5 Kitchen Remodeling Projects to Tackle this Summer

This guest post is by Stephanie Cernivec in Marketing Communications at WarmlyYours Radiant Heating.

Summer is finally here, and that means entertaining family and friends is in full swing. When you’re hosting a group of people, you want your home to look its best. But what do you do if your house needs some updating? Start with the kitchen.

Family and friends typically gather in the kitchen to eat, drink and share stories. So, if your kitchen needs a little help in reflecting 21st century style, now is the time to get some updates out of the way. We’ve identified five remodeling projects that you can start right now that will completely revolutionize your kitchen. Some projects are simpler than others, but all of them will bring new flair to your kitchen. In the end, your guests will marvel at your new, modern kitchen.

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  1. Replace the hardware on your kitchen cabinets.

When your kitchen cabinets are equipped with outdated hardware — or no hardware at all — a quick update can make a world of difference. You can purchase new, modern hardware from your local hardware store, or you can even get some unique pieces from furniture stores like Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.

  1. Paint the cabinets.

Of course, depending on how outdated your cabinets are, new hardware will only go so far. If your cabinets have seen better days, a fresh coat of paint will go a long way. If your cabinet frames and doors are structurally sound, you can use some strong cleaner, sandpaper and paint to bring new life to them, according to a ThisOldHouse.com article. And this time of year, the weather is perfect for an outdoor painting project. Plus, this renovation can be done for a fraction of what it would cost to replace the cabinets with new ones.

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Painting the cabinets also offers a great opportunity to liven your kitchen design up with some bright color. According to freshome.com, bold color is one of the top kitchen trends for 2015.

“This year, try painting your cabinets any bold shade (dark or light),” the article states. “These bodacious colors naturally draw the eye in and create a focal point.”

  1. Replace your range hood with a more modern offering.

Another piece that will draw the eye is a modern range hood. In particular, island mount range hoods that feature a curved profile are a modern feature that will bring any kitchen into the 21st century. Adding a stainless steel, contemporary piece to your kitchen will be like mounting a piece of art to your ceiling — but it will be functional too!

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Cavaliere B02CL-30″ Wall Mount Range Hood

  1. Replace your flooring.

If you’ve given the rest of our kitchen a makeover, it only makes sense to update the flooring as well. Your ‘70s or ‘80s tile will look especially out of place with modern cabinets and appliances.

Some of the most popular flooring choices for a kitchen include hardwood, large-format tile, cork, luxury vinyl and concrete, according to experts.

Hardwood is a great option for homes with an open floor plan because you can extend the flooring into other rooms, like the living room. It also never goes out of style, so you can ensure that you’ll get a good return on investment if you ever sell your home, notes John Riha in a HouseLogic.com article. In particular, engineered wood is the best choice for kitchens, he says, because it offers more stability and resistance to temperature changes.

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Porcelain tile is a good choice if you want tough, low-maintenance flooring, Riha says. It’s also said to be one of the most popular flooring types this year, according to architect Stephen Alton. Cork flooring is an eco-friendly choice that is waterproof and compressible, making it a comfortable surface for kitchen dwellers. Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain, Riha says. It’s also very affordable and soft on feet. Finally, concrete is an up-and-coming flooring type for living areas and kitchens. Many different effects can be used to give it an industrial yet modern look.

  1. Install in-floor heating.

If you’re replacing the flooring in your kitchen, you should also consider installing radiant floor heating. An electric floor heating system can be installed under nearly any flooring surface and brings comforting warmth to one of the most used rooms in the home when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Summer is a great time to get ready for winter so that when the chill hits, you’re already prepared.

Each of these summer kitchen remodeling tips will ensure that your kitchen is the place to be during the summer and long after.

Sources:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20209705,00.html

http://freshome.com/2015/02/05/10-top-kitchen-trends-for-2015/

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/smart-options-kitchen-flooring/

http://rangehoodsinc.com/

https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/floor-heating

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Stephanie Cernivec handles marketing communications for WarmlyYours Radiant Heating. WarmlyYours is headquartered in Lake Zurich, Ill., and offers a variety of electric radiant heating solutions, including floor heating, towel warmers, radiant panels, countertop heaters, mirror defoggers and outdoor heating solutions. For more information, visit www.warmlyyours.com.

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