What to know before remodeling a kitchen

What to know before remodeling a kitchen

There are many facts and current trends that homeowners should be aware of before starting a complete kitchen renovation. The type and style of the cabinets, along with the countertops you choose, are certainly a big part of this project, but they are only a portion of a complete project. The following are some of the other components that need to be considered and discussed with a licensed and insured contractor. 


Most likely there will be many other things to consider. They might involve carpentry work, along with sheet rocking, tape, spackle, sanding and new flooring (tile, wood or other). Other changes that you may also make include new appliances, a sink, faucet, tile for the backsplash area (the space between your counter top and the wall cabinets) and final painting. 

Electrical work

Electrical work is a large part of almost any kitchen remodeling process. This includes the disconnection and reconnections of the dishwasher, cooktop or range, microwave/hood, outlets and lighting. Electrical work in any renovation is crucial; it has to be done correctly for everyone’s safety.

New state and town codes require that many circuits be run directly from the electrical panel to the appliances, outlets, and lighting. In order to comply with these codes, you will need to know if there will be enough room in your electrical panel for all the new circuits or if it need to be upgraded. Additional electrical expenses can add up quickly if they are not thoroughly checked by an experienced contractor at the onset. 


Customers are asking for their kitchen cabinetry style to be simple and elegant with clean lines. One way that this look can be achieved is by selecting an inset door style. This type of door sits inside of the cabinet frame, opposed to an overlay door style, which protrudes outside of the cabinet frame. The inset door style creates a flush look and it gives a clean cabinet line appearance. 


Most customers today are choosing a white, full cover painted finish. This type of finish is normally used on maple wood. This combination shows little to no grain of the wood through the white finish. Some cabinet manufacturers have several shades of white, and they can also custom match any color you have in mind. Along with a white finish of your main cabinetry, a contrasting dark finish on cherry wood is being used for kitchen islands, along with many other areas. 

Countertop material

Growing in popularity is a man-made, nonporous material using quartz. It is made of 93 percent quartz and is combined with resins. It comes in large slabs and is then fabricated to your specifications. There are quite a few manufactures making quartz material, each offering a wide array of beautiful colors. 

About this Angie's List Expert: Steve Picone is the owner of Kitchens and Baths by Paul Inc., established in 1961. Providing complete design, remodeling and installation of new kitchens and bathrooms in the New York City tri-state area , the firm has been environmentally certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association.

As of June 12, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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