9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s the place where you feed your family and care for their well-being. Unfortunately, our kitchens aren’t always designed with us in mind. Instead, many of us are left with a kitchen that is both impractical and awkward. You should love the kitchen you spend so much time in. If you don’t, it’s time for a remodel! Here are 9 steps to remodel your kitchen.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 1: Make a Plan

Sit down and really think about how you use your kitchen. What would you change to make it more functional? Do you need more storage space? How about a breakfast bar so the kids can do their homework while you make dinner?  Also, take into consideration how it will look with your changes.  The goal should be to eliminate as many steps as possible while you are cooking. During this step, you should look at the current design of your kitchen and determine how much change is needed.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 2: Discover your Options

After you determine your design, spend some time looking into the different cabinet styles, countertops, and appliances that will make your dream a reality. During this step, you will need to develop your budget and get an idea as to how much the entire project will cost. Create a priority list. What do you absolutely have to have and what are you willing to compromise in order to meet your budget.  

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9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 3: Find a Contractor

When you are ready to finally start your project, you should hire a contractor. With the help of a contractor, you will have a better chance at staying on your budget and on a timetable. There are also building codes and regulations that must be followed, which is difficult to understand on your own. Be sure that the contractor you hire is one that you can trust and feel comfortable with.  These are the people that will be in your house every single day so do your homework and research them!  Don’t be afraid to ask for references. These references should be past clients that they have worked for.  You are putting your home in their hands.  You can’t afford to make a bad decision on who you trust!

Bonus Tip: Check out one of our past articles that explained the 5 questions to ask every contractor.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 4: Finalize a Design

Once your contractor has been selected, you will be able to sit down and finalize everything you have been developing. Make sure you are honest about your needs as well as what you want your new kitchen to look like. This will help your contractor ensure that he designing the space correctly and that he is allowing an adequate amount of money for material allowances.  The closer he can get you to a realistic budget amount during this step the better! By the time you are finished with this step you should be able to see your kitchen’s final design.  At this point, you need to be sure the design is exactly what you were expecting.

Bonus Tip: Make sure your contractor utilizes computer CAD software to help you visualize your project before cabinets and countertops are ordered.  We use 2020 software which will create full-color renderings of your kitchen.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 5: Choose Specific Items

Now that you have finalized your design, it’s time to begin selecting the actual cabinets, countertops, appliances, colors and finishes for your kitchen. This is one of the best places to save some money on your remodel project, but it is also a place where you can spend more money. For example, you may be able to save a significant amount of money simply by changing the door style of the cabinets. You may also spend significantly more money by upgrading your granite countertops to an exotic color.  Keep your priorities in check especially if you are budget conscious!

Bonus Tip: Always make sure your contractor supplies all materials for your project.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 6: Prepare for the Big Day

Before the remodel can actually begin, you must first prepare your current kitchen. This means you will need to remove decorations from the walls, food from the pantry and dishes from the cabinets. Make sure you do a thorough job of cleaning out cabinets and moving things out that are not part of the remodel. You may even want to consider moving furniture or other things from adjacent rooms that may be affected by the kitchen remodel.

Bonus Tip: Learn more about the ways you can control dust during your remodeling project.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 7: The Remodel

Your kitchen will go through many steps throughout the remodel. The first step is demolition, where everything that needs to be removed is removed. If major construction is taking place, this will be the next step in the process. After plumbing and electrical systems are updated, the walls will be closed up and you will begin to see the kitchen take shape. Please keep in mind that no matter how well organized the project may be up front, problems will occur.  It may be something small or something big.  What’s important is how your contractor resolves them.  A good project manager will be responsive and come to you with solutions when problems arise.  You need to remember that you working with humans and humans make mistakes. From sales people to designers to vendors and craftsmen, there may be a hundred humans involved directly or indirectly with your project.  Patience is key during the process.

Bonus Tip: Make sure your contractor shares the schedule with you and has an easy way to communicate the changes during your project.  We use Co-Construct software which is an all-in-one online communication system.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 8: Inspections

This is something you will want to talk to your contractor about upfront. Here at Sebring Services, we encourage our clients to allow us to pull the necessary building permits for their project.  City inspections are typically required during the rough phase of the project, (just prior to drywall when the mechanical trades are done), and at the end of the project when it is complete. In the end, this is for your safety and will ensure that all work has been completed per code and correctly.

