Kitchen remodeling takes both time and money. A major remodel with top-of-the-line appliances and cabinets can easily run more than $100,000. As for time, allow at least four months for a remodeling job or, more realistically, six to eight months. It takes about two months for custom cabinet orders, more time for planning, order processing, shipping, demolition, installation, moving back into your kitchen and re-organization.
While it's tempting to get started as quickly as possible once you decide to remodel, it's better to catch your breath, do your homework and think through your plans because you don't have the time or money to make mistakes.
Start with the basics. Consider what the primary uses of the kitchen will be then collect ideas for enhancing your project. Put some initial thought into this prior to meeting with a contractor. Following is a checklist of items to consider when planning your kitchen remodel.
Determine the primary uses of your kitchen:
equipment / utensil storage
specialized food preparation areas
secondary media center
hobby / craft center
Enhance your kitchen remodeling project:
Brainstorm with household members
Find ideas in model homes, showrooms, home shows, magazines, books and catalogs
Appliances - ovens, stoves, cook tops, refrigerators, dishwashers, range, microwaves, hoods, and exhaust fans
Cabinets - wood cabinets in oak, maple, cherry, hickory, pine, birch, metal, plastic, cabinet re-facing, kitchen storage items and kitchen islands
Countertops - stone, marble, quartz, granite, solid surface, wood, metal and Formica
Flooring - hardwood flooring, cork, bamboo, laminate, linoleum flooring, flooring installation, repair and refinishing floors
Lighting - light controls, chandeliers, fixtures, lamps, fluorescent lights, recessed and spot lighting
Sinks and Fixtures - kitchen faucets, stainless steel, brass, plastic and glass handles
Windows - skylight windows, double hung and single hung windows, casement and garden windows for growing herbs and plants
Select a design professional and/or contractor that meets your needs
The more details you can determine prior to your kitchen remodeling project the better. It will make your remodeling project more efficient and, thus, less expensive.