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Remodeling an outdated kitchen can be overwhelming especially when horror stories surface in the wake of a remodel. Not all kitchen remodels cost an astronomical amount of money. There are many budget-friendly avenues to explore when the decision has been made to move forward with the process. Initial research before demolition is essential. Determine a budget amount this will keep the project moving forward. When planning your remodel, take time to do some research. Product comparisons will aid in the decision making process when choosing cabinets, counter tops and flooring. Know your budget and try to adhere to the goal of achieving the desired look without overextending. 1) Keep within the same layout. One large cost saving factor to a kitchen remodel is to keep the same layout. When plumbing and electrical doesn’t have to be redirected many dollars can be saved from not having to hire additional contractors for the job. 2) Paint the cabinets. If cabinets are in good shape and of some quality, painting will be most cost effective compared to purchasing new cabinets. This option will also provide a wide variety of colors to choose from. 3) Stock cabinets. When staying with the existing kitchen layout and painting the cabinets isn’t an option; measure the cabinet boxes and replace with stock cabinets. Local home improvement stores can assist with the ordering details. If cabinets can be ordered without being custom-made, additional money will be saved by going this route. 4) Remove upper cabinets. Making your kitchen look bigger without knocking down walls and staying within the same footprint is easy. Most times an overabundance of unnecessary kitchen items are stored in cabinets. These items are rarely used or at one time may have seen more usage. Purge kitchen items that take up space. By removing upper cabinets the kitchen space will now visually appear larger. 5) Remove upper cabinet doors. If removing upper cabinets from the space isn’t an option, remove upper cabinet doors instead. This avenue will allow for glasses and dishware to be easily accessible and will ensure that unnecessary clutter won’t be seen. 6) Floor replacement. Reassessing the kitchen floor for replacement is a big factor in updating. An inexpensive ceramic tile can be used to update the look. Using a builder’s grade ceramic will cut down on material replacement costs. 7) Counter top replacement. If choosing to replace the kitchen counter top, consider a grade 1 granite to keep the cost down. Granite can be expensive especially if a larger kitchen is being remodeled. Keeping to a grade 1 compared to a grade 4 or 5 exotic stone will still give you an updated new kitchen look. 8) Sink and faucet. Change out the sink and faucet if the decision is made to keep the existing counter top, replace the sink and update the faucet hardware. These small changes will make a large impact on the new kitchen look. 9) Change out cabinet hardware and hinges. This is an easy update that will have tremendous impact on the cabinets. Using a newer fresher style cabinet or bin pull depending on the style of the kitchen is a change worth implementing. So many new styles are available to choose from. 10) Update lighting. A quick and updated look can also happen by making a lighting change. Remove that old florescent light over the sink and replace it with a funky stylish pendant light. Most times the florescent light is hidden behind a cornice bridge that joins cabinets over the sink. This board is usually only decorative. Remove this cornice and expose the newly installed pendant light. Being aware of the project budget and conducting product research will result in a newly updated kitchen space without breaking the bank.
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Replacing Kitchen Floor Without Removing Cabinets

1 Vote Edit Answer (for another -26 minute) The reasons to install the tile first are;1. Water leaks from refrigerator,ice maker, dishwasher, etc. will not seep easily into the cabinets, as they are not below the tile,they are above it. Could save a lot of damage.2. The tile guy should charge less labor , as he doesn’t have to make all the cuts around the cabinets.3. Looks better without all the grout around cabinets Source: www.bayareacool.com Answered 3 years ago by BayAreaAC Report It 0 Votes Edit Answer (for another -43 minute) I have done kitchens both ways and the finished product looks the same. As far as advantages to tiling under the cabinets it will allow changes in cabinets later since the tile is there and even if you do a complete cabinet remodel down the road if you pick a tile that is of a classic look it may work with a new layout. I have had to make changes to kitchens to allow for handicap needs by the sink and this would help in that case. Water leaks in my opinion are not a major concern but with the tile under the cabinets it would let you notice a leak in the dishwasher or refrigerator sooner because it will run over the floor and not under it between the tile and subfloor. If your floor is out of level it may speed the cabinet install if the tile is installed in a workman like manner. A good installer can level the cabinets with shims but in extreme cases it can show in the toe kick reveal. I had one case where I had to remove newly installed cabinets that were put on a floor that was out 1 5/8 inches in 8 feet and the homeowner did not find out till the granite was being installed and they found out the counter would be at a different height on each side of the stove. If you pick out an expensive tile you could save a bit depending on the size of the kitchen, my own it would save about 60 SF of tile and labor.Either way will work and should look the same.Don Answered 3 years ago by ContractorDon Report It 0 Votes Edit Answer (for another -20 minute) If you DO tile in under the cabinets, there is no water seal at the cabinet base as there would be if there was base or shoe put there, which would stop water from going under the cabinets. Therefore, if you get a leak, spill on the floor, or flood the floor, the liquid will go in under the cabinet base along the lower grout lines and can mold there, or cause delamination of the base plywood or veneer, and soak into the subfloor. Your best bet is to tile to the walls and caulk that interface (you don’t want shoe or base there as it will keep cabinets from going all the way in), linoleum or vinyl in the cabinet under the sink INCLUDING a few inches up the walls inside so any leak there comes out the doors, tile with base in the dishwasher and clothes washer (if in kitchen alcove) and stove and reefer recesses so those areas are waterproofed at the edge, then when the cabinets are put down put a rubber seal or silicone caulk under the front edge, so water cannot run in under the cabinets.The only two negatives to doing this are the caulk or seal can leave a mark on the tile if you ever changed to shallower cabeints (though can be removed with some effort), and if the water pipes leak behind the cabinets then the water can not get out to the kitchen floor, so can leak downstairs before you notie it. However, this is far less common than leaks under the sink, from the washer or dishwasher, or spills on the floor.If you do tile under the cabinets, be sure to get level specification from the cabinet/countertop contractors to provide to the tile contrator, because he is then going to have to be the one to level any uneven flooring, instead of the casbinet installer levelling with shims. Answered 3 years ago by LCD Report It
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Replacing Kitchen Floor Without Removing Cabinets

Some installers lay ceramic tile from wall to wall and then set cabinets on top of the tile, making tile installation easier than cutting the tile to fit around the cabinets. Homeowners may wish to replace old, worn, dated and damaged ceramic floor tiles to update the kitchen and make the space more attractive. Removing the cabinets to reveal the trapped floor tiles is labor intensive and challenging. Fortunately, removing and replacing ceramic tile is possible without removing the cabinets.
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Replacing Kitchen Floor Without Removing Cabinets

My wife and I are doing a kitchen remodel. I talked to many different contractors and read articles from several sources on this topic before we made our decision. From everything I’ve learned, it’s strictly a matter of preference. There are pro’s and con’s to either option- If you install cabinets then the floor and at some point in the future, you want to change your cabinets or your kitchen layout, you’ll have to replace your whole floor or try to find a match for the existing floor, which could be tricky. If you floor under the cabinets, you’ll spend a little more money, because you’ll be flooring an area you can’t see. (Most builders don’t floor under the cabinets for this reason.) After much thought, we decided to install the floor, then the cabinets. Sure it costs a little more, but for us we felt it was the right thing to do.

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