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Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, which accounts for a lot of their appeal. When it comes to a homeowner designing their space, there's virtually unlimited possibilities to creating an aesthetically stylish kitchen especially if your budget allows it. Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement project - and for good reason: kitchens are the nucleus and overall selling point. A quality kitchen remodeling can recoup a large portion of the initial cost at the home's resale, according to Remodeling magazine's "Cost vs. Value Report".

Remodeling is not an easy process. The same appliances from your home can look completely different in someone elses, so it's important to make sure you're taking the necessary precautions when going forward with the rollout. To maximize your return on investment, here are 4 tips for your CT kitchen remodel.

Avoid Overly Expensive Appliances

It's super easy to get carried away when looking for appliances for your new kitchen. Luxury refrigerators and cabinets are nice, but there are a number of quality appliances that'll fit perfectly into your lifestyle at half the price. First, check online reviews and Consumer Reports to see what brands have high marks. Then, focus your spending on the design and functionality, and items that can add long-term value such as cabinets and flooring.

Lighting Lighting Lighting!

Proper lighting makes all of the difference in a CT kitchen remodel. Aside from helping you work more efficiently, it can make the room look larger and brighter. There should be two types of lighting in the kitchen: task lighting and ambient lighting. Task lighting is most important as cabinets create dark work areas. This will require some hard-wiring, and plan for at least two fixtures per task area to eliminate shadows. Ambient lights can be wall sconces, or mounted ceiling fixtures that add overall lighting in the kitchen.

Add Storage

Make sure that you don't sacrifice space for storage in your kitchen. Mount small shelving units on unused wall areas and inside your cabinet doors. Add hooks to the backs of closet doors for small cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms and aprons.

Communicating with Remodelers

This is the most important tip of the entire CT kitchen remodel. Having a good rapport with your project manager goes a long way in making sure your remodel comes out as perfect as possible while remaining on budget. Stopping by during work hours to make sure that everything is running smoothly shows that you're committed to a quality result. Establish a routine, and give your email address and phone number to managers so communication stays open. Lastly, be friendly and courteous. Hospitality goes a long way, especially for those working on your home, and it's guaranteed to relax the workers.