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Large Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Kitchens are being built larger than ever before, becoming more and more of a gathering place in the home. Though the large space is great, it does pose certain challenges. The most common large kitchen remodeling ideas include adding an island, rearranging or adding more cabinets. Below are brief descriptions of each idea including the estimated cost, hiring a contractor vs. doing it yourself, and the approximate amount of needed to complete the job.
Kitchen remodeling ideas for large spaces-install an island
There are several kitchen remodeling ideas that can make a large area more functional without sacrificing useable space. Adding an island to your kitchen not only helps to fill an open area, but can increase productivity by providing additional room for food prep, eating, or storage. Islands can be as simple as freestanding pieces (some are even portable) or as elaborate as built-in pieces that have cook-tops or even small refrigerators or microwaves built in. Building a basic wood-framed kitchen island is a fairly easy job for a homeowner with a little home improvement experience, but anything requiring electricity, gas or water should be done by an experienced, licensed contractor. Costs of factory-built, freestanding kitchen islands can be as little as $150 for a small one or as much as $1,000 or more. Having a kitchen island custom built and installed can run into thousands of dollars, however, you get the advantage of having a piece that is designed especially for your kitchen, compliments the decor, and adds interest and value to your kitchen.
Kitchen remodeling ideas for large spaces-change cabinet configuration
There are many kitchen remodeling ideas to make use of the extra space in a large area. One way is to reconfigure the cabinet arrangement. It seems like an unnecessary expense to replace the cabinets if they are in good shape. It may be that you just need to reconfigure them, maybe move a cabinet or cabinets to a different wall or put a small cabinet above a big one. This is a job that can be done by one or two people with fairly limited home improvement experience. The only cost might be some 1'x 6' boards to use as stabilizers when re-hanging the cabinets. A contractor could do this job in a day or two. Though it may take you longer, the saved cost of labor will be worth it.
If you simply have too much empty wall space, you could add some additional cabinets. This will cost more than just rearranging them, but you will be getting the added storage as well as adding character to your kitchen and possibly increasing the resale value of your home.