5 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

By Robert Robillard on Kitchens

Remodeling A Kitchen

When you begin to think about remodeling your kitchen, there’s a lot to consider and it’s easy to miss things. By following a few simple tips, you can avoid difficulties. Here are 5 kitchen remodeling tips to think about before you begin your remodeling project.

Start with a Detailed Plan

Meet with your contractor and their kitchen designer to discuss the best plan for your remodel. This meeting should cover items such as; moving or relocation of walls and windows, dust containment, areas of disruption and end with a detailed scope of work and kitchen cabinet design and layout. Once you have your detailed plan your contractor provides the scope of work to their subcontractors, sets up a site meeting, and can then accurately build the cost of the project.

Research | Then Place Your Order – The Clock is Ticking

Research the materials you will be using and the specifications of each product. Once ordered, cabinets, windows and appliances can take months to arrive. Order them as soon as you have your plan and get them delivered to the job site for inspection. There’s nothing worse than delaying your project because materials did not arrive on time. Focus on quality and use the best quality of materials you can afford.

Don’t Put Off The Small Items

Once you’ve decided on your main components, don’t forget to spend time on the small things, as well. It’s easy to get caught up focusing on the big ticket items, but it’s often the interior design details, like trim, under cabinet lighting, accent colors, backsplash tile and hardware that really make a remodeling project come to life.

Anticipate Problems and Delays

Inevitably with every project you are going to run into scheduling problems and hidden conditions behind the walls. Anticipate Your Budget Going Over- 9 times out of 10 because of unexpected expenses.

Especially when you are working on your kitchen, you will typically find your ultimate cost to be about 25 percent higher than your original estimate. The same 25 percent figure also applies to the amount of time it will take to complete the project.

There are no hard-and-fast rules, but one thing experienced remodeling professionals have learned–always expect the unexpected

Kitchen Appliances


Plan to Eat Out | Setup a Temporary Kitchen

Eating out for dinner every night can become costly. Have you planned for this and put it into your budget?

Discuss with your contractor the feasibility of setting up a temporary kitchen. This could include a temporary sink, refrigerator, microwave, and even cooktop.


Overall, remodeling can be a rewarding experience, if you just follow a few simple rules and use common sense along the way. Whether it will be your first project or you have several under your belt, these 5 kitchen remodeling tips rules will apply for all your renovation projects

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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