Your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. Start by thinking about how you use your kitchen and what you need and want on a daily basis. Kitchen renovation is a major undertaking. Before you dive in, you’ll need to take a hard look at how you’re using your current kitchen and what you want this remodel to accomplish. The following are a few tips that will help get started…

The Budget

Setting a budget should be the first thing you do in your remodel process. You should plan to spend no more than 20% of your home’s value on the remodel. You’re going to encounter surprises in your kitchen remodel, especially in an older residence. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises lurking behind the walls or under the floor. Like when you rip out your walls and discover your electrical wiring is out of date. Or you pull out your dishwasher and discover the floor beneath it is rotten thanks to a water leak you didn’t know about. Leave some wiggle room in your budget to cover these surprises.

Total Budget $___________

  • Cabinets and Hardware 29% $ __________
  • Installation 17% $___________
  • Appliances 14% $___________
  • Counter tops 10% $___________
  • Flooring 7% $___________
  • Walls & Ceiling 5% $___________
  • Lighting 5% $___________
  • Designer Fees 4% $___________
  • Doors & Windows 4% $___________
  • Faucets and Plumbing 4% $____________

Picking a Theme

Are you looking to upgrade your kitchen to be more modern, country, retro, or classic? Your theme should be consistent throughout the entire kitchen. Maybe you want to add more functionality and do some renovations to an outdated 1980’s design? Having a basic idea of the type of kitchen you need and want is essential to planning your renovation. Choose one item you truly love and start with that item to get inspiration for your style.

Choose Your Style

There are really only two things that affect a kitchen style – your own personal look and feel and your home. There are many variations of kitchen styles but the look that you select can be a blend of several styles. Most likely your kitchen will reflect your personality but because the kitchen remodel is such a large investment you can’t let your design style run wild – the kitchen must blend with its surroundings. For example if you live in a brand new loft you probably shouldn’t select a country style kitchen. At the end of the day your style will be your decision and you need to love it because you’ll be living with your kitchen for at least 15-20 years. Get some ideas at a parade of homes tour, go to a showroom and look on social media web sights for fresh ideas.


Mid range major remodels, which include all new appliances, cabinets, counter tops, flooring, and lighting, have a average of about $50,000 and a 66 percent return. High-end renovations, which can include structural work or relocating to another area in the home, installing larger windows, and replacing all kitchen components can easily cost $60,000 or more; the more extensive and expensive the renovation, returns fall to the 50 percent to 60 percent range. So, doing research before your renovation is very important. Research everything so that you get exactly what you are looking for at the best price. Research everything from prices to quality to how a certain item will fit into the functionality of your home.

Hire a Professional Kitchen Designer and Installer

As you may have already assumed, there are an unlimited number of benefits to having your kitchen remodeled by a professional. Perhaps, the greatest benefit of a professional kitchen remodeling job is the end result. In almost all cases, you will find that a professional remodeling job is better than one that is performed by someone without experience. Although it may sound easy to replace the lighting in your kitchen or your kitchen counter tops, you will find that it isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Instead of taking the time to learn, a large number of homeowner automatically turn to a professional Contractor

Time Schedule for Completion of My Kitchen

If you decide on a full renovation of your kitchen, one of the things you may be wondering is, “How long does a kitchen remodel really take?” Whether you want to know so you can plan an event, or you simply just want to know when your home will be back to normal. If you can stay in your home and eat microwave meals or go out for dinner just a few nights it will cut some cost. Otherwise staying in a hotel room with a kitchen is a good option. Include that in your budget if you plan to move out of the house.

The hard work of, planning, eating microwave meals, shopping, and paying for a new kitchen will all pay off when you cook your first meal for your family and enjoy eating your first family dinner in your new kitchen!

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