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3 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Kitchen Remodel     
Thinking of renovating your kitchen? You’re not alone. The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms of the house to remodel. Whether you’re updating your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint and more storage or you’re in for a complete overhaul, here are three questions to ask before you get out the sledgehammer.

1.   What does your dream kitchen look like?

Make a list of everything you want in your ideal kitchen,including the floors, countertops, appliances, fixtures, backsplash, etc. Flip through interior design magazines or look online for inspiration. 

2.    How much of your dream kitchen can you afford?

A basic kitchen upgrade

What’s included? The kitchen footprint stays intact, but the space gets a basic, DIY cosmetic makeover including new budget-friendly appliances, a lick of paint and new hardware and fixtures.

Cost, on average: $5,000 to $15,000 

A midsized renovation

What’s included? It’s a step above a basic upgrade that may include new flooring, cabinets, countertopsand appliances in addition to new paint and fixtures.

Cost, on average: $15,000 to $35,000

A major remodel

What’s included? This is a major overhaul that involves changing the current footprint of the room, such as tearing down walls or relocating appliances. Everything in the space is new, from cabinets and appliances to hardware and fixtures.

Cost, on average: $35,000 to $75,000 

A minor kitchen remodel has a cost-value ratio of 75.4%; a major kitchen remodel has a cost-value ratio of 68.9%

3. Do you have to hire a professional?

While most homeowners can do minor improvementsthemselves, it’s often best to leave the bigger jobs to the professionals.

3 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Greener
According to the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 49% of homeowners say that using eco-friendly appliancesand materials in their kitchen is important. If you want to make your kitchen renovation project more eco-friendly, follow these tips: 

For greener cabinets:

  • Choose adhesives or glues that have no- or low-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde-free.
  • Refinish cabinets with no- or low-VOC, water-based paints and stains.
  • If you use reclaimed wood, find out where the wood came from. Old wood may contain toxic chemicals.

For greener countertops:

  • Look for countertops that are made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  • Avoid using formaldehyde-based glues and adhesives during installation.
  • Seal stone with water-based, low-odor sealant.

For greener flooring:

  • Traditional linoleum is durable and easy to maintain. 
  • Cork is another green option, but make sure that you use cork that was manufactured in Spain and Portugal, where environmental and health regulations are stricter than in other foreign countries. 
  • Bamboo is a great choice. Just make sure it wasn't make with formaldehyde-based binders.
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