Remodeling a Kitchen

Remodeling a Kitchen

If you are considering remodeling a kitchen, below find a summary of some tips from House Logic as to what materials are better avoided. To see the article in its entirety, visit HouseLogic.com.

  1. 1.  Plastic Laminate Counters:  While there are many great laminates out there, the ones to stay away from are the entry-level plastics.  They are thin and dull in appearance.  They are easily chipped and will melt if you accidentally place a hot pan on top of them.  If you are renovating on a budget, plastic laminate one level up would work well in your kitchen remodel.  According to Dani Polidor, an interior designer and owner of Suite Artistry, the new technology for laminate counters, “offers scratch resistance, textured surfaces, and patterns that mimic real wood and stone. There are even self-repairing nano-technologies embedded in some laminates”.   He says for a 10 x 20 foot kitchen, this next-level laminate will cost approx. $3000.
  2. Inexpensive Sheet Vinyl Flooring:  Stay away from the lower-priced flooring that is approx. $2.50/sq ft.  This material tends to be thin, and if water leaks from your dishwasher or refrigerator, your flooring may bubble.  Spending approx. $5/sq ft for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a good alternative. An advantage is that it comes in tiles which you can grout so they look similar to higher-end stone.
  3. Some Laminated Cabinet Fronts:   Holloway suggests staying away from lower-end thermofoil cabinet fronts. Thermofoil cabinets are actually vinyl.  The vinyl is then heated and molded around fiberboard.   “Cheaper thermofoil has three critical issues:  It’s not heat resistant. If near a dishwasher or oven, it could delaminate; It can warp and yellow with age, revealing its cheapness”.  The “wood” underneath the thermofoil is also poor quality and won’t hold up over time.”  Similar to plastic laminate, improvements have been made with thermofoil.  New designs can be budget-friendly and have a more expensive look, such as wood or high gloss.  Although pricier than the cheaper thermofoil cabinets, the new thermofoil is “much more affordable than custom cabinets, and still satisfies with its rich look and durability.”
  4. High-Gloss Lacquered Cabinets:  Approximately 20 layers of lacquer give cabinets that high-gloss appearance.  If it gets scratched, it can be very expensive to repair.   A better choice is going with a high-end thermofoil as mentioned earlier.  Choosing  high-end thermofoil would cost in the hundreds of dollars range vs. the thousands of dollars that high-gloss would set you back.
  5. Flat Paint:  The problem with flat paint in the kitchen is that it is not very durable.  If you get something on your walls, and you try to get if off, there goes your paint job!  The one place you can get away with flat paint in the kitchen is on the ceiling.  A good alternative for flat paint in the kitchen area is a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint.  You will be able to wipe a surface painted with high-gloss or semi-gloss paint many times before you notice it taking a toll on your paint job.
  6. Trendy Backsplash Materials:  Although it may be tempting to choose something trendy for your backsplash, remember that your tastes are likely to change over time, and following the trends may be more pricey, with materials ranging anywhere from $5-$220 a square foot.  The article suggests a classic subway tile, costing $2-$3/sq ft, or a material that matches your countertop.

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