We’ve all been there. You’re watching the latest HGTV home remodeling show thinking to yourself, “I could do that!” You get planning, gather inspiration, and start saving for your latest project: a brand new kitchen. But what homeowners don’t realize is remodeling their kitchen on their own can be a major undertaking and might end up costing them a lot more in the long-run.
The average cost of a kitchen remodel in the U.S. is around $25,000. It might be appealing to save money by doing it yourself, however, it can be quite risky. DIY kitchen remodel costs are often only a few thousand dollars less than hiring a professional, but this might only apply to you if you know exactly what you’re doing, you don’t mess up, and you stick to your timeline (it can be difficult to achieve all of this, especially for an amateur).
If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, here are a few things you may want to consider.
Elements of a Kitchen Remodel
When you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, there are several things to keep in mind. From inspiration and planning to demolition and the construction itself, a kitchen remodel is not an easy undertaking. Here are some of the main elements to a successful kitchen remodel and why you might not want to consider DIYing it.
Planning, Design, and Budget
One of the biggest (and often overlooked) parts of a kitchen remodel is the planning and design. This is especially true if you are inexperienced in the art of design. While you may be able to craft a budget you’re comfortable with, if you’re not familiar with how much your favorite stone countertop costs or the average price of the kitchen cabinets you want, you may end up going over budget.
Planning, designing, and budgeting for a kitchen remodel is not simple. You have to plan for your kitchen to be out of commission for a while and, when you’re doing it yourself, chances are it will be difficult to stick to a firm timeline.
Designing your kitchen comes with a lot of challenges, as well. If you want to reconfigure the layout, having a professional opinion is necessary if you’re not a designer yourself. If you want a precise plan, a design that’s functional and stylish, and a budget you can stick to, working with a professional contractor will be your best option.
Kitchen remodels often require some demolition to achieve the desired updates. Most people think this entails just smashing a few things here and there and you’re done. In reality, demolitions require fine-tune planning and much thought, especially in a kitchen. Are you planning to save any fixtures? Will you be reconfiguring the layout and need to make adjustments with the plumbing? These are just a few considerations you need to make when starting the demo process of your kitchen.
A professional contractor will have the tools, resources, and knowledge to demo your kitchen properly, efficiently, and quickly. This is critical for preserving your home’s integrity, as well as ensuring you’re coming in under budget. A DIY demo can result in potentially damaging your home and you may end up hiring someone to finish it anyway. Because of this, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional in the beginning, ensuring your kitchen remodel goes smoothly.
Following the planning, design, budgeting, and demolition comes the construction of your kitchen remodel. You might think watching a few YouTube videos here and there will do the trick, but putting up new cabinets by yourself or installing new flooring is more difficult than it appears. This will be your new kitchen for a long time, after all, you want it to look as perfect as possible!
Not only will a professional be able to complete your remodel quicker, but they have the knowledge, expertise, and resources to provide you with high-quality craftsmanship and a result you will love.
Complete Your Kitchen Remodel with Honey-Doers
If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen and want a result you’ll be completely satisfied with, it’s best left to the professionals. Remodeling a kitchen is hard work, and finding a contractor who’s up for the task is vital. At Honey-Doers, we’re passionate about helping you bring to life the kitchen of your dreams from inspiration to completion.
The team at Honey-doers knows exactly what we’re doing when it comes to kitchen remodels, helping you save time, money, and your sanity. For over 20 years, we have been helping Minneapolis-area families with their remodeling projects. We aim to surpass your expectations through our open and honest communication, master craftsmanship, and dedicated work. If you’re ready to learn about how we can help you with your kitchen remodeling project, contact us today for a free estimate.