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The kitchens of today are often a far cry from kitchens of old. The kitchen has become one of the most important rooms of a house. Not only do we cook and eat in our kitchens, but the kitchen has become a room for social gatherings. With the kitchen evolving into a "multi-purpose" space, the need to maintain the space or even the desire to improve the space has become a top item in home improvement. Food prep is only one part of the function today. The counter tops alone are likely to cost more than an entire kitchen 20 years ago. Today's kitchen requires more electrical service and contact points and the layouts are often much larger with some designed to accommodate two cooks at once.

For those who want a new kitchen but are staggered by the prices quoted, understand that contractors typically mark-up cabinets and appliances 50% or more. If you, the home owner, purchase those components and take responsibility of scratches and dents, etc.; you might be able to find a kitchen contractor who will do the installs without the markup. This approach is likely to save you thousands.

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The kitchen has become one of the most important rooms of a house. Not only do we cook and eat in our kitchens, but it's now, also, a room for social gatherings. With the kitchen evolving into a "multi-purpose" space, the need for regular maintenance and upgrades has become a top priority in home improvement. However, the expense to perform a high-end kitchen remodel can reach upwards of over $100, 000. On average, even a more modest kitchen renovation can set a homeowner back $10,000 to $20,000. However, there are inexpensive and simpler things to do to your kitchen to give it a fresh look. It's just a matter of understanding the options available to you.





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