Ah, a kitchen renovation. Known as one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, kitchens are the place the modern-day homeowner spends most of their time. From the kids doing their homework at the kitchen island to hosting dinner during the holiday season, the kitchen is an important part of any home. So, when you decide to do renovations, it’s important that you have an idea as to how long it’ll take so that you can plan accordingly. Here’s a helpful timeline as you plan ahead for your kitchen cabinet renovation.
The cabinets you choose will have a big impact on your renovation timeline. Some cabinets take longer to put together and ship than others, especially if you’re looking for custom cabinetry. Deciding on the cabinets you want early on will go a long way in ensuring that your kitchen reno moves smoothly and on time.
A budget is one of the most important parts of any home renovation project. Without it, you run the risk of breaking the bank. It’s imperative that you establish a budget and stick to it. Consider putting some of your budget aside for any surprise expenses, like replacing bad sub-flooring or fixing unseen plumbing issues. You never know what will happen once contractors start opening walls or rearranging electrical. Having a small portion of your budget dedicated to that is important.
When it comes to cabinets, the total cost will depend on a variety of factors. Color, features and the overall size/shape of your kitchen will determine the final cost of your cabinets. Are you looking to install a roll-out spice cabinet? Or, maybe you want shelves without doors on some of your upper cabinets. All of these factors play a huge role in your total cost for kitchen cabinets. Recognizing that custom features and unique colors will require a longer turnaround time is essential in your renovation planning.
The installation of your kitchen cabinets will determine the overall cost and time dedicated to them. We proudly offer RTA cabinets for homeowners who are either fully knowledgeable on how to install cabinets or for homeowners who are hiring a contractor to do it for them. There are pros and cons to RTA cabinets, though.
Regardless of whether you choose to go RTA or fully assembled, you will still need to determine who is installing the cabinets. Many homeowners choose the DIY route while others still like the peace of mind that having a professional installer brings. Here are some aspects to consider as you compare these two options:
Next on the list is planning your kitchen layout. At the center of this task is figuring out which cabinets go where. Since you have already figured out who is installing the cabinets, make sure to include them in this very important part of the process. While planning your layout, you need to take into account the location of current utilities like plumbing and electric. Do they fit with how you want your layout to function? Or do you need to plan on moving them? This could reduce the surprise expenses you encounter. Working with your installer and a professional kitchen designer, you should be able to find a layout that fits both the function and the budget you need. Lastly and certainly not least, accurate measurements are vital. Make sure your installer verifies any final layout you have selected so they can make sure it will work with the actual space. Even an inch (or half an inch!) can cause extra costs and time if the cabinets don’t fit into the space.
After deciding which cabinets you want, budgeting for them, determining who’s installing them and planning your layout, you should order your cabinets. The earlier you order them, the better. There are 3 things that will affect how long until you receive your cabinets from the time you order them:
Be sure to take these times into account when shopping for your cabinets so you can order with a sufficient amount of time. Getting that order placed as soon as you can will really go a long way in ensuring your renovation stays on time! In fact, our Woodline Cabinets have a great turnaround time with all the features of our Express Series, but just a few more colors to choose from, such as blue or even cinnamon.
Delays can and do happen and it is best to get ahead of them by planning ahead. With these helpful tips, you can get started on your kitchen cabinet renovation project and head off the added stress that comes without proper planning. So what are you waiting for? Start planning today!
Comments will be approved before showing up.