. Wall Ovens

Over the last several years ovens have come a long way. They are smaller, more economical, have better cleaning functions, are ergonomic and sometimes come with wireless control. Want to set your oven to come on while you're at work? Hook it up to your home network and you can have pot roast the minute you walk in.

3. Nearly Silent Dishwashers

Currently, the quietest dishwasher on the market only puts out about 38-42 decibels (DBs). That's just above a whisper, and probably a heck of a lot quieter than your current model. Additionally, look for dishwashers that are Energy Star Compliant, have half-load options, and built-in softeners. The dishwasher in your new luxury kitchen should be convenient to use and well worth the money.

4. Induction Cooktops

What was once just a tradeshow magic, and professional kitchen materiel, is popping up in home kitchens all over the place. Advantages: precision, bridging cooking zones for larger pots, wider griddle space. Disadvantages: specialized cookware, but in the end worth the extra trouble.

5. Built-in Refrigerators 

Built-in refrigerators are sleek and give a kitchen a touch subtle elegance while adding a streamlined, integrated look and feel. Top of the line models come with many amenities, like humidity-controlled veggie drawers, sealed snack pans, easy to use front controls, and digital readouts for a precise temperature in any weather.

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