Kitchen Remodeling FAQs: The Most Popular Questions Answered

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Before and after kitchen remodeling project

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, chances are you have a lot of questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What kind of return on investment can I expect? And perhaps most importantly, what should I do to prepare my family for the remodeling process? 

FAQs About Kitchen Remodeling

You’re not alone—these are all common questions among homeowners embarking on a kitchen remodel. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (and answers!) about kitchen remodeling.

So whether you’re just starting to plan your project or you’re ready to start demolition, read on for everything you need to know about kitchen remodeling.

How long does a kitchen remodeling project take?

The answer to this question depends mostly on the scope of the project. A simple cosmetic kitchen renovation could be completed in just a few weeks, while a complete gut job could take several months—or even longer.

During the design phase, it’s important to work closely with your kitchen remodeling contractor so that they understand your vision and can develop a realistic construction schedule. Keep in mind that even if everything goes according to plan, there’s always the potential for delays—for example, if weather causes construction delays or material shortages occur. 

At Brucksch & Sons, we like to establish clear lines of communication with you from day one. After an in-house consultation, we will ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding a completion date. 

How do I plan for a kitchen remodel?

Plan for a kitchen remodel

Before you start on your kitchen remodeling journey, you first need to decide what you want to change. Do you want to update the appliances, cabinets, or countertops? Knowing your goals for your remodel will help speed up the planning process.

We recommend browsing online design blogs and magazines for kitchen remodeling ideas. You can then share these ideas with your local contractors so they have a clearer concept of your design vision. You can also browse our gallery of kitchen remodels for more inspiration!

What Are The Stages Of Kitchen Remodeling?

Every kitchen remodeling project is unique, but the stages typically run as follows:

  1. Pre-remodeling: This step includes initial consultations (via phone and in-person), design phase, selection of materials, pre-job walkthrough, and contract signing
  2. Demolition: Removing anything that will be replaced or reconfigured. This includes everything from old cabinetry and appliances to the removal of walls
  3. Plumbing: Remove and reconfigure plumbing so it suits your new kitchen
  4. Electrical: Replace or update electrical systems, including lighting
  5. Drywall: Installation of new drywall and insulation
  6. Cabinetry: Installation of new cabinets
  7. Countertops: Installation of new countertops
  8. Flooring: Installation of your flooring materials choice and baseboards
  9. Paint: Painting of walls and ceiling
  10. Backsplash: Installation of a new backsplash
  11. Fixtures: Installation of a new sink, faucets, or any other new fixtures you request
  12. Appliances: Installation of a new stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, or any other new appliances
  13. Post-remodeling: Clean up. Some kitchen remodeling contractors will also do a walkthrough with the homeowner to ensure everything meets their expectations

How Do I Finance A Kitchen Remodel?

Financing a kitchen remodel

If you have equity in your home, you may be able to take out a home equity loan or line of credit to fund your kitchen remodel. Another option is to obtain a personal loan from a bank or other financial institution.

You may also be able to finance your remodel with a credit card, although this will likely result in a higher interest rate. Whatever financing option you choose, be sure to compare interest rates and terms before making a decision.

Will Remodeling A Kitchen Add Value To My Home?

According to the 2022 Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners In Baltimore who remodel their kitchens can expect to recoup anywhere from 44.8% to 64.3% of the cost of their kitchen renovation. However, this data is based on national averages, not ones just in the Maryland area. The amount of value kitchen remodels add to a home can vary greatly depending on region and specific real estate markets. But even if you’re not planning to sell, a remodeled kitchen that’s well-designed can add enjoyment and functionality to your everyday life.

How Can I Cut Costs On A Kitchen Remodel?

Since most of the cost of remodeling comes from the materials you select, you can always save money by selecting less expensive materials. For example, you can save money by choosing countertop materials that are less expensive than granite or marble, such as laminate or ceramic tile. That being said, you don’t want to sacrifice quality by going with cheaper materials that may not satisfy your kitchen renovation design goals.

If you’re willing to DIY some of the work, you can also keep labor costs down. However, you don’t want to do any DIY work unless you are confident in your ability to complete the work correctly. Many DIYers have ended up spending more money because kitchen remodeling contractors have to redo work that is done incorrectly or is not up to code.

You can also lower costs by doing a less complex project. For instance, instead of purchasing new cabinets, you could opt to reface or repaint your existing ones.

How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A Kitchen?

Per the 2022 Cost vs. Value Report, the Baltimore, Maryland, average for a minor midrange kitchen remodel is $28,420, while a major upscale remodel averages $161,605. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to spend 5-15% of your home’s value on your kitchen remodel. 

That being said, the cost of a remodel will vary widely based on kitchen size, materials selected, the region you live in, and the local kitchen remodelers you use.

Is It Better To Reface Or Replace Kitchen Cabinets?

Kitchen with new cabinets

While refacing your cabinets is cheaper than replacing them, the money you save may not justify the end result. Approximately 70% of the cost of a cabinet comes from the cabinet door. This means, in most cases, it may be worth just spending the additional 30% for brand-new cabinets.

How Do You Remodel A Kitchen On A Tight Budget?

The most obvious way to save money on a kitchen remodel is to use cheaper materials or repurpose existing materials whenever possible. However, a better strategy may be to limit the scope of your remodel by focusing on your highest priorities while delaying remodeling your entire kitchen. This way, you can still use high-quality materials and then complete other lower-priority aspects of your remodel at a later date.

Can I Live In My Home During A Kitchen Remodel?

Yes, but this largely depends on the scope of work for your kitchen remodel, as well as your personal tolerance level for construction noise. In any case, you won’t have access to your kitchen for weeks or months, so if you do decide to stay, we recommend setting up an alternative cooking or food preparation area.

What Are Some Inexpensive Updates I Can Do To My Kitchen Without Doing A Full Remodel?

Recent kitchen remodel with white cabinets

If your kitchen is in need of a makeover but you don’t have the time or budget for a full remodel, there are still plenty of ways to give it a fresh new look. Here are a few ideas:

  • Paint the walls and ceiling
  • Update your hardware
  • Switch out your light fixtures
  • Replace your kitchen faucet

When Does A Kitchen Remodel Require A Permit?

The specific requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another, but in general, permits are required for any work that involves electrical, plumbing, or structural changes. The best course of action is to consult with your local building department or kitchen remodeling contractors. They’ll be able to advise you on the specific requirements for your area.

What Kind Of Cabinets Can I Get For My Kitchen Remodel?

Brown kitchen cabinets

The most expensive component of a remodel is typically the kitchen cabinets. Fortunately, when it comes to cabinetry, there are sizes, styles, and price point options for just about every type of kitchen. Just keep in mind that semi-custom and custom cabinets will cost more than stock kitchen cabinets.

Stock kitchen cabinets come in a standard size and shape, which makes them easy to install. However, they may not offer the same level of customization as other options.

If you’re willing to spend more on your kitchen cabinets, semi-custom or custom options may be a better choice. Semi-custom cabinets offer more sizes and finishes than stock cabinets, while custom cabinets are made to order and can be designed to fit any kitchen layout. 

Brucksch & Sons Contracting, LLC Can Bring Your Dream Kitchen To Life

We hope these FAQs have given you a better understanding of how to plan and finance your remodel, as well as what to expect during the process. If you’re ready to take the next step, we’d love to help!

Here at Brucksch & Sons Contracting, LLC, we pride ourselves on treating your family and your house with the utmost respect and understanding. We realize the big impact that changes to your home can have on your life, and we promise to maintain transparent communication throughout the kitchen remodeling (or bathroom remodeling) process.

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