Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

5 Tips for a Seamless Kitchen Remodel

By: Nina Asusa

5 Tips for a Seamless Kitchen Remodel

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Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Not only will it make your home more beautiful and functional, it will also increase its value for when it’s time to sell. The thought of remodeling your kitchen can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, but I’m letting you in on 5 tips for a seamless kitchen remodel so you can say goodbye to your nerves! 
 
1. Create a Budget 
The cost of a kitchen remodel can vary tremendously, whether you opt for a few aesthetic upgrades or do a full out renovation. Although you may be willing to spend a good chunk of cash to design your dream kitchen, you don’t want to go into debt. Your budget will play a big part in determining what changes you can make to your kitchen. If your budget is limited, you may only be able to focus on aesthetic changes such as painting the cabinets and upgrading hardware. However, if you have more money to play with, you may be able to change the entire floor plan and install luxury appliances. 
 
2. Decide What Doesn’t Work
Once you’ve created your budget, the next step is looking at your current kitchen and deciding what doesn’t work. Are you and your partner constantly bumping into each other due to the lack of floor space? Do you need more storage? Does the lack of counter space make cooking a nightmare? Do you wish you could see your kids playing in the living room while you cook, but are blocked off by a big wall? Are you dreaming of nicer finishes and countertops that are made from a more luxury material like marble? Make a list of all the changes you want and prioritize it. This will help you figure out what to spend money on first, and what you’re okay living without. 
 
3. Get Inspired by The Rest of Your Home
Your kitchen remodel should fit seamlessly with the rest of your home. If you have a ranch-style home, a sleek, contemporary kitchen is going to look out of place. Work with your architectural style, not against it. You want your kitchen to look like it belongs in your home, so make sure to bring design elements in from the rest of your space. 
 
4. Design for How You Live Most Of The Time
If your current kitchen has a kitchen table that makes the space cramped, ask yourself if you really need it when you remodel. If you’re a family of four and only need an eight-person dining table for occasional family get togethers, you don’t really need a large dinner table in your kitchen. If you’d rather opt for a larger island with seating for four because that’s what you need most of the time, leave the larger dining table to the dining room.On the flip side, if you love to regularly entertain, you may want to spend your money on a large oven and opening up the floor plan. Make the space work for you and how you live most of the time. 
 
5. Save Your Kitchen Cabinets
Many kitchen cabinets don’t need to be fully replaced- they just need a little love. If they’re made from good quality wood and work properly, you can get away with giving them a facelift rather than getting new ones. Cabinet frames can end up being one of the most expensive elements of a kitchen remodel, so if you’re able to salvage the ones you have, you’ll be able to save thousands. You can either re-paint your cabinets, re-laminate the fronts and sides, or add new doors and drawer fronts. 
 
Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting venture! Use these tips to ensure it goes seamlessly!