Kitchen Remodeling

By Dan Fritschen

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Photograph provided by Susan Serra

Remodeling your kitchen is one of the most popular home improvement projects and for good reason.  A kitchen remodel can improve your quality of life and, potentially, increase the value of your home.  A kitchen remodel and even more so an addition to the size of your kitchen can increase the value of your home, often more than the cost of the project which means for some people bathroom remodeling is free!


Kitchen Remodeling Cost

Kitchen remodeling is along with a bathroom remodel are often the most expensive home improvement projects.  The cost comes from the concentration of expensive elements in a bathroom.  The cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, faucets, exhaust fan, lighting – all of these and more are required in a typical kitchen remodel which can really drive up the price.

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Kitchen Remodeling Pictures

No matter if you have small kitchen or a large kitchen or something in between getting design ideas is critical to ensure you get the best kitchen you can for the effort and money you will invest in your remodel.  The best place to start your research; searching photos and pictures of kitchens is on the IdeaFile at  The Ideafile allows you to search the entire internet for design ideas, then save them on your private file online that you can access from your phone or any computer by just logging in.  You can share the pictures you find with others to make the design of your kitchen remodel even easier – and more successful.


Kitchen Remodeling Schedule

“How long will it take to remodel my kitchen?” is one of the most common questions I am asked when speaking with homeowners about their projects.  There isn’t an easy answer because, as so many reality TV shows show us, it can be done in 8 hours but at a cost that most homeowners would never consider.  And some parts of a remodel such as tiling, using typical materials, requires days for the thinset and grout to set.

For most of us who are hiring a contractor to do most or all the work you should plan on 2 to 3 months for a remodel from the day demolition starts.  Most of this time no work is going on as the project is on holding waiting for the plumber, or the electrician or the inspector to fit the project into their schedule.  You can certainly get the job done in 2 weeks or less if whoever is working on your project works hard to never let progress on the project slow or stop.  Often times this is not a major issue because a single person can do all or most of the work but this is less common.


Is Kitchen Remodeling a Good DIY Project?

60% of homeowners plan on doing some of the work on their kitchen themselves.  The work they do may be painting or demolition which are popular DIY projects.  Homeowners can also do more complex work such as tiling, plumbing and electrical.  Whichever work you decide to do, if any, ensure you have plenty of experience before your kitchen is gutted and waiting for your contribution.  Take a class if you can to learn from an expert or try some of the many Youtube videos and then practice SEVERAL times before the day when your new found skills will be required.  Practice means setting and grouting tile – several times, wiring switches, sweating pipes, etc.  Everything required in your remodel.  You will waste materials and this will cost you – but the cost will be much less than “on the job training” when your kitchen is in the midst of a remodel and you have a leak in a pipe or the tiling doesn’t go as you plan.




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After careful review of your project where you Hire a contractor, do None of the work yourself and use Average cost materials, we estimate the cost will be between $10,500 and $12,100. We also estimate the payback (the amount your home will appreciate by doing the remodel) will be $800.
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When calculating the cost of your kitchen remodeling project be sure to consider the net or true cost of your remodel.  This is the cost of construction minus what your home will appreciate due to the construction. The free kitchen remodeling cost calculator provides an estimate of this payback as well. This is estimated by the value of your home, the cost of your construction and the typical payback for that type of project. Remember, the amount your home will appreciate – the payback – for your remodel is determined only at the time of sale and by a buyer. If you have any questions talk with an experienced real estate agent who is familiar with the prices of homes in your neighborhood.

Along with getting a free kitchen remodeling cost estimate – dreaming of what it will look like is a favorite first step for homeowners. Try our IdeaFile to search millions of kitchen, bathroom and home pictures and save and share what you find. Click here.


10 Tips to Start your Kitchen Remodeling Project Right!

  • Determine your budget using free kitchen remodeling cost calculators
  • Search, save, and share design ideas using the IdeaFile
  • Hire an interior designer to review your needs and your homes current condition and get their advice and design ideas
  • If you’re hiring a general contractor begin interviewing – interview at least 5
  • If you DIY, check with the local government to see if a permit is required.
  • After talking with contractors – write out a detailed specification for your project.
  • If you DIY, begin looking for tradespeople and sub-contractors to do the work you won’t do.
  • Review quotes and do background and reference check on contractors and create a contract
  • Use signed change orders for any changes in materials or scope of work that occurs during the project.
  • Sign contract and begin work!