Bonus Tip: Download our free ebook: Remodeling 101.  Read the chapter on the “Benefits of Building Permits.”

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

Step 9: Go Over the Finished Kitchen

No remodel will go perfectly smooth. After the remodel has been completed, make sure you carefully review the design, appliances, and finishes. Look for defects in the material as well as appliances that don’t work properly. Review your list with your contractor so he may determine who is responsible for final adjustments. By this time, you should be able to start moving back into your kitchen and enjoying your new space!

Bonus Tip: Make sure you have your contractor spell out in the contract what the warranty is on labor.  Our warranty is 5 years, but this can range anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

Whether your kitchen is not a design you enjoy or it is difficult to move around in, you deserve a remodel to fit with your lifestyle. Follow these steps to make sure your kitchen is exactly what you want it to be. To learn more about how you can remodel your kitchen easily and efficiently, contact us today.

9 Easy Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen

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48 Comments

  1. James Bergman July 26, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I think you have a great list for getting ready for a remodel. I just want to add to the planning and discovering options. You should do most of it before hiring a contractor, but since you will be asking for references etc. I think this is a good time to see how different kitchens look in person. If possible see if you are able to see some of the kitchens your contractor has built or is building. I think seeing kitchens in person is one of the best ways of figuring out what you want and what your options are.

  2. Megan Earl August 4, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I would really like to redo my kitchen and I feel like this post gave me all of the help I need in order to get organized. I really like the tip about discovering all of your options. I mean, there’s no use talking to a contractor if you don’t even know what kinds of renovations you want to make, right? I think doing a little bit of research on kitchen renovations would be a great place for me to start. Thank you!

  3. Lillian Schaeffer September 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that a contractor can help keep you within budget and on a good timetable. My husband and I have been discussing what we want for a kitchen remodel, and we currently have a rough plan. We’ll definitely look into finding a good contractor we feel comfortable working with to help us finalize a design and make a plan. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Joe October 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    This is a nice over all step by step plan for folks who haven’t been through the process and are looking to do a remodel. I’ll definitely share this article. Great advice. Thanks.

  5. Dave Anderson November 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I like the idea of questioning if i need more storage space and if how each change will look. I am planning on expanding my kitchen and changing the cabinets and counter tops. While drawing up a plan and putting it into action i will definitely put those ideas into practice.

  6. Jen Pack December 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    My husband and I have wanted to remodel our kitchen for a while now, so I appreciate these steps on how to make it happen. I like the tip you give of finding a contractor to do the remodeling. I wouldn’t have thought that that was as important before, but it makes sense that there are certain building codes and regulations that contractors know how to comply with.

  7. Joseph Dileo December 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I would really like to redo my kitchen and I feel like this post gave me all of the help I need in order to get organized. I really like the tip about discovering all of your options.

  8. Kenneth Gladman December 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I like that you mentioned finding a reliable contractor. This may be the biggest part of the remodel. You want to make sure you find someone who will add valuable insight to your project while letting you be in control.

  9. Trend Transformations December 16, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Yes, a kitchen and bathroom is also the important part of the home which makes your home beautiful. I love all the ideas which make our house, kitchen and bathroom looking shinny. There are many industries which remodel our home kitchen and bathroom and give the best look.

  10. The HandyForce December 19, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Some people may have thought of renovation as a simple task. It is not. It would take months and months of preparation before the renovation day itself. Proper planning is key. This would save you time and money than just jumping into it. Thank you for sharing this list!

  11. Marie Watson December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for explaining the steps you should take to plan a kitchen remodel. I just moved into a new home, and I really don’t like how the kitchen is laid out. I would love to remodel it, so I would think it is important to understand the first steps I should take. It makes sense that the first thing to do is create a plan. Hopefully, I can figure out what exactly I don’t like about my kitchen and how I could make it more functional before I speak to a remodeling contractor.

  12. Johnny McCarron December 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I really like your advice to find a good contractor. I think that many of us want to do things like kitchen remodeling on our own. However, it can be quite difficult to remodel a kitchen if you aren’t a professional. Do you have any other tips about finding a good contractor to help you?

  13. Kenneth Gladman January 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I like your advice on making sure to hire a quality contractor. You want someone that will listen to your ideas but also provide some ideas of their own. I would find someone with lots of experience.

