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The Most Searched Questions for Kitchen Renovation: Answered by Experts

By Highland Cabinetry | Oct. 15, 2023 | Copy

Renovating your kitchen can be an overwhelming process. Whether you’re looking to completely overhaul the space, restore historical features, or simply give your kitchen a fresh new look, there are numerous considerations to keep in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly. To help ease your journey, our team of experts has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about kitchen renovations. This guide aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and maximize the impact of your kitchen transformation.

James McAllister, the president of Highland Cabinetry Inc., has a broad level of experience and knowledge in this field, and this makes him a perfect person to respond to our top questions about kitchen renovation.

Top Questions People Ask Before Kitchen Renovations

1. What should I consider before starting a kitchen renovation?
  • Budget: Understand how much you can realistically afford to spend. Consider both bottom and top-dollar budgets and what you would imagine the finalized remodel would look like for each.
  • Needs vs. Wants: List all your needs (essentials) and wants (luxury items) to
    guide your spending. Consider practicality; customers frequently overlook their daily routine’s necessities while envisioning endless possibilities.
  • Design: Think about the layout and functionality of your kitchen. How do you use your kitchen? What changes would make it more practical?
  • Contractor Selection: Choose a reputable contractor who understands your vision and can deliver within your budget. Highland sells solely to contractors and maintains a comprehensive contact database of clients whom we are eager to provide referrals for, if necessary.
  • Time frame: Consider the best time to start your renovation, keeping in mind any
    significant dates or events you might be hosting in your home. It’s important to factor in extra time for unforeseen delays at the end of your project. I’ve personally
    witnessed many instances where projects were postponed due to unexpected
2. How do I choose the right contractor for my kitchen renovation?
  • Credentials and Experience: Look for a contractor with strong references, ample experience, and necessary certifications.
  • Portfolio: Review their past projects to assess their craftsmanship and style compatibility.
  • Quotes: Get detailed quotes from at least three contractors to compare prices and scope of work.
  • Communication: Make sure they communicate well and understand your expectations. Think about drafting a written list to avoid relying on memory for expectations communicated verbally. Having a document for reference is crucial for adhering to the initial plan.
3. What are the latest trends in kitchen design?
  • Open Shelving: This design choice adds depth to your kitchen and is popular for displaying dishes and glassware.
  • Two-tone Cabinets: Mixing colors, usually a darker lower cabinet with a lighter upper, adds visual interest and depth. Two of our most sought-after kitchen designs feature a “tuxedo” style, blending Highland’s Onyx Black for base and island cabinets with our renowned white shaker cabinets for the uppers.
  • Smart Kitchens: Embracing technology through smart appliances and fixtures can enhance kitchen functionality. Incorporating internal LED strips for lighting can
    significantly alter the overall ambiance of a project with minimal effort.
  • Eco-Friendly Materials: Using sustainable materials like bamboo for flooring or recycled glass for countertops is becoming increasingly popular.
4. How can I maximize the space in a small kitchen?
  • Storage Solutions: Implementing pull-out drawers, corner cabinets, and overhead storage can help utilize every square inch.
  • Minimalist Design: Keeping the countertop clutter-free and the design elements minimalistic helps the space feel larger.
  • Light Colors: Using light colors for walls, cabinets, and floors can make the space appear bigger and more open.
  • Mirrored Backsplashes: Reflecting light can visually expand the space and add a modern touch.
5. What should I know about the materials and finishes for kitchen cabinets?
  • Material Choices: Highland is renowned for its superior build quality and durability. We employ a strategic MDF door to reduce warping and utilize the highest quality plywood box with high-density furniture board backing. This ensures the wood can adapt to moisture without compromising structural integrity. As an OEM manufacturer, we can customize wood options and accommodate specific job requirements.
  • Finishes: Choose a finish that complements the overall design of your kitchen. Matte and gloss finishes both have their places, depending on the style you are going for. Highland truly excels in finishes, no pun intended. We utilize state-of-the-art machinery to apply three coats of primer and two coats of top finish, which are then dried under heat-activated UV light to maximize the coating structure.
  • Hardware: The right knobs, pulls, and handles can significantly enhance the overall aesthetics of your cabinets.
6. How long does a typical kitchen renovation take?
  • Planning and Design: 1-2 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
  • Ordering and Shipping Materials: 1-3 months, influenced by the availability and origin of materials. For smaller projects, Highland maintains an inventory of over 20,000 kitchens, typically with a lead time of just around one week.
  • Construction: 1-3 months; this phase can vary greatly based on the scope of work and unforeseen challenges.
Additional Tips for a Successful Kitchen Renovation
  • Stay Flexible: Be prepared for unexpected issues or delays. Having a flexible mindset can help reduce stress throughout the renovation process.
  • Keep Resale in Mind: If you plan to sell your house in the future, consider what improvements will increase your home’s market value.
  • Regular Updates: Maintain open lines of communication with your contractor to ensure the project stays on track and within budget.
Tackling a kitchen renovation is no small feat, but with the right preparation and expert advice, you can significantly enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. This guide provides you with critical insights and tips to help navigate your renovation project. Remember to choose the right contractor, stay abreast of the latest design trends, and carefully plan your budget to transform your kitchen into a space you love.