The rising popularity of remodeling shows on television and in magazine spreads is causing people to remodel their kitchens, according to a report in the August issue of Consumer Reports. The recession has provided good deals, but bargain prices and aesthetics are not everything. “When remodeling a kitchen, functionality is every bit as important as style,” says Consumer Reports’ Celia Kupersmzid Lehrman. “Fortunately, there are many products that look good and work well.” The most functional design is based on the work triangle, the prep area, cooking area, and the sink. The distance between them should never be less than four feet or more than nine feet, and the most used area is the sink. The first step in planning a remodel is figuring out the budget. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) says the average kitchen remodel costs between 10 percent and 20 percent of the home’s value. The next step is to determine priorities. Consumer Reports provides rules for a successful kitchen remodel. Homeowners should not rush when remodeling. There are a lot of kitchen products that are attractive, a good price, and durable, and the Internet and kitchen professionals can help to find those items. The size of the kitchen matters. A large kitchen can be difficult to work in and keep clean, but a compact kitchen works better. The NKBA Web site has guidelines for optimal space between appliances, cabinets, and islands. Homeowners also should beware of budget busters and get everything related to the remodel in writing. | Read More