Remodeling the kitchen in your home can dramatically improve its beauty, function and value. Whether to refresh a dated look or upgrade cooking facilities, a kitchen renovation can be a substantial project that involves a number of systems and structures in your home. Below, you'll find answers to frequently asked questions surrounding a kitchen remodel.
1. Do I Need My Kitchen Remodeled?
Completing a kitchen remodel is often a matter of personal preference, though in some cases a renovation may be necessary to improve the overall condition of a room. The project has the potential to involve a number of construction areas, which a qualified contractor can address throughout the course of the job. Since carpentry, flooring, painting, plumbing, and electrical work are typically affected by a kitchen remodel, qualified subcontractors may be used to complete your project correctly and efficiently.
2. What are the Benefits of a Kitchen Remodel?
Depending on the extent of your kitchen renovation, a number of benefits from upgraded appliances to layout changes and well-designed cabinets can increase efficiency in this important work area. Upgrades to lighting in prep and dining areas can improve comfort and working conditions, while new flooring, counters, and other finishes can change and enhance the overall appearance and maintenance needs of the room. Hiring professionals to make important modifications to the structure and systems of your kitchen, or to install fixtures and finishes can help ensure proper, complete, and quality completion of the work.
3. How Much of My Kitchen Needs Remodeling?
The scope of your project may be small, with cosmetic changes and cabinetry updates or could entail more involved alterations to flooring, lighting, and fixtures or the installation of all-new custom cabinets and countertops. A complete kitchen renovation may include changing the layout of cabinetry, appliances, plumbing, and wiring. Though the specific features of a kitchen remodel may vary, the project generally affects the entire room, whether it is completely gutted or simply receives a fresh coat of paint on all of its walls. Expanding your kitchen may involve removing walls or building an addition, which significantly increase the scale of the project.
4. What Types of Remodeling Options Exist?
Many remodeling tasks can be completed independently, without impacting other areas or components of a kitchen. Changing light fixtures, flooring, paint, and tile, or refinishing cabinets, upgrading appliances and replacing countertops can make a substantial change without requiring a major overhaul of the space. Installing new cabinetry and making layout, plumbing, or wiring changes will often require other changes since walls, trim, flooring, and counters may be damaged or inconsistent after making modifications.
5 . How Long Does it Take to Remodel a Kitchen?
Many surface and aesthetic changes can be made to a kitchen within a few hours, such as the installation of new light fixtures, faucets, appliances, or counters. Replacing flooring, tile, or cabinets may take an entire day or more, depending on selected finishes and the size of the job. A complete renovation without any layout or drywall changes may be completed in one to two weeks, while enlarging the space or making changes to plumbing, wiring, and carpentry before installing cabinetry, appliances, and other finishes may take several weeks.
6. What Materials are Needed for a Kitchen Remodel?
The materials and tools needed for your project will vary with the features of the kitchen. Most cabinetry, counter, and flooring installations are made with common hand and power tools, while plumbing, wiring, stone, and tile work may require trade-specific tools. In addition to the fixtures, appliances, and finish elements you select, your contractors may use framing lumber, drywall, concrete backer board, plywood, insulation, wire, and plumbing supplies to complete the job.
7. Do Kitchen Remodels Have any Hidden Charges?
While the cost of installing new kitchen elements can generally be budgeted in advance, the nature of demolition and preparation often reveal surprise problems that must be addressed before work can continue. Essential tasks such as repairing moisture, rot, or pest damage and upgrading electrical, plumbing, or ventilation systems can increase project costs. Other hidden expenses may result from the inconvenience and displacement caused by loss of function in your kitchen. A limited ability to prepare meals may require your family to change its shopping and dining habits, which can increase living expenses.
8. What Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost?
Because of the wide potential for kitchen changes during remodeling projects, prices can range from $3,000 to well over $55,000 across the country. Our Kitchen Remodel Cost Guide can help you evaluate several aspects of a kitchen project that contribute to remodeling costs. Carefully planning your renovation goals with your contractor can help you prepare and budget for this important project.