  14. Jade Brunet January 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    It is good to know that with the help of a contractor, you will have a better chance at staying on budget and on a timetable when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. It would be great to ask for referrals to find the right contractor for you. My sister recently remodeled her kitchen and said that the whole project took only three months to complete. She enjoys her new and improved kitchen.

  15. Marie Watson January 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for recommending the steps to take towards remodeling your kitchen. You make a great point about how important it is to find a contractor. It makes sense that a professional will be able to help you stick to your budget and timeline. Hopefully, I can find a good contractor whom I am comfortable with to help me remodel my kitchen.

  16. Braden Bills January 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I want to make sure that my kitchen ends up looking nice. It makes sense that I would want to remodel it! I’ll talk to my wife to see if she has any ideas. I’ll go ahead and start looking for a contractor.

  17. Lillian Schaeffer January 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that planning is important when renovating your kitchen. My wife has been wanting to improve our kitchen for a while now, and I feel like we’re now in a good place financially to do so. I’m sure plenty of forethought would be an auspicious start to a project like this, so we’ll make sure to take the time to plan.

  18. Caden Dahl January 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that planning is important when renovating your kitchen. My wife has been wanting to improve our kitchen for a while now, and I feel like we’re now in a good place financially to do so. I’m sure plenty of forethought would be an auspicious start to a project like this, so we’ll make sure to take the time to plan.

  19. Javier Milan January 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Great and s lot of thanks for your information of kitchen ideas, it’s really helpful for upgrading our kitchen planning.

  20. Zequek Estrada February 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I totally agree that you deserve a remodeled kitchen that fits your lifestyle. It’s why I think it’s essential to plan things out thoroughly before kitchen renovations are started. In my opinion, the smallest details can make the biggest difference.

  21. Olivia Nelson February 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I agree that you need to choose specific items in your kitchen that will be remodeled. I would imagine that if you have some things that you like a lot it would be a bad idea to replace them along with everything else. My husband and I really need new countertops so when it comes to the remodel I’ll need to be sure to include that in my budget.

  22. Ridley Fitzgerald February 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I appreciate these great tips for remodeling a kitchen. Our kitchen has been the same for 15 years, so I am ready to give it a change. I like how you said that finalizing the design should happen after you pick a contractor. It makes sense that the contractor should get a say in the design.

  23. Danni Black February 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I really like your tip about making sure that you discover your options when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. We have been thinking about getting some new granite countertops for our island so we will be sure to keep these tips in mind. Hopefully, we can find a great contractor to work with through the whole process, thanks!

  24. Golan Azran March 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Very nicely described about reinstalling kitchen in your home, finding a Constructor is very important concern here. must make a good deal with them.

  25. Jade Brunet March 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    It is good to know that finding a contractor can help you to stay on your budget and timetable when it comes to a kitchen remodel. I like what was said about finding someone that you can trust and feel comfortable with. I have also heard that contractors with great communication skills are awesome to work with.

  26. Siaosi March 29, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I would love to remodel my living room. I think it would be nice to have extra decor for the room as well. I like how you mentioned to choose specific ways to fix up the room. I like how mentioned to choose specific items.

  27. Braden Bills April 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I want to make sure I handle my renovation properly. It makes sense that I would want to make the kitchen more effective! I’ll make sure I plan everything out to make it more efficient.

  28. Annika Larson April 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    My husband and I are excited to start planning for our upcoming kitchen renovation. We want to make sure we do everything possible to make this a smooth process. It’s especially important that we find the right contractor. As you said, finding someone you can trust and feel comfortable with is crucial.

  29. Taylor Hicken April 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    My fiance and I have been planning on remodeling our kitchen for weeks now, but we’ve never had time to talk with a professional. I’m hoping that within the next week we’ll be able to hire a contractor, that way we can sit down and start planning in detail about our kitchen. I’ll have to see if we can have this project done before our big family BBQ next month.

  30. Alice Jones April 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I believe finding a remodeling contractor is very important in the kitchen remodel process. Redoing a kitchen can be a big project and if your budget isn’t well managed, it can be difficult. With the help of a contractor, they will be able to help you maintain the budget but still get you the style that you want. I liked how you included a bonus tip about the type of questions one should ask a contractor. I’m going to look at that article and see which questions I should have in mind before out kitchen remodel.

  31. Davin May 25, 2017 at 12:25 am

    The kitchen is often the most used room in the house and its one of the most enjoyable areas to customize to exactly what you want, thank you for this article.

