Most new homes constructed do not have the elegance, style and charm of homes which were built in late 1800’s unfortunately, most modern McMansion homes are built with a cookie-cutter design. These will never have the same style and level architectural detail as you would find in comparison to homes built in the past.One of the best ways to differentiate your home is by blending modern contemporary elements with old Victorian charm. This is a very popular decorating style very similar to what you may find in upper Eastside Manhattan high-rise condo buildings. Victorian kitchen design cabinets in warm wood colors such as cherry complement most homes.
If you can’t afford a $20,000 per month Manhattan apartment, you can redesign your existing home with the same level of upscale style, charm and elegance. There are many different ways you can remodel your own kitchen, without spending a lot of money. Purchasing high-end Victorian kitchen cabinets can be extremely expensive. You could easily spend $50,000 purchasing wood work from companies such as Wood Mode. Although you can save money by choosing the lower end Brookstone line, you will still spend tens of thousands of dollars.
If you want to re-create your kitchen one of the best ways to save money is by sourcing used kitchen cabinetry. In larger metropolitan areas you can even find Victorian kitchen cabinets which are virtually brand-new for sale on the secondary market. This happens when the wives of wealthy homeowners choose to remodel rarely used kitchen. These kitchen cabinets can be found in places such as eBay.com for a small fraction of the original purchase price. If you have a smaller home, this is a very smart way to redesign your kitchen. When you are purchasing used kitchen cabinetry, you don’t need to find an exact match to your existing home kitchen dimensions. If you purchase used Victorian kitchen cabinetry from a larger home, you can pick and choose the pieces which will work best.
Using your creative brain can be a great way to save money. For example, if you do not want to take down your existing cabinetry, you can even creatively find free labor. Place an ad on craigslist.com offering free kitchen cabinetry, with the stipulation that the new owner must need to uninstall them. Although you may not feel that your old kitchen cabinets are very nice, it is all relative when it comes to design and condition. At the very least, you will start receiving calls from landlords who need materials to refurbish apartments.
Once you purchase your kitchen cabinets, you will need to go ahead begin your layout design If you are confident in your own handyman skills, you can even install your own kitchen cabinets. Measure the dimensions of your existing kitchen, and begin matching it with pieces from the kitchen you just purchased. You can do this with a plain piece of paper, if you don’t wish to use computer design software.
Reinstalling your new Victorian kitchen design cabinets is fairly straightforward. The upper cabinets are usually modular in design, and can be reassembled fairly easily. The only difficult part you may have is re-working granite countertops. Although you can cut your own granite pieces shorter, you will be left with a rough surface. You can purchase materials online to sand and refinish the edge.