The kitchen is one of the most frequently updated and renovated rooms in the home, maybe because it’s one of the most frequently used rooms in the home as well. That doesn’t mean that every kitchen remodel is going to look the same. There are three basic levels of kitchen remodeling; finding out what level you’re ready to take on can help you set the right budget, find the right Pro for the job, and visualize what your new kitchen will end up looking like.

During a Complete Kitchen Remodel

When you’re planning for or considering a complete remodel, it means that your kitchen will be taken out right down to the studs. In a complete remodel, you are replacing the flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, and possibly some walls. You may also be extending the space by moving walls to gain additional square feet.

Because a complete remodel takes everything out of the kitchen, this is the time for you to consider a new layout for the space. This may include rearranging your work area, adding an island or peninsula, or taking down a wall to enlarge the area.

To get this work done properly, you’ll want to team up with a kitchen designer, an architect, or a design firm that specializes in kitchens. These Pros will be able to assist you in planning your new layout and helping you determine which walls can be moved to enlarge your space without compromising your home’s structural integrity. During the planning phases, you’ll get a new layout, choose new cabinetry, flooring, appliances, countertops, sink, faucet, and possibly a backsplash. If you’ve always wanted a pot filler or a wine fridge, a complete kitchen remodel is the time to plan them into your design. Likewise, if you want to add a desk, eating area, kitchen banquette, bar, or half wall with seating in your living or dining room, a complete remodel can easily incorporate any of these things into the rest of the plan.

Full kitchen remodels can last anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks from start to finish. You won’t be without a kitchen for the duration, but you could be without a working kitchen for roughly 4 to 6 weeks depending on the layout, what type of cabinetry you have, and how long your counters take to fabricate. Even though some well-planned kitchens can take only a couple of weeks to complete, you should plan on being without one for longer in case problems or changes occur. Be sure to make alternate plans for cooking, eating, and washing up during this time frame. A microwave in your living room or a budget for extra takeout meals can be beneficial during this time.

A full kitchen remodel is a great way to get a completely new look in your kitchen, address space issues, or make the space more efficient to use. If your subfloors or current cabinets are in poor condition, a full remodel can address these issues and enable you to update the rest of the space at the same time.

If you’re interested in moving forward with a complete kitchen remodel, sign up to get matched with the right team to handle your job and make your new kitchen dreams come true.