Welcome to the first post of ReliableRemodeler.com's new feature: Expert Interviews. I am working to gather a wide range of experts in the home improvement and remodeling field to bring you their insight and experience. There is only so much I know, so bringing in experts and asking them about their specialities will get the best information to you, and hopefully give you some insight into a project you may have been considering.
Today we start with the kitchen, the heart of the home, and one of the most popular rooms to be remodeled by homeowners. I've asked Linda Fennessy of Kitchen Magic to lend her 5 years of industry expertise to our site by answering the following questions about kitchen remodeling:
1. What do you think is the most important feature of any kitchen? Why? The most important part of the kitchen is its style. The kitchen should always reflect the lifestyle of its owners. If there are usually more than two cooks, then there should be ample space for more than one person in the general preparation area. If other tasks are done in the kitchen, (homework and arts & crafts) then there should be seating at the island for these projects. And finally, the style of the kitchen. This will resemble the style of its owner to a "T"-comtemporary, traditional, eclectic or colorful. -Kitchen Magic has hundreds of color and style combinations to choose from.
2. For a homeowner on a budget, what kind of kitchen project would you recommend for them to get the most change in look and function, and to get the most bang for their buck? To get the most out of a kitchen budget, cabinet refacing, in wood or laminate, with Corian countertops is the best bet! Refacing saves up to 50% over all new cabinetry and you generally can't tell the difference. 80% of what you see in your kitchen is doors and drawer fronts. If your cabinets are sturdy and the layout is staying the same, then cabinet refacing is the answer...The perfect solution for the kitchen. Now that you saved with cabinet refacing, you can afford to upgrade the appliances or that dated old floor.
Example of kitchen cabinet refacing
3. Are there any new products or materials on the market that you really like for the kitchen? Kitchen Magic has exclusive color and styles of laminate doors not offered by anyone else in their market area. Our new Vintage Glazed series has the look of a designer wood door, priced significantly less. Plus, laminate is more kitchen friendly and easier to clean.
In the coming weeks look for more expert interviews on topics beyond the kitchen.