When remodeling is not in the budget

Question: Wow, we just got a bid back from a contractor for remodeling our kitchen. There’s no way that we can afford the whole project right now. How should we get started?


Answer: Rather than completely renovating their kitchen, some homeowners, particularly those on tighter budgets, tackle smaller jobs, such as reviving their kitchen cabinets. The renovation of cabinets can include refinishing, repainting, and replacing handles and hinges, among other things; and the entire project often costs only a quarter of the price for a complete renovation. Luis Terry, of Best Kitchen Cabinets in Rockville, Md., provides a number of wood and finishing samples to show to homeowners. When actually performing the project, solid wood can be refinished easily, but doors must be stripped and smoothed by hand in a shop. The cabinet's frame must also be finished or painted to match the doors. After the project is completed, the homeowner should polish the wood, and they should prevent buildup of grease or food particles on the cabinets. The entire project can take about two weeks, but most of the work will actually be done at a wood shop. When renovated properly, solid wood cabinets can last 30 to 40 years, says Terry. Ó2008 Information.Inc.


For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800 or 1-800-262-8442. Email - [email protected] or visit their web site at www.SummitRealEstate.com. Allison is a long time local in Summit County. Summit Real Estate – The Simson/Nenninger Team is located at the Dillon Ridge Marketplace. Allison’s long-time residency and years of real estate experience can help you make the most of any buying or selling situation. She’s a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), the highest designation awarded to a Realtor in the residential sales field.  Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  

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