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Kitchen remodeling for dummies
Prestly, Donald R.
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Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2003]

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xviii, 338 pages : illustrations, 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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TH4816.3.K58 P74 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement
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Real estate, building, and remodeling surveys reveal that the one project likely to give you a 100 percent return on the dollars invested is a kitchen remodel. And whether the project is as involved as gutting the room back to the wall studs or as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint, each project is an investment in your home's value and, ultimately, in your enjoyment of using the space.

Remodeling a kitchen is a big job, but it's not so big that anyone - with the right guidance and understanding - couldn't feel comfortable tackling at least some parts of the job. Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies is the reference tool to use if you

Want to use the kitchen more efficiently Want to replace outdated, energy-gobbling appliances and gadgets Have attempted at least one or two home repair projects Are comfortable using both power and hand tools and probably own a few of each Want to know how a project should be done and then hire someone to do it.

The kitchen in today's home has become a focal point for the family, as well as for entertaining. For those reasons, you want the room to be as functional as possible, without breaking your bankbook. With Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies in hand, you'll get the lowdown on the following topics and more:

The kitchen remodeling process (knowing this makes you a smarter consumer) Critical design issues Working with the pros: architect, designer, contractor Establishing a budget and sticking with it Evaluating your plumbing, electrical, and ventilation systems Selecting and installing cabinets and countertops Choosing sinks, faucets, and appliances Working on walls, windows, and floors Hot trends and easy upgrades

This handy guide shows you how to take your kitchen (no matter what shape it's in now) and remodel it so that it not only fits your wants and needs but also becomes a room you can be proud to use and show off.

