Kitchen Renovation FAQs
How long does a kitchen remodel take?
Unfortunately, there’s not a finite answer to this question. It depends on how extensive an overhaul you’re planning. If you need to tear out walls, re-wire, and create new piping, each of those steps will take a day or two. Your entire first week of a remodel may involve nothing tangibly different, at least not in a good way.
You’ll also need to schedule additional time to plan your new kitchen, choose your new appliances, tiles, and flooring. If you’re worried about how long your kitchen will be unusable, expect six weeks, give or take a couple of weeks. If you want custom cabinetry, however, you’re looking at three months or longer.
How do I get started?
You might have an idea how you want to update your kitchen. Still, it’s a good idea to make a list of your plans. How much space do you have? Is there a wall you want to eliminate? Are you certain it’s not load-bearing?
How about cabinet storage? Do you want to change the current flooring? Are you satisfied with the current amount of sunlight? What tile style will you choose and does it include a backsplash? Most important, what’s your budget? Before you proceed, you should have an exact answer to these questions.
Should I re-face or replace my cabinets?
Re-facing your cabinets will save you a lot of money. If your budget is tight, you might not have a choice. Other than cost, the only reason you should consider this option instead of replacing them is if you love the current location of your cabinetry. Even if you do, make sure there’s no internal damage to the cabinets, so you’re not wasting money trying to save something irreparably impaired.
Which kitchen countertop should I choose?
Consumer Reports favors quartz, granite, and marble countertops. They rate recycled glass and butcher block as the worst options. The top three choices all cost about the same, while their least favorites cost more in some instances.
Laminate will save you money. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s the clear call. Otherwise, choose the one that tests the best according to the pros, quartz. It’s the most durable and attractive material.
Do refrigerators all have the same depth?
Everyone wants a bigger refrigerator to store more food. The problem is fitting a larger one into your current kitchen space. Assuming you can’t redesign the space to create more depth, there’s still good news.
You can find refrigerators with more cubic footage that fits in the designated space. Measure the exact dimensions and then search for a refrigerator that fits in the same space but offers better storage. Alternately, if you can get by with less refrigerator storage, find a kitchen cabinet depth refrigerator. They are generally tighter inside, but they are more forgiving during the installation phase.
Renovating your kitchen is an exciting process. With thought and preparation, it shouldn’t be an intimidating one, though. Make sure to research all the options above and you’ll be enjoying your dream kitchen in no time.