Creative Backsplashes

There's a backsplash design for every decorating style. Find design inspiration in these beautiful surfaces that amplify interest by adding texture, color, and pattern to kitchen walls.

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DIY Kitchen Decor

Add personal style and fun decor to your kitchen and adjoining eating area without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these easy DIY projects.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Squeeze an Instant Pantry Into Any Space

Don┬┐t have built-ins in your kitchen? All you need is a sliver of empty wall to set up this instant pantry.

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Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

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Dream Kitchen Designs

Attention to details, pro-grade appliances, and gorgeous materials and finishes all weave together in these dream kitchens that exude style and sophistication.

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Hiring a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Ready to remake your kitchen? Working with a professional can help keep your vision on track and on budget.

The kitchen is the heart of the home where people gather for meals, conversation, games, and homework. If your home's Grand Central Station isn't up to par, you're probably considering a facelift or total gut job. In either scenario, a contractor can help guide you through the process. While a kitchen remodel is an investment that delivers a strong return on investment, it can also be a stressful process that disrupts your family's life for weeks or months. Hiring the right contractor can alleviate stress by keeping your project on time and costs from spiraling out of control.

After you've collected design ideas from magazines, websites, and friends' kitchens, a contractor can help you prioritize your wish list and determine what's feasible for your budget. Whether you hire an independent contractor or find one through a design/build company, he or she will help you devise the look of your kitchen.

Contractors and designers know how to place cabinets and appliances to maximize space and create an efficient floor plan. They are also aware of the latest innovations in efficiency, ergonomics, storage, and design. With nearly endless choices for kitchen products and materials, the contractor can help you weed through the trends to find the cabinets, counters, floors, appliances, and accessories that best suit your lifestyle and budget. Perhaps most importantly, hiring a professional puts the responsibility for accurate measurements in his or her hands. DIYers can learn the hard way that being off by even a fraction of an inch on a cabinet order can be a pricey mistake.

When searching for a contractor for your kitchen remodel, ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Interview at least three contractors and get written estimates (these should be free) that include detailed information about schedules, budgets, materials, and guarantees. It's important that the contractors are bidding on the same specs for the project so you can compare apples to apples. Before hiring someone, check referrals, look at photos of previous jobs, and visit a project in process. Ask former clients whether the contractor finished the project on time and on budget, how well he or she communicated during the process, and whether they would hire him or her again. During the renovation, your contractor should be available to advise on purchases, answer questions, and explain unexpected delays or problems.

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