Author Notes

Donald R. Prestly is a former Senior Editor of HANDY

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go from Herep. 5
Part I Zoning In on the Scope of the Projectp. 7
Chapter 1 Envisioning the Big Picturep. 9
Establishing a Plan: Builders Do It, So Should You!p. 9
What's Your Forte? Determining Your Skill and Comfort Levelp. 18
Shopping Tips before You Even Spend a Dime!p. 19
Chapter 2 Planning Your Kitchenp. 21
Working with Your Kitchen's Shapep. 22
Exploring a Few of Your Design Optionsp. 26
Putting Your Plans on Paperp. 30
Chapter 3 Establishing a Budget and Sticking to It!p. 33
Crunching the Numbersp. 33
How Am I Going to Pay for This? Financing Your Projectp. 38
A Little Overspending Adds Up to a Lot of Going Over Budgetp. 41
Time Equals Money--Budgeting Your Time Wiselyp. 42
Chapter 4 Bringin' In the Big Guns or Doin' It Solop. 45
Introducing the Pinch Hittersp. 45
Contracting a Professionalp. 47
Getting It All on Paper: Drawing Up a Contractp. 52
Dealing with the Day-to-Day during Constructionp. 54
Nearing the Finish Linep. 55
Part II Gettin' Down and Dirty: Preparing Your Kitchen for Greatnessp. 57
Chapter 5 You Can't Have Tool Much of a Good Thingp. 59
Safety Firstp. 59
You Get What You Pay forp. 62
Ripping Your Kitchen Apart with Demolition Toolsp. 62
Power Shopping for Toolsp. 64
Renting Your Way to Tool Heavenp. 74
Chapter 6 Getting Your Kitchen Ready for Constructionp. 79
Packing Up the Kitchenp. 79
Removing Everything Including the Kitchen Sinkp. 80
Opening Up the Walls and Seeing What's Insidep. 84
Chapter 7 Evaluating Your Plumbing, Electrical, and Ventilation Systemsp. 85
Preparing Your Plumbingp. 85
Vetting Ventilation Needsp. 92
Keeping Current: Electricity Concernsp. 95
Part III Selecting and Installing Cabinets and Countertopsp. 101
Chapter 8 Your Old Cabinets: Spruce 'em Up or Scrap 'em?p. 103
Renovating Your Cabinetsp. 103
Checking Out New Cabinet Choicesp. 108
Storage Design Optionsp. 118
Chapter 9 Making Old Mother Hubbard Proud: Putting New Cabinets Upp. 121
Gathering the Right Toolsp. 122
Marking Reference Lines and Mounting Locationsp. 123
Hanging Wall Cabinets Firstp. 128
Adding The Lower Level--Base Cabinetsp. 132
Chapter 10 Considering Creative Countertop Optionsp. 137
Considering Your Countertop Optionsp. 137
Where to Shop for Countertopsp. 144
Chapter 11 Making Sure Your Countertops Are Levelp. 145
Gathering the Right Toolsp. 145
Installing a Pre-formed Countertopp. 147
Installing a Ceramic Tile Countertopp. 156
Part IV Selecting and Installing Sinks, Faucets, Appliances, and Morep. 161
Chapter 12 "Pouring" Over the Choices for Sinks and Faucetsp. 163
Selecting the Best Sink Material for Your Needsp. 163
Choosing the Right Sink Design for Your Spacep. 166
Recognizing the Many Facets of Faucetsp. 169
Adding Extrasp. 174
Checking Out Those Warranties!p. 176
Chapter 13 No Runs, Drips, or Leaks: The Right Way to Install Your New Sink and Faucetp. 177
Gathering the Right Toolsp. 177
Setting the Stage: Preparing to Install Your Sinkp. 178
Putting Things in Position: Finishing Your Installationp. 183
Chapter 14 Appliance Appreciation: Choosing the Right Onesp. 189
Making Money-Related Decisions Firstp. 190
Chillin' Out: Exploring Refrigerator Optionsp. 192
Warming Up to Cooktops, Ranges, and Ovensp. 196
Getting the Dish on Dishwashersp. 200
Taking Out the Garbage: Disposers and Compactorsp. 201
Working with Warrantiesp. 202
Chapter 15 Fridges, Ranges, Disposers, and More: Installing Appliancesp. 203
Installing Ranges, Ovens, and Cooktopsp. 204
Installing a New Fridge Complete with Dispenser Unitp. 210
Installing Other Popular Appliancesp. 212
Part V Adding the Final Touches: Walls, Windows, Floors, and Morep. 219
Chapter 16 Illuminating Your Kitchen Lighting Optionsp. 221
Making Thomas Edison Proud: Getting the Most Out of Interior Lightingp. 221
Letting the Light Shine In: Natural Lighting Optionsp. 229
Chapter 17 Lighting the Way: Installing Lights and Windowsp. 237
Gathering the Right Toolsp. 237
Installing a Bright New Ceiling Fixturep. 238
Circulating in Style: Adding a Ceiling Fanp. 241
Getting on Track with Track Lightingp. 243
Can It! Installing Recessed Lightingp. 245
Lots of Light Levels at Your Fingertips: Installing a Dimmer Switchp. 245
Ambiance and Function: Installing Under Cabinet Lightingp. 246
Drawing in Natural Light: Upgrading Your Windowsp. 249
Chapter 18 Walls That Wow: Selecting Elements for Your Wallsp. 253
Picking Paint for Your Kitchenp. 253
Working with Wallpaperp. 260
Adding Final Touchesp. 262
Chapter 19 Preparation for Wall Transformationp. 263
The Importance of Preparationp. 263
Repairing Drywallp. 264
Fixin' to Paintp. 271
Getting Ready for Wallpaperp. 273
Chapter 20 Floors: Stepping Out with Stylep. 279
Keeping Your Needs in Mindp. 279
Perusing the Possibilitiesp. 280
Choosing to Remove the Old Flooring--Or Notp. 287
Chapter 21 Installing Your New Kitchen Floorp. 289
Preparing to Be Flooredp. 289
Installing Your Floorp. 296
Securing an Island Unitp. 307
Part VI The Part of Tensp. 309
Chapter 22 Ten Critical Design Issuesp. 311
The Work Triangle Formulap. 311
Making Sure Your Workspace Is Separatep. 311
Installing Adequate Doorsp. 312
Avoid Knocking Knuckles When Opening Doorsp. 312
Easy Dish Loadingp. 312
Situating One Sinkp. 312
Considering Countertops at Different Heightsp. 313
Storing Those Dirty Dishesp. 313
Grocery Resting Areap. 313
Microwave Oven Safetyp. 313
Plenty of Floor Spacep. 314
Chapter 23 Ten Hot Trends in Kitchen Designp. 315
Adding an Extra Sinkp. 315
Spreading Out the Work: Multiple Workstationsp. 315
Visiting the Islands--Mon!p. 315
Entertaining in the Kitchenp. 316
Eating-In Areas: Casual Stylep. 316
Gathering the Familyp. 316
Creating Kid Friendly Kitchensp. 316
Merging Kitchens with the Rest of the Housep. 316
Adding Decorative Touchesp. 317
Visiting Europe without Leaving Homep. 317
Toning for Elegancep. 317
Chapter 24 Ten Easy Kitchen Upgradesp. 319
Brightening Up the Room with a Fresh Coat of Paintp. 319
Working with Wallpaper That Wowsp. 319
Venturing Beyond the Borderp. 320
Treating Your Windows to a New Dressp. 320
Replacing Handles and Knobsp. 320
Giving Your Faucet a Faceliftp. 320
Lightening Upp. 320
Trimmin' Timep. 321
Racking Up Your Pots and Panp. 321
Throwing In the Towelp. 321
Indexp. 323