5 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

By Robert Robillard on Kitchens

Remodeling A Kitchen

When you begin to think about remodeling your home, it’s easy to go overboard, tackle too much, or overspend.

By following a few simple rules, you can avoid those difficulties.  Here are 5 kitchen remodeling tips to think about before you begin your remodeling project.

1) Anticipate Your Budget Going Over- 9 times out of 10, your remodeling project is going to go over budget 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.

For example, if you have decided to spend $10,000 to remodel your kitchen and give yourself five weeks to finish the job, you can generally expect to end up spending about $12,500 and seven weeks on the project. There are no hard-and-fast rules, but one thing experienced remodeling professionals have learned–always expect the unexpected.

2) Research Everything– Do lots of research concerning the materials you will be using and the specifications of each product. Go to your home improvement store to get test paint color samples. kitchen remodel

They should be knowledgeable about current trends and the latest products on the market. Don’t assume that the big box stores are going to have the best prices. Even though they have the buying power, you can find the same extra products online for a lot less because they don’t have the overhead of the retail stores.

3) 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, accent colors, and hardware that really make a remodeling project come to life.

4) Anticipate Problems and Delays– Inevitably with every project you are going to run into scheduling problems and design flaws. Keep in mind that no two renovation projects are going to be the same, so even experienced renovators are going to make mistakes. Odds are you’re going to change your mind and do things somewhat differently than you had originally planned,  you’re most likely  going to run into things that you hadn’t anticipated.

5) Higher Price Doesn’t Always Mean Higher Quality- This is where the research comes in. For some materials you are only paying for the brand name. Kitchen Cabinets is the perfect example. By researching different cabinet manufacturers and distributors, you will often find that some of the lower priced cabinets offer the same quality at a more affordable price. Other materials, such as windows and basic supplies will generally reflect the quality in their price. Focus on quality and use the best quality of materials you can afford.

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 ToolBoxBuzzr 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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