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Frequently Asked Questions About Kitchen Renovations

by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen

Kitchen renovations are often a huge undertaking in many ways. Financially, physically, energetically, and time-wise, any remodeling or renovation project can be draining. Therefore, it’s important to have all of your questions asked ahead of time to make the process smoother, less stressful, and overall less draining.

In this article, we’ve taken the time to answer five of the most frequently-asked questions when it comes to kitchen renovations. These are just a few of the most common questions we get asked, so if you have more questions of your own please feel free to contact us directly.

Q: About how long does the renovation process take?

A: Kitchen designs greatly dictate how long a renovation process will take. You’ll want to come up with a realistic wish list for your kitchen, and go over it with a design professional. This will give you better insight into how long the renovation process should take. There are a few things to think about when it comes to time constraints:

  • Does the renovation involve any big changes (like removing walls, changing the layout of your kitchen, etc.)?
  • Are there any electrical or plumbing problems you’ve encountered in your kitchen so far? Do you anticipate this being a problem during the renovation process?
  • Are you changing the flooring of the kitchen?
  • Are you changing the cabinetry in the kitchen?
  • Do you have any custom-designed elements that will take additional time to construct or craft?
All of these elements can add time to your renovation project. It’s important to have the kitchen you want, and it’s even more important that it’s done right the first time; therefore, it might take more time to get things right, but it should be well worth it.

Q: Can I re-use or re-purpose existing elements of my kitchen to save money?

A: Depending on what kind of shape the existing elements of your kitchen are in, and what your wishes are for your new kitchen, there may be some pieces that can be salvaged, restored, or kept as they are. Here are some you might be thinking of:

  • Cabinets – can often be restored, and it might be more cost-effective than replacing them – but this isn’t always the case.
  • Flooring – depending on the changes you wish to make to your kitchen the flooring might not need to be replaced.
  • Appliances – if you are happy with your current appliances or they fit within your design, you can certainly keep the ones you have and save a good amount of money.

Q: What type of countertops should I use in my kitchen design?

A: When it comes to kitchen countertops, it’s not a one-size-fits all deal. You’ll need to do extensive research on the different types of countertops available to you that fit within your budget. This often requires some consultation with a construction company or wholesale distributor. Here are some things you’ll want to think of:

  • Pricing
  • Availability of materials in your area
  • Durability and longevity
  • The design of your kitchen and of your home
  • The restrictions of each type of material (i.e. what may cause damages over extended periods of time?)
It’s important to think carefully about what countertop best suits your lifestyle, your family, and your individual needs.

Q: How much will a kitchen renovation cost?

A: This is perhaps one of the most common questions in the renovation business, and unfortunately there isn’t a clear-cut answer we can give that generalizes to everyone. Kitchen renovations can range significantly in cost, depending on the types of changes you’ll be making to your kitchen. Here are the elements that most significantly impact renovation pricing:

  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Custom changes
  • Layout changes
  • Structural changes
It’s not much to go off of, so it’s important that you consult with a professional to get more specific information tailored to your individual case.

Q: What types of flooring are best for my kitchen?

A: Many kitchen renovation experts recommend durable flooring for kitchens, such as stone or tile flooring; however, there have been many advancements in flooring options in recent years, opening up choices for consumers.

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The renovation experts here at Kitchen Emporium have completed countless successful renovations in many Southern California areas, including: San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos, CA. To have more questions answered, or to schedule a consultation, please contact one of our helpful professionals directly. We look forward to hearing from you!