  32. Gloria Durst May 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I like how you say that a contractor can help you understand building codes when you are remodeling. It makes sense that they would have more experience with these types of regulations than you would as well. My sister is looking for a contractor to help her remodel her kitchen so she’ll have to consider their knowledge of building regulations like you said.

  33. Scott Adams June 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I like how you mentioned choosing to change small things like the front of the cabinets. I have been wanting to remodel and save money while doing it. I can see how just changing the front of your cabinets could save both money and time.

  34. Ivy Baker June 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    This is some really good information kitchen remodeling. My current home has a really small kitchen and that is hard for me because I love to cook. So, I would love to remodel it soon. It is good to know that I should know that walls will have to be exposed until the electrical and plumbing are updated. It seems to try to get that done sooner rather than later.

  35. Braden Bills July 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    My wife and I have plans together for a renovation, but we don’t know what to do next. It makes sense that getting a contractor would be a good idea! They would be able to get everything installed properly and efficiently.

  36. Lauren Jones July 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

    We are so excited to be remodeling our kitchen, because we think it will increase the property value of our home. I like what was mentioned about changing the door style of the kitchen cabinets. I agree that this would be a good way of saving a significant amount of money. We will keep this in mind as we start the project, thanks.

  37. Sandra Hexner July 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for all this great information for a kitchen remodel. We are hoping to start a renovation project for the original part of our home. I love the tip that you mentioned to carefully review the design, appliances and finishes, so I can find defects before my contract with a contractor is over. That is really helpful advice and I’ll be writing that down to remember!

  38. Raisa Delima September 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I like that you talked about first making a plan for renovating your kitchen. That sounds like such an easy step, but we are having a hard time knowing both what we want and what our options are. Maybe we will try to find a contractor first that could help us design our kitchen. Maybe they would be able to offer us advice that would get some ideas flowing!

  39. Scott September 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I like that you recommend to sit down and think about what needs to be changed in your kitchen. I can see why this would help you make a good list of what you want to change. My mom is wanting to remodel her kitchen in the next year or so. I’ll have to ask her if she has done this.

  40. Jalu Sakti September 18, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I’m glad you started out by suggesting to make a plan so that the remodel process will go smoothly. We need to do that so that we are ready to find the right contractor to help us out. I think if we made a list of the must-have features for our kitchen, it will be a lot easier to find the right remodeling company to help us!

  41. Becca Holton September 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    That bonus tip was greatly appreciated. It was a nice reminder to make sure that everything is written down and that your contract covers all the bases. My husband and I have been thinking about having our kitchen remodeled, so this was helpful.

  42. Steve Seb September 23, 2017 at 4:58 am

    There has 9 ideas for us and we can use these ideas without any hesitation because i haired about your blog from my friend she used these ideas. I like your blog very much b’coz your blog is very informative.

  43. Bobby Saint October 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    You mentioned about finding a contractor when remodeling your kitchen. I totally agree because a contractor would be able to provide an expert advice as well as other options regarding the design that you want. They are also knowledgeable about the requirements and policies that need to be met if you’re residing in a building or complex. If I were to remodel my kitchen, I would definitely hire a contractor, too. Thanks.

  44. Sam Li November 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I’m glad I came across your article about remodeling your kitchen. For me, the best part of the article is when you talked about how you must finalize your decision in choosing the designs. I also like that you talked about how you must consider your needs and how you want your new kitchen to look like. I’m interested to remodel our kitchen because there are more things that I wish to see in it like more cabinets. My daughters love to bake, so new cabinets will help me make sure that all items and ingredients are properly stored when not in use. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  45. Taylor Bishop December 5, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I just wanted to thank you for explaining what to do to remodel a kitchen. I’m really glad that you mentioned to find a contractor that you are comfortable with. I can definitely see the benefits of this, especially so that you can continually discuss with them the progress of the project.

  46. JM December 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Great site thanks for sharing with us.

  47. Harry O'Brien February 1, 2018 at 8:26 am

    That is some sound advice about the communication system. I had a lot of communication problems with my contractor when I hired them for a kitchen remodel in Natchitoches. That is some helpful info. Keep writing.

  48. jasika December 5, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Hello there, I was getting ready for my kitchen remodel and need some direction. I was searching for rebuilding ideas or steps and luckly got your post. For me it’s difficult to find worker or finalize a kitchen design plan. Thanks for sharing such informative points.

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