Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | April 9, 2010

Kitchen Reno’s

If any of the finishes or surfaces in your kitchen have moisture damage, visible mold, water stains, have blistered or peeled paint, it may be time for you to renovate.

From improving poor layouts and inadequate lighting, to simply replacing worn out fixtures or cabinetry, kitchen renovations are among the most popular home renovation projects.

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation have a variety of questions you may want to ask yourself first to make sure your renovation is a success:

* How much work and storage space do you need?

* Is the eating area in the kitchen important to you?

* What are the existing traffic patterns like and how can you improve upon them?

* How will the kitchen meet the needs of someone with special needs should such a consideration be required in the future?

* Are there any existing structural problems in or around the kitchen?

* Will removing or installing any walls or windows require attention to the structural framework of your home?

* Do the existing fixtures and appliances have years of useful life left in them?

* Do you like their style and features of your appliances and are they energy-efficient?

* Do you have adequate general and task lighting and sufficient electrical outlets for future needs?

* Is the existing exhaust fan ducted to the outside and not the attic?

* Are the existing cabinets or countertops dated or damaged?

For more information or a free copy of the “About Your House” fact sheet visit www.cmhc.ca.

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