Designer Insights

Simple Kitchen Remodeling for the Holidays

We meet thousands of homeowners every year and many have dreams about renovating their kitchen, so we thought we’d share some basics about renovations that we’ve learned over the years.

If you have aspirations to renovate for the holidays, we recommend focusing on a light to medium renovation. Time is your biggest challenge because the most anticipated entertaining holidays are just a couple of months away. Here are a couple of ways to make some changes now, so you’ll be ready for those important entertaining dates on your calendar.

Light renovations of a kitchen are the best way to help you get to your goal of a change without investing an enormous amount of time and money into the process. Many light renovations focus on painting, updating appliances and adding decorative elements in your kitchen. It’s amazing how much difference a color change makes. After you have looked around at some magazines, check out www.houzz.com as this is a massive website where designers show off their handy work. You can get some great color ideas from this site and a vision for how decorative accessories can make a big difference in your kitchen. Updating your appliances is another quick and effective step, and costs significantly less than you think. You can update your complete kitchen with new stainless steel appliances for around $2500 to $5000. These types of costs reflect quality, name brand appliances and features like convection cooking, ice and water dispensers on the refrigerator and whisper-quiet dishwashers. These types of 4-piece or 5-piece appliance packages are consistently available for your home.

In addition to all the changes above, you may want to consider changing out your countertops and sink if you’re looking to do a medium-sized renovation. It’s another great way to update your kitchen. It’s actually not as complicated as it sounds. Once you find a company that you want to work with, all you have to do is choose the countertops and sink that you want. These days, there are so many choices available that you’ll easily be able to find exactly what you want. The company will send someone out to your house to measure your countertops and sink, and then they will come back another day to install them once they’re cut to your specific measurements. In many cases, installation only takes a few hours.

When planning a complete renovation, give yourself a minimum of three months to finish it. In addition to the changes listed in the light and medium renovations, you may want to consider updating your flooring and cabinetry. Whether you go with hardwood, bamboo, tile or something else, you have a wide array of choices in flooring. When it comes to cabinetry, you also have many options. You can stain, paint or reface your current cabinets or switch them out completely.

Remodeling your kitchen can be fun and exciting. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to complete your remodel before you have a big social gathering, so you won’t add stress to your life by rushing through your remodel.