Kitchen Remodeling: It’s A Process

Click here for the Kitchen Views "Getting Started" page

If you add “renovating/remodeling the kitchen” to your to-do list on a Friday, don’t expect to cross it off by the end of the weekend.  The average kitchen from start to finish takes about 3 – 6 months, sometimes even longer.

Start with collecting ideas about what you want your kitchen to look and feel like.  When looking through magazines, tear out any picture that has something you like in it, whether it is a cabinet color, door style, backsplash or layout.  It makes it easier to explain the look you want when you sit down with a designer.

Next you want to think about how you use your kitchen.  Think about your current kitchen and what you love and hate about it.  What do want in your new kitchen?  More counter space?  More storage?  Do you entertain?  Are you a one or multi-cook family?  Do you need space to store several small appliances?  Does your kitchen need to include an eating area?  These are just some of the questions that a designer will go over you with when you sit down to discuss layout.

Appliance and cabinet selection coincide with designing the layout.  You should have a good idea of what appliances you want to use in your kitchen when you sit down with a designer.

You may go through several renditions of the design of your kitchen.  The more intricate the design, the longer the process may take.  Once you finalize your layout, your cabinets can be ordered.  Depending on the line of cabinets you are using, lead time for delivery can be anywhere from 2-14 weeks.  Stock cabinets are available much quicker.  The average lead time for semi-custom and custom cabinets is anywhere from 6-14 weeks.

Preparation!  Renovating or remodeling a kitchen involves a lot of details.  The more prepared you are, the better off you will be!

To help, we have a page called “Getting Started” on the Kitchen Views website. You’ll find a PDF there that gives ten tips for getting started and another that gives measurement guidance. Click here to check it out!

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1 Response to “Kitchen Remodeling: It’s A Process”


  1. 1 DIANNE November 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    WOW….just starting viewing this site….
    I LOVE this kitchen….so clean and bold at the same time!!!!
    Great job Melissa !!!!!:):)


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