What a kitchen remodel timeline typically looks like

What a kitchen remodel timeline typically looks like

A kitchen remodel timeline needs to be well-planned and, more importantly, well-understood by all involved to make sure the project goes smoothly. On average, kitchen remodels take 1-6 months, but that information alone isn’t enough to help you prepare for one. If you’re starting a new project, you might find it useful to learn about:
a) the different stages of the project
b) how long each one typically takes.

When you get to planning your project, your contractor will give you a timeline based on your specific requirements. However, if you would like your kitchen ready in time for a special event, knowing what’s achievable in the time available can help you make certain decisions in advance. For example, you may want your kitchen finished before an occasion, such as a wedding, a big birthday, or the arrival of a new family member. Or perhaps you need to move into your new home by a certain date and want the kitchen all set up before you do. In such cases, time truly is of the essence, so having clarity when you’re planning your kitchen remodel is key.

In our experience as a full-service design-remodel firm, communication with clients is smoother when everyone involved has a solid understanding of the timelines and process, along with clear expectations. That’s why we recommend learning about different stages of a remodel, along with the objectives of each one.

A) THE GROUNDWORK

This covers everything you need to do before the actual breaking and building can begin. You will need to:

1. Put together your ideas and set goals for your project

At your own pace

Whether you’ve just had the idea to shake things up or have been planning your perfect kitchen for years, this is the time to make the important decisions on how your kitchen will look and function as well as any major modifications. For example, you may want to create a larger space, the way we did for these clients in Falls Church, VA:

As part of our process, we offer a complimentary consultation where potential clients can tell us about their goals and the design aesthetic they want. Here are some goals that we have helped many clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC achieve:

  • Create a kitchen that suits their lifestyle
  • Increase resale value
  • Incorporate smart appliances to create a more future-friendly kitchen
  • Improve functionality, so home-cooked meals become an inviting option
  • Update the space’s look, especially for older kitchens

In addition, it’s a great idea to compile photos that have inspired you together with rough measurements/sketches of the room to be remodeled. When we meet our clients at our showroom or via a virtual design consultation, we find having this information makes for a smooth design process.

2. Settle on a designer/contractor

At your own pace

Choosing the right designer and contractor for your remodel is a key decision. You need a team with the experience and professionalism to bring your vision to life on time. Even if you’re in a rush to get the job done, take the time to call the designer/contractor’s references and ask for details on their most recent work. It’s worth spending a little extra time on identifying a team you can trust – one that will meet tight deadlines, produce quality work within your budget, and give you accurate pricing.

3. Evaluate your existing kitchen

At your own pace

Now it’s time to get an expert opinion on your ideas. This usually begins with a thorough evaluation of the existing space to avoid common mistakes. Discuss these points with your kitchen designer to make sure they understand the functionality requirements:

  • Space – do you have enough counter, cabinet, and floor space?
  • Flow – is it easy to navigate, cook with family members, and interact with guests?
  • Appliances – should you upgrade to energy-saving, easier-to-use appliances?
  • Accessibility – can family members of various ages and use it safely, including yourself as you get older? What about people with disabilities?
  • Children and pets – do you need to make any special provisions for them?
Joining a kitchen and dining room to create more room and a better flow in Alexandria, VA

4. Finalize the kitchen design

1-4 weeks

With a strong team and a clear vision for your future kitchen, you can move on to the design stage. Here, your designer will help you detail out your dream kitchen and look for the best way to bring it to life. Depending on the number of revisions, this could take 1-4 weeks. We always recommend asking for high-quality renderings to help you see what your kitchen will actually look like. What the design process entails may vary depending on whom you work with. For example, our new virtual design process offers:

  • A set of resources to help you explore your options and envision your dream kitchen or bathroom more clearly.
  • An online questionnaire to help you share that vision with us in detail
  • Google Meet to give us a chance to interact and get on the same page before we proceed
  • Physical samples that bring the showroom experience to you at home, enabling you to interact with the materials in a way videos and images won’t allow you to.

We created this process to give our clients a way to proceed with their remodel plans from home. Once the design is complete through this virtual process, we select a date to begin the remodel and take it from there.

5. Apply for building permits

Varies depending on location and specific permits needed

Every home remodel project comes with its own permit requirements, and these will vary between locations. This chart by House Beautiful will give you a sense of what generally does and doesn’t require a permit:

Image credit: House Beautiful

Be sure to check with your relevant local authority and your contractor about the permits you require.

6. Select and order materials

1-3 months

This will vary based on your selection and the manufacturing/delivery time. To give you an idea, here are our cabinet lines at a glance, sorted by price (low to high) with details on lead time:

  • Waypoint – stock 4 to 5 week lead time.
  • Bellmont 1600 – semi-custom – frameless cabinetry – 5 to 7 week lead time
  • Dura Supreme – Bria and Bellmont 1900 – frameless cabinetry – 5 to 8 week lead time
  • Dura Supreme Crestwood Inset – 5 to 8 week lead time
  • Plain & Fancy Medley – frameless cabinetry – 9 to 12 week lead time
  • Plain & Fancy Classic inset – 9 to 12 week lead time
Plain & Fancy, a top-rated cabinetry manufacturer we work with

Similarly, the time it takes to get your countertops, tiles, and other materials can vary based on the specific materials you choose.

B) THE DEMOLITION

Here, the process of taking out the kitchen begins. When you get to this stage, factor in days for these two things into your kitchen remodel timeline:

1. Complete the demolition

1-3 days

This process is surprisingly quick. It will happen before you know it, so be sure to take a few “before” shots! It’s always fun to make a comparison later to see how all your careful planning transformed the space.

Before and after a kitchen remodel in Logan Circle

Tip: Let your neighbors know about your plans before you begin demolishing your kitchen; they’ll appreciate the heads up.

2. Re-evaluating your design

At your own pace

Once the kitchen is taken out, examine the space and look for any factors you may not have taken into consideration, such as construction flaws. You can work closely with your kitchen designer and contractor to see if the design for the new kitchen needs to be adjusted.

C) THE ESSENTIALS

After the old kitchen is taken out, your team will start getting the key aspects of functionality in place. This will include:

1. Plumbing and rewiring

2-5 days

The rough-in work will cover the plumbing, electrical, and framing requirements. You may need to factor in a little more time for a home inspection once this is done, to make sure everything is up to code.

2. Walls, doors, and windows

2-3 days

This stage lays the foundation for other important aspects of your kitchen. Complete the doors and windows before you move on to anything else because they will impact your cabinetry measurements.

3. Flooring

1-2 days

Some contractors prefer doing this after the cabinetry, while others strongly believe it has to be done before that. We tailor our recommendations to suit each project, ensuring that our clients always get the best, most efficient plan and kitchen remodel timeline to suit their needs.

4. Design refinements

At your own pace

Here, you have another opportunity to check for any measurements that need to be modified before you install your new kitchen.

D) THE NEW KITCHEN

Ready to see your new kitchen? This is when it’ll start to materialize!

Kitchen remodel by Bath Plus Kitchen in N. Arlington

1. Cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures

1 week

Your contractor will put in the new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and plumbing and electrical fixtures at this stage. It usually takes around a week if all the materials are supplied on time.

2. Install your new appliances

1-2 days

Finally, everything you need to get cooking is brought in, including your refrigerator, stove, and microwave. When that’s done, you’ll be very close to the finish line.

3. Add the finishing touches

2-4 days

Check your original design to see if there are any details that still need to be taken care of. Do a thorough check before you clean up the kitchen and call it a wrap.

The remodel process looks a little for everyone, but the kitchen remodel timeline estimates we’ve shared should help you decide when to start the process. Here’s a summary:

ActivityTime estimate
Compile ideas and setting goalsAt your own pace
Select a contractorAt your own pace
Evaluate the existing kitchenAt your own pace
Finalize the kitchen design1-4 weeks
Building permitsLocation-dependent
Select and order materials1-3 months
Demolition2-3 days
Plumbing and rewiring2-5 days
Walls, doors, and windows2-3 days
Flooring1-2 days
Cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures1 week
New appliances1-2 days

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, connect with the Bath Plus Kitchen team over a virtual consultation. We’ll help you create the perfect design with a kitchen remodel timeline and budget that works for you!

10 questions that will tell you if you need a new kitchen design

10 questions that will tell you if you need a new kitchen design

Is a new kitchen design something you need to start thinking about? Like many people, you may have felt your kitchen was great when you first bought your home. You probably checked every detail you could think of to make sure it would be comfortable and work well for you and your family. But cut to a few years later, and you find yourself wondering why you thought the cabinetry was well-planned and the countertops easy to maintain. Or, perhaps you’ve simply outgrown the style and space that once felt perfect. It’s something we’ve seen many of our clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC go through.

We can find ourselves dreaming of a new kitchen design for different reasons. But if you’re not sure whether you’re actually ready for a remodel, we have a list of questions that you can ask yourself.

1. Does the flow of the space work for me?

When you clean your kitchen, if you find that things go back to being messy and disorganized really quickly, it’s a good idea to reevaluate the flow of your kitchen. That flow depends on how items are placed within the space, including everything from the kitchen island to your spices. You can reevaluate this and make some adjustments. However, there is a limit to how much you can change within an existing design. From our years of experience as a full-service design-remodel firm, we know that sometimes a new kitchen design is the only way to create a flow that actually suits your needs and makes cooking and cleaning up a lot easier.

2. Is the style still a good fit for me?

From outdated kitchen to sleek modern masterpiece with BPK

A style that may have been interesting and chic a few years ago could look dated now. Especially if you opted for something very bold and trendy that has since fallen out of style. To find out how much you really need to change, consider key aspects such:

  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Seating
  • Metals used in fixtures, handles, and cabinetry hardware.

3. Am I able to store things comfortably and stay organized?

Both spacious and small kitchens can have storage problems, and they all come down to planning with your specific storage needs in mind. If you haven’t assigned spaces to different items in your kitchen, you may find them piling up on the countertop, causing clutter and confusion about where to find what you need. Think of the last time you cooked a big meal. Were you able to find all the ingredients you needed, and were they kept fresh through proper storage? Was putting everything back a challenge? How easy it is to get everything together – including utensils, tools, and cookware – can determine how usable your kitchen actually is. If your kitchen design is getting in your way, you may need to rethink it.

4. Do my appliances work efficiently?

Upgrading your appliances is a good idea when they aren’t functioning smoothly, have outdated features, don’t fit the bill aesthetically, or consume a lot of energy. Another thing to remember is that technology is making its way into our appliances in new and interesting ways. You can now control your fridge temperature as well as make sure your steak is done to perfection with innovative cooktops over Wi-Fi. How do your current appliances stack up against today’s future-ready appliances with their impressive capabilities? Think about how you want to use your kitchen and ask yourself if you have the required tools and gadgets to achieve that. For some inspiration, take a look at Millo’s smart worktop to see how technology could soon transform the way you cook:

5. Do I have enough counter space?

A mistake some people make is only considering the active tasks around cooking – such as chopping and prep work – when evaluating their counter space needs. What can get forgotten is landing area requirements, i.e., where you will place items from the fridge, sink, or stove temporarily. Taking these steps into consideration, you may realize you need more room. Other factors that can influence this include how many people generally cook a meal; whether it’s just one or if other family members like to join in.

6. Is the lighting planned well for both function and aesthetics?

There isn’t one clear answer about what kind of lighting works best for a kitchen; there are several. For a better look and experience, incorporate ambient lighting, task lighting, pendant lights, as well as decorative lighting. Take a look at your current space and see how many of these you have and what you can add to tailor the lighting to suit your needs. Plan these together to make sure you have the right lighting for your requirements wherever you are in the kitchen. Watch this video to see how you can do this:

7. Have there been any major lifestyle or family changes that my space needs to accommodate?

Has your family grown since you moved in? If there are more people living with you now, it’s a good idea to reevaluate and see if the kitchen accommodates them well. This could be in terms of workspace (if your family cooks together) or kitchen seating. If you need to make your kitchen safer for kids, take the right precautions and see if you need to fix any sharp edges or add locks to lower cabinets. When you’re assessing this, think about each member of your household and what they might struggle with now or in a few years.

8. Should I consider universal design requirements?

As mentioned above, it’s important to think about how you and your loved ones plan to use the space in the long run. Universal design helps you make the space more accessible and comfortable to others who live or may live with you at some point, or even for yourself as you get older. Take a look at your kitchen as well as at other rooms in your house and see if there are any aspects you can fix to create safer, more usable spaces for everyone at home.

9. Does the space help me host guests more comfortably, or does it make it more stressful?

If you are facing storage issues or are finding it difficult to keep thing organized on a regular day, guests certainly won’t help. The flow of your space and how well it is planned can determine how comfortable you feel inviting other people into your home and kitchen. When you have guests over for a meal, for example, it can be stressful, but your kitchen design shouldn’t add to that stress. Instead, it should help you find and do everything with ease.

10. Is there an upcoming event for which I would like to complete my kitchen remodel?

If you foresee yourself becoming busy with work or something else in the near future, plan your remodel so that it is completed before you need to shift focus. Or, you may want your new kitchen design brought to life before the next big family visit or event. It’s good to be clear with your remodel team about this beforehand, so the project stays on track. Read about how we helped one family complete their kitchen remodel in just 8 weeks.

NW Washington, DC kitchen remodel by BPK in 8 short weeks.

While answering these questions, if you felt strongly about making some of these changes or wanting an upgrade before a specific event, it’s time to consider a remodel. The wow factor is priceless, but there’s so much more a remodel can do for your home, including:

  • Boost your home’s resale value
  • Help you sell faster in case you decide to at some point
  • Improve safety
  • Improve energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Reduce certain repair and maintenance costs in the long run

Ready to dive in? Start working on your new kitchen design with Bath Plus Kitchen through our new virtual design process. It offers:

  • A set of resources to help you explore your options and envision your dream kitchen or bathroom more clearly.
  • An online questionnaire to help you share that vision with us in detail
  • Google Meet to give us a chance to interact and get on the same page before we proceed
  • Physical samples that will bring the showroom experience to you at home, enabling you to interact with the materials in a way videos and images won’t allow you to.

This way, you can make progress on your remodel plans from the comfort and safety of your own home. Once the design is complete through this virtual process, we will select a date to begin the remodel and take it from there.

As you work out your reasons to remodel, also consider the challenges that come with it and how you can prepare for them. Make the process easier by choosing your project team carefully, doing your research on extra costs, and keeping your family’s comfort and convenience in mind as throughout the process.

What a typical kitchen remodeling process looks like

What a typical kitchen remodeling process looks like

The prospect of a new and improved kitchen is an exciting one, but taking the plunge isn’t an easy decision. That’s why we created this overview of what a typical kitchen remodeling process looks like based on our experience as a full-service design-remodel firm.

Aside from the investment and inconvenience, two of the top fears around kitchen remodels are the fear of disappointment and the fear of being misled by a contractor. We believe these concerns should not hold you back from creating the kitchen of your dreams. Instead, we recommend doing your homework and learning as much as you can about the process. When you understand the workflow, you will be in a position to collaborate successfully with your contractor and understand what’s happening at every stage of your kitchen’s transformation.

A major kitchen remodel project by Bath Plus Kitchen.

Stage 1: Set goals for your remodel

What are you hoping to achieve through this kitchen remodeling project? Here are a few goals our clients often share with us:

  • Creating a kitchen that suits their lifestyle
  • Increasing resale value
  • Incorporating smart appliances to create a more future-friendly kitchen
  • Improving functionality, so home-cooked meals become an inviting option
  • Updating the space’s look, especially for older kitchens

Defining a goal will help you share your vision more clearly with your kitchen remodeling contractor. It helps to write it out as a goal statement and share it with everyone involved. You can then revisit the document at every stage to ensure you’re on track and making choices in line with your vision. Very often, the remodel is planned with a big event on the horizon. For example, one of our clients in NW Washington, DC wanted theirs completed before their baby boy was born. We completed this project with them in 8 weeks, just a few weeks before they welcomed the newest member of their family home.

kitchen remodel

kitchen remodel process


Stage 2: Evaluate your existing kitchen 
With a clear goal in mind, you can approach a designer and contractor, or a remodeling company that will do both. If you’re not sure how to evaluate them, start with these questions. Many companies have their own selection process to determine if the project is right for them. Our selection process at Bath Plus Kitchen is a curated one that’s designed to ensure each project is a good match for both the homeowner and the company. If you explain your goals clearly, it will be easier for the contractor to tell you if they will be able to execute the project to your satisfaction.

Once you have identified your kitchen remodel team, you will need to work with them to assess your current kitchen. The aesthetics are the first thing to evaluate. Ask yourself what you love about it and what you want to change. In addition, consider these factors:

  • Space – do you have enough counter, cabinet, and floor space?
  • Flow – is it easy to navigate, cook with family members, and interact with guests?
  • Appliances – should you upgrade to energy-saving, easier-to-use appliances?
  • Accessibility – can family members of various ages and use it safely, including yourself as you get older? What about people with disabilities?
  • Children and pets – do you need to make any special provisions for them?

Stage 3: Design your dream kitchen

With a clear vision of your future kitchen, you can proceed to the fun part – designing! Yes, you will need to be realistic, stick to your budget, and make adjustments for any limiting factors, but a good kitchen designer can help you find creative solutions to give you a kitchen you will fall in love with. It’s important to be flexible and open to new possibilities during the kitchen design process. However, you should also stand firm on what you really want. For example, what kind of layout works for you? If you’re not sure what your options are, explore the pros and cons of some tried-and-true kitchen design layouts.

We like to set up a meeting with prospective clients at the Bath Plus Kitchen showroom at this stage. Prior to the initial visit, we ask our clients to email us the following:

  • Photos of the current kitchen.
  • Inspirational photos and/or a summary of goals and design aesthetic.
  • Rough measurements and/or a sketch of the existing kitchen.

During this initial appointment, clients will be able to:

  • Meet and interview one of our designers to explain the project goals, learn how we work, and determine if we’re the best fit for the project.
  • Touch, feel, see our displays and samples. We’ve built out two kitchens and remodeled a bathroom to showcase our level of design and craftsmanship.
  • Settle on a rough budget for the project, depending on the size, scope, and level of materials required.

Once this is done, we go on to prepare plans for the job that include photo-realistic renderings for our clients. It’s a critical step because it will give you a clear picture of the kitchen you are planning.

Stage 4: Apply for building permits

Once those plans are drawn up, you will need to apply for building permits. We work with clients from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and know that requirements vary based on location. That’s why it’s always best to consult your local permitting office to ensure there are no oversights and potential code violations. Here are a few things homeowners should keep in mind regarding the legal aspects of remodeling.

Stage 5: Select your materials

Material selection is an integral part of the kitchen remodeling process. At this stage, you will need to select materials that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and that will suit your budget. Remember that this is an investment, and cutting corners here can make you unhappy with the final outcome. It’s essential to think long-term when it comes to choosing your flooring, appliances, cabinets, light fixtures, countertops, backsplash, and other kitchen elements.

That said, there are several incredible options to choose from that will suit your budget and needs. The Bath Plus Kitchen experts believe that kitchen cabinetry can make or break a kitchen design, which is why we offer fully-custom and semi-custom cabinets from top-rated cabinet manufacturers. For example, many of our clients love the versatility of the Bellmont cabinets that we help them customize.

Bellmont PASADENA and CROSSBUCK


Stage 6: Complete the demolition and re-evaluate

Here’s where the real work begins. Your team will start to remove your existing kitchen – floors, cabinets, appliances, and perhaps a few walls. A good team will minimize the mess and inconvenience, which will make a massive difference to you if you opt to live at home during this time. Once this is done, your team will inspect the kitchen to see if any adjustments need to be made due to unforeseen factors such as uneven floors and other construction flaws.

Stage 7: Start the plumbing and rewiring (rough-in work)

This covers the framing, plumbing, and electrical work. At this stage of the kitchen remodeling process, the focus is on the walls of the kitchens and what goes into them. Since adherence to codes is essential here, it’s important to let the professionals decide the best way forward. A professional inspection will happen at the end of this stage to ensure your remodel is up to code so the work can continue.

Stage 8: Finish the walls, doors, and windows

Once you pass the inspection, you can complete the walls. This will entail hanging, taping, finishing, and priming drywalls. Doing a thorough job here will make the next stages of the kitchen remodeling process smooth sailing. After this, you can move to the doors and windows; finishing these will ensure your measurements for the cabinetry are correct.

Stage 9: Complete the flooring

Contractors choose to do this at different points during the kitchen remodeling process. Some believe it works better if done after the cabinetry. We like to make a recommendation based on each project and its unique requirements. To decide on your flooring, look up a range of options for inspiration, from the classics to the trends.

Stage 10: Make design refinements

Before you proceed with the cabinetry, countertops, plumbing, and fixtures, take a step back to evaluate your plan in the context of your kitchen so far. Are there any adjustments to make or measurements to modify? Look for these and make any refinements necessary.

Stage 11: Install the cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures

This is where things start getting exciting, as you begin to see your kitchen come to life! Those materials and elements you so carefully selected will be installed. Your new kitchen cabinets, countertops, plumbing, and electrical fixtures will all fall into place, allowing you to finally see your new and improved kitchen.

Stage 12: Install your new appliances

Here’s where your new appliances will be installed. This includes items that will have a fixed place in your kitchen, such as your fridge, stove, and microwave.

Contemporary kitchen remodel by Bath Plus Kitchen in old town Alexandria

Stage 13: Add the finishing touches

Once all the major tasks are completed, it’s a good idea to go back to your list and see what’s left. You can get these done and add the finishing touches. As mentioned earlier, the flooring may be put in last, so this last stage will look a little different for different projects. We recommend taking the time to check all the little details before your contractor calls it a wrap.

Stage 14: Say hello to your new kitchen

This is where you remember why you wanted a remodel in the first place! Step into your new kitchen and celebrate all the hard work and brilliant ideas that went into creating a space that you will love for many years to come.

A kitchen remodeling project is a major undertaking. However, when well-executed, it offers you and your family a beautiful setting in which to make wonderful, priceless memories. That’s something we’ve helped our clients experience through our many kitchen remodeling projects in VA, DC & MD. Get in touch with us here to find out how we can help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

Remodel preparation tips for yourself and your home

Remodel preparation tips for yourself and your home

The benefits of careful remodel preparation become apparent when you’re right in the middle of a project. At that point, you can no longer see your old kitchen or bathroom, and the new one hasn’t taken shape yet. The sight can be unnerving! Now imagine your family coping with all the change and inconvenience a few weeks into the project – what does that look like? It may be scary, but that kind of thinking ahead is exactly what you need to do before you flag off a major home renovation project.

If you’re on the verge of starting a home remodel project, these 10 tips will help you get yourself, your family, and your home ready for an exciting upgrade. As a full-service design remodel firm, we’ve helped clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC put these tips into practice. In our experience, if everyone involved is prepared for the challenges, you’re likely to enjoy a smoother process and a better outcome. More importantly, it will encourage your family to be supportive of each other during what is almost certainly going to be a trying time.

1.  Write down why you want this remodel

This exercise will remind you why the remodel is important. The list will come in handy on days when you feel overwhelmed, which can happen during any home improvement project, even with the most thorough planning and careful execution. Visualizing your new space can calm you down and help you keep the bigger picture in focus. We suggest inviting all members of your household to participate. A fun remodel preparation activity could be creating a vision board for your remodel together. It can include home remodeling trends that inspired the new design plus little décor items you can add once it’s complete. It’ll show you what to look forward to, at a glance.

Remodeled kitchen for a client in Capitol Hill

2. Compare your current space to your future space

A written description or collage will help you envision the remodeled space, but it helps to go deeper. Do a little comparing and assess how your current kitchen/bathroom serves you vs. how you want your future kitchen/bathroom to serve you better. You can detail out what drew you to specific features. For example, write down why you chose those kitchen cabinet accessories, why a certain type of kitchen cabinetry was the best fit for you, how you settled on a particular material for your countertops, or why you chose metal strips or bullnose tiles for your bathroom tile edges. This is an excellent way to keep yourself and everyone involved excited about the outcome. It’ll also remind you why you made those choices after the fact – sometimes it’s hard to remember the reason behind a decision!

Custom Plain & Fancy kitchen cabinets by Bath Plus Kitchen

3. Create a budget and shared calendar.

At this point in your home remodel preparation, you will already have a budget for the remodel in place. In addition, plan your living expenses, factoring in additional costs such as eating out. When you do this, having to spend on things like takeout and temporary accommodation won’t feel unexpected and stressful. You can also put together a shared calendar, marking important dates and events as well as different phases of the remodel. This will come in handy if you have to make special arrangements for some days. For example, if you need to find another place to stay during certain parts of your remodel.

4. Have a Q&A session with the professionals

In addition to getting their home remodeling recommendations, consult your team on the practical details that will affect your day-to-day life during this period. Sit down with them and have an honest conversation about your concerns, so they can help address them. At Bath Plus Kitchen, we set up pre-construction meetings with our clients. We make sure all the key team members – the sales designer, job supervisor, specialty tradesmen, architect and/or other designers – are involved in this step of remodel preparation. These meetings help everyone get on the same page, so we highly recommend them.

Once you have a good idea of what to expect, be sure to discuss it with your neighbors so they are prepared for any noise or inconvenience.

5. Evaluate your experience with your contractor so far

Before you commit to a potential contractor for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, ask yourself if you can trust them to get you through any delays or bumps in the road. You should feel sure that your comfort, convenience, and concerns are important to them. Here are some red flags to look out for:

  • Unusually low rates. While a low price sounds great, the reason someone charges significantly less than their competitors do isn’t often good. It could be because of poor quality work and bad reviews.
  • They’re not keen on detailed contracts. Getting all the details straight is very important and verbal agreements are risky business here. Before you dive into a big project, make sure your contractor is happy to put it all in writing.
  • They don’t have project samples or recent references. In addition to looking at their best work, it’s important to see recent work as well as ongoing projects. It’ll give you a better sense of what you can expect now, as opposed to going only by older projects.

Here are some more warning signs to look for when hiring a contractor.

6. Pack away as much as possible

Once you set a start date for the project, it’s time to get packing. This includes things from connected rooms such as artwork, shelves, and clocks, which could get damaged. It’ll protect them and make cleaning up a lot easier at the end of each day. Leave just what you need. It’s also a good time to declutter, to avoid filling your brand new kitchen cabinets with things you’ll never use. If you do find yourself in need of storage ideas, Dura Supreme has some great solutions and creative tips.

7. Prepare a temporary kitchen

For anyone living at home during a kitchen remodel, a temporary kitchen is a must. The last thing you want during a stressful time is to be stuck without your morning coffee or with a pile of dirty dishes that have nowhere to go. Try to include:

  • A table or two for counter space
  • A few spare sockets so you can plug in your coffee machine, microwave, kettle, and any other small appliances you rely on
  • Basic items such as a chopping board, knives, storage containers for leftovers, basic plateware, cutlery, and mugs/glasses
  • A temporary pantry with basic food items
  • A box to store dirty dishes in, since you may not have running water close by

At the very least, this remodel preparation step will help you minimize how often you need to order in by giving you a convenient way to prepare the essentials.

8. Set up a temporary dining area

Depending on the project, you may need to create a dining area so you have a comfortable place to eat. Just like having a temporary kitchen, this will help your family feel a little less lost in the absence of their usual spot. It will also give you somewhere to spend quality time together and communicate, which is very important when you’re dealing with the challenges of a remodel.

9. Consider the comfort of children and pets

Loud noises, new faces, and a break from the familiar can be stressful for both children and pets. As part of your remodel preparation, pay special attention to their emotional wellbeing.

For children, seeing things in their home being broken or changed can be upsetting, so take the time to explain what’s happening before and during the home remodeling process. Let them know why this is a good thing and share your excitement about the new space.

Pets will need to be prepared for this gradually. You may want them to spend more time in the backyard or in a different part of the house, away from the renovation work and workers. Start getting them used to this new schedule before the work begins. In case your pets find it too stressful, you could ask a friend or relative to look after them temporarily. Some people also choose to board their pets. Be sure to consider pet safety and take all the necessary precautions.

10. Plan trips or time outside the house during the remodel period

A remodel can put a strain, however temporary, on relationships. Ensure you schedule some time away from the remodel with your partner or family – including a break from discussing it – to make it a better experience for everyone. Budget permitting, you can use the opportunity to plan a memorable staycation and even check into a nearby hotel for a few days.

Anyone who has been through a remodel will tell you that you’re in for a challenging time. But you can make it less stressful by planning ahead, considering everyone involved, and focusing on the joy the new space will bring you. Communicate clearly about what to expect and how you will handle the unexpected. Once you do this, we believe a good contractor should be able to get you through the rest. That’s why we ensure our clients can sit back and relax as we create the bathrooms and kitchens they’ve always wanted. To learn more about our work and process, get in touch here.

How To Avoid 9 Most Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

How To Avoid 9 Most Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

Are you planning a Washington, DC kitchen remodel?  You can save yourself time and headache by reading this post on Washington, DC kitchen remodel secrets.

At Bath Plus Kitchen we’ve spent thousands uncovering these kitchen remodeling secrets.  Because we want you to enjoy your kitchen remodeling experience we’ve made this report free.

If you’re considering a Washington, DC kitchen remodel we encourage you to take the first step and contact us.  Above all, the biggest mistake is to forgo a kitchen remodel and regret it years later.  If your kitchen is dated or non-functional you owe it to yourself to at least meet our team of experienced kitchen designers.  If you decide to hire us, we promise you’ll love your new kitchen.

A little information can go a long way toward your perfect Washington, DC kitchen remodel.  So let’s look at the 10 best kitchen remodel secrets.

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1.  Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Paying luxury prices for RTA cabinets imported from China.

Unfortunately there are many cabinet dealers selling homeowners in the Washington, D.C. area a bill of goods. And all too many homeowners who are happy to oblige. Therefore, you want to avoid getting hosed on kitchen cabinets it’s important to pay attention here.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like paying more money than I have to for something. The problem is when I pay top dollar to find out later I got ripped off.  In other words, with cabinets being the largest ticket in item in most homes you’ll want to pay attention here.

It’s important that you visit a showroom. Ours is a quick trip from the District. You can schedule your visit here.

At our showroom you’ll have opportunity to see cabinets in person, understand how they are built, where they are built, and review brochures. You’ll also get a sense for how cabinet prices compare. A showroom with cabinets ranging from upscale to semi-custom or builder grade will have a lot to offer you.

Before making the trip visit the kitchen cabinet dealers website.  Meanwhile, see what cabinet lines they carry to get a quick sense of what’s available. If all of the lines are imports from China they shouldn’t cost more than $600 per cabinet. Run if someone is trying to sell you a RTA (Ready To Assemble) China import for more than that.

Big picture view: how cabinet companies compare

Upscale Cabinetry $$$$

At the top are high-end luxury kitchen cabinets.  Our Plain & Fancy Cabinetry line fits the bill here.   Plain & Fancy Cabinets will typically price anywhere from $1,500 to $3,800 per cabinet.

Features & Benefits of Plain & Fancy Cabinetry:

  • Hand-sanding – all finishes areas are sanded by hand.  As a result this creates a very smooth finish in preparation for paint or stain.
  • 2 coats of primer & 2 coats of paint.  The primer is in the same color as your paint.  Therefore, you’ll have a thick layer and beautiful layer of painted cabinets that will hold up for decades.
  • Cabinets joined together to form one larger cabinet.  This eliminates seams and makes it easier to install cabinets for your Washington, DC kitchen remodel.
  • Walnut cabinet interiors & walnut species available if you’re interested in stained cabinets over painted.
  • Lighting integrated and routed into the cabinets.
  • Lights that open when you open a door.
  • Motorized doors and drawers that open and close with a gentle touch or push of a button.
  • 1” thick cabinet doors are available.
  • Full custom down to 1/16th of an inch.

Popular Custom Cabinetry $$$

If you don’t quite need all of the luxuries that come with a fully-equipped high-end cabinet but still want a lot of customization then a popular custom cabinet line is for you. Durasupreme Cabinetry is our line we recommend you consider. You’ll love these cabinets and all that they have to offer.

Features & Benefits of Dura Supreme Cabinetry: 

  • Full custom down to 1/16th of an inch.
  • Custom paints, possible to select any paint.
  • Choose between frameless full-overlay cabinets and inset.
  • Wood species include cherry, maple, knotty alder, red oak or quarter-sawn red oak, hickory or rustic.
  • You can add glazes, heritage paint, weathered finishes, heirloom to heavy heirloom, and patina to heavy patina.

Semi-Custom Cabinetry $$

If you’re looking for a simple kitchen remodel consider a stock or semi-custom line of cabinets. Our Waypoint Cabinetry line is a semi-custom line. It offers a lot at a competitive price point. This line will compete against the big box stores.

You’ll also need to choose between framed and full-access / frameless kitchen cabinets.  Framed kitchen cabinets are the more traditional style, using frames on the fronts of cabinets to give cabinet boxes strength and for attaching door hardware. Framed cabinets use a variety of door styles