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Infographic: Anatomy of a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen might be one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel, but it is also where people spend the most time. Find out how Pros transform a kitchen from plain to contemporary.

Before — The Outdated Kitchen

The plain, energy-gouging kitchen in desperate need of an update.

 
Countertops
Countertops

Hard-to-clean porcelain and ceramic-tiled countertops with grouted seams increased maintenance in many kitchens.

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Countertops
Lighting
Lighting

Fluorescent lighting powered on and off frequently saw a significant decrease in life expectancy.

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Lighting
Appliances
Appliances

Forget stainless: Appliances were limited by color (black or white), size (bulky) and performance (inefficient).

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Appliances
Cabinets
Cabinets

Formaldehyde might have been used as an adhesive in older veneer-over-pressed-wood kitchen cabinets.

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Cabinets

During Remodeling

Safely transform the kitchen from a place to cook into the epicenter of the home.

 
Lighting
Lighting

Inspect cracked or damaged sockets and address any loose or bare wires and connections.

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Lighting
Cabinets
Cabinets

Whether pre-fab or built in-place, deliberately take out cabinets to prevent damage to floors and walls.

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Cabinets
Countertops
Countertops

Carefully remove countertops around fixtures and use extra caution when cutting and removing hazardous debris.

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Countertops
Appliances
Appliances

The safe disposal and recycling of appliances helps protect against environmental hazards.

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Appliances

After — The Modern-Day Kitchen

Transitional and contemporary, the kitchen is now a fusion of style and color.

 
Cabinets
Cabinets

European-style cabinets include pullout and rollout options to enhance convenience and usability.

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Appliances
Appliances

Stainless steel is still the favorite, but homeowners are slowly moving toward appliances with less metallic sheen and less rounded edges and handles. Cloud-based technology advances allow remote monitoring and use of appliances.

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Appliances
Lighting
Lighting

Energy-saving, dimmable, high-lumen LED lighting is a great low-maintenance option.

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Lighting
Countertops
Countertops

Granite is still king, but other materials such as quartz are becoming increasingly popular.

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Sources: American Lighting Association, Environmental Protection Agency, National Kitchen & Bath Association

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