1. How long does a kitchen remodeling project typically take from start to finish?
At the risk of sounding elusive, we really must say that “it depends.” The scope of the kitchen remodeling dictates how long the project will take. For example, if you are removing a wall or two to open up the kitchen, which is a very common trend now, the actual construction will obviously take a little bit longer. But, it is important to remember that removing or adding walls will generally require building department permits, which will also add to the project time.
Here’s a sample timeline, for illustration purposes only, of a kitchen remodeling project that does not include removing or adding walls:
Meet with a remodeling consultant for a Free Design Consultation and get proposal – 1 week.
Meet at our showroom, finalize the scope of the project and the terms of a Remodeling Agreement – 2 to 3 weeks.
Select all the materials for the project – 1 to 2 weeks.
Materials are ordered and delivered – 4 to 6 weeks.
Demolition and removal of old materials and appliances – 1 week.
Installation of new materials and appliances, flooring, plumbing and electrical work, painting – 3 to 4 weeks.
Finishing touches and clean up – 1 to 2 weeks.
2. What do I need to do to prepare for my kitchen renovation?
You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. If you don’t know yet, look at some magazines, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a Free Design Consultation with a Remodeling Consultant. You will be instructed by your Remodeling Consultant as to what exact steps you need to take. But, generally speaking, before construction begins, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed. Although, we cover the areas surrounding our work area, you’ll want to protect your furniture from dust with plastic and/or sheets.
3. What is the typical workflow for a kitchen renovation?
1. Create design
2. Select materials
3. Order materials
4. Deliver materials
6. Sub floor preparation
7. Flooring installation
10. Wall preparation
11. Priming and painting
12. Cabinet installation
13. Locating appliances
14. Countertop template
15. Countertop fabrication
16. Countertop installation
17. Sink and faucet installation
18. Appliance installation
19. Backsplash installation
20. Light fixture installation
21. Accessories installation
22. Door hardware installation
23. Final coat of paint
24. Touch up items
4. Will an Abruzzi designer help me choose all of the materials?
Since we have all the materials you need at our showroom, yes, an Abruzzi Remodeling consultant will help you choose everything you need.
5. Can I buy those products from Abruzzi?
Yes. That is a major component of what makes us a full service firm. The fact that we are able to design everything for you, help you choose the materials, and sell them to you, makes it very convenient for clients. But, it is also important to note, that we don’t require you to purchase the materials from us. You may shop at other locations.
6. Do I need to have design ideas before I start the renovation process?
Absolutely not; but it helps if you do. Your Design Consultation is meant to help generate ideas or work through the ones you already have.
7. What features should I plan to invest the most in for my new kitchen?
From a functional standpoint, cabinetry is probably the most expensive item in the kitchen, mainly because of its sheer volume. However, you can also spend a lot of money on your countertops and flooring, depending on the style and materials you like.
13. Is it a good idea to install wood flooring in the kitchen?
Wood flooring is not usually recommended for kitchens. That said, it’s still a very popular choice. If it works visually, go ahead and use it - especially if you are opening the kitchen into an adjacent space with wood flooring. Generally, designers choose other materials over wood because of both the “wear and tear factor” and possible exposure to water damage. Because the kitchen is a high traffic area, the finish will wear off a wood floor more quickly than in other low traffic parts of your home and will need to be refinished periodically. Also, because there is plumbing in a kitchen, wood floors are at risk for water damage. A tile floor is more resistant to leaks and humidity.