Kitchen Renovation Ideas & Inspiration
Planning a kitchen renovation can be stressful. This is especially true if you’re drawing inspiration from the ambitious custom kitchens that adorn home improvement magazines.
In this blog post, we’ll share some principles and ideas that interior designers use to take the stress out of kitchen makeovers.
Kitchen Renovation Ideas and Tips
Estimate Your Kitchen Renovation Costs Carefully
Countertops are an essential part of any kitchen. Interior designers typically recommend splurging here while saving on other elements, like cabinets. (Pictured:5131 Calacatta Nuvo)
Careful budgeting can prevent your kitchen renovation costs from getting out of control. Pick the kitchen upgrades that are important to you and will increase your home’s resale value. Only think about the other elements after you’ve already budgeted for these essentials.
Kitchen essentials include:
- quartz countertops
- more efficient fixtures
- quality cabinet hardware
- premium paint
Items that provide a lower return on investment (ROI) include:
- ceramic floors
- cheap cabinets
- going overboard with stainless steel
- built-in appliances like coffee machines
Of course, things happen regardless of how carefully you map out your kitchen renovation costs. Be sure to include some ‘padding’ in your budget to account for unexpected expenses.
Shorten Your Kitchen Upgrades List by Refurbishing Old Cabinets
As beautiful as brand new custom kitchen cabinets are, they aren’t necessarily the best use of your money and time. Instead, consider refurbishing your old cabinets with a new coat of paint or varnish. It’s a great DIY project. You may find it refreshing in light of how heavily other elements of your kitchen remodel (including countertops and flooring) rely on other people’s schedules.
Save Money On Your Kitchen Remodel With RTA Cabinets
If you’re dead set on new cabinets, consider the ready-to-assemble (RTA) variety. These are much cheaper than brand new custom cabinets and will still offer you an opportunity to get hands-on.
Use Open Shelves In Your Kitchen Reno
Countertop:5211 Noble Grey
This is one of the best kitchen renovation ideas for people who enjoy DIY projects that require creative, design-focused thinking. If you’re really looking for a drastic change, it’s possible to convert your existing kitchen cabinets into open shelving units.
This guide from Better Homes and Gardens provides step-by-step instructions.
If you’re considering buying new cabinets as part of your kitchen reno, open shelving is also worth exploring. If you’re doing a small kitchen renovation, open shelves will make the space feel larger. They’re also great for contemporary and even some traditional styles. As an added bonus, you’ll typically save money due to the reduced materials.
Avoid Changes That Would Require Reworking Your Plumbing & Electrical
It’s easy to get carried away in wishful thinking while looking at the gorgeous custom kitchens in magazines and online. By all means, do your best to bring some of those visions to life. However, avoid making changes that require changing the position of major fixtures like your stove, dishwasher, or sink.
Kitchen makeovers that alter these fundamental elements tend to run into all sorts of problems. You’ll have to hire contractors to rework your home’s plumbing and electrical systems, adding to your kitchen remodel costs.
Use Home Kitchen Remodeling Software
Before you embark on a kitchen redo, make sure you map out at least some of your ideas within a virtual kitchen designer. Homeowners who neglect this often find that their renovated kitchens aren’t necessarily as cohesive as they envisioned.
In addition to using our visualizer to choose your quartz surfaces, use more extensive software to map out your kitchen layout itself.
Most reputable countertop manufacturers and dealers offer samples that you can bring home to get a good idea of how various textures will work in your environment. Visit one of our Caesarstone locations to find samples of our quartz surfaces. Be sure to also get samples of paint, flooring, and other prominent surfaces before you commit.
Small Kitchen Renovation Ideas Don’t Have to Be Cheap
Small kitchen refurbishment can be just as ambitious as a larger-scale project.
Large tiles with a premium finish (such as matte) are a great option when it comes to small kitchen renovation and design. Other luxurious elements like quartz surfaces and even creatively-placed islands can make your small kitchen feel as well-thought-out as larger ones.
Take a look at our article on small kitchen designs for more ideas.
Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone: Perfect for Any Kitchen Renovation
Regardless of what kitchen refurbishment ideas you ultimately incorporate into your home, quartz countertops by Caesarstone are a perfect fit. Quartz is the most desirable countertop material on the market, and for good reason. It offers great durability, longevity, and beauty at a very reasonable price.
Watch this video for some tips on pairing a Caesarstone quartz countertop with other kitchen elements.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a kitchen remodel cost?
A kitchen remodel typically costs between $13,000 and $37,000. That includes replacing countertops, flooring, and cabinetry.
How do I plan a kitchen renovation?
If your kitchen renovation is substantial, you might want to consider enlisting a professional designer’s help. Otherwise, tools like our kitchen visualizer and other comprehensive kitchen layout tools are great aides.
Be sure to get samples of the various materials you plan to use in your kitchen. They may look substantially different in your home than on a computer screen.
How long does a kitchen renovation take?
A full home kitchen remodeling can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.
What order should I follow for a kitchen renovation?
If you’re working with an experienced general contractor, trust their judgment as it will be most relevant to your particular renovation. If you’re taking a DIY approach, first remove and dispose of everything you won’t be reusing. From there, have any electrical or plumbing work completed. Next, take care of drywall, mudding, paint, baseboards, and cabinets.
Countertop installation should be one of the final steps, followed only by backsplashes and hardware.
How do I budget for a kitchen renovation?
Even a simple Excel spreadsheet is great for budgeting a kitchen redo. The key is to have something you can refer to and hold yourself accountable to.