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Frequently Asked Questions About Kitchen Remodeling

What do I need to do to prepare for my kitchen renovation?

Remodeling a kitchen improves the appearance and function of the space. The challenge is preparing for the project and planning for the time required to complete the project. You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. If you don’t know yet, look at some magazines, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a Free Design Consultation with a Remodeling Consultant. You will be instructed by your Remodeling Consultant as to what exact steps you need to take. But, generally speaking, before construction begins, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed. Although, we cover the areas surrounding our work area, you’ll want to protect your furniture from dust with plastic and/or sheets.

How can I possibly pay for a new kitchen or bathroom?

Like any major purchase, you should only spend what you can afford to spend. That means setting a budget and sticking to it. If you work with a professional kitchen designer, he’ll help you make the most of it – and he’ll respect the budget you’ve set.

As for payment, there are a number of options. Some homeowners tap into personal savings to get the kitchen of their dreams. Others take out home equity loans. And many times, professional kitchen/bath firms will work with lending institutions to offer financing options much like car dealers do. If you’re buying a house and know you’ll need to remodel the kitchen, you may be able to incorporate the costs in your mortgage.

How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?

The price for a new kitchen or bathroom will be affected by (1) where you buy it (2) what features it includes and (3) the brands/models you select.

For kitchens, pricing can range from $5,000 or so (if you do some work yourself) to as much as $150,000 and higher. On average, a kitchen will cost from $15,000 – $22,100, including design, products and installation.

Bathroom prices generally average between $6,500 and $9,300 when you’re replacing everything. Again, the cost can be lower or considerably higher depending on what you’re looking for.

What is the kitchen ``work triangle`` and why is it important?

The “work triangle” is the kitchen area from the refrigerator to the main cooking area to the main sink. Connect the three and it should form a triangle (unless you have a ‘one-wall’ kitchen). It’s important because at or immediately adjacent to the triangle’s points all the key kitchen activities — food preparation, cooking and clean up — take place. The work triangle helps to ensure that your kitchen will be functional. It keeps cooking activities centered in one area, with all the necessities close at hand. See NKBA’s Kitchen Planning Guidelines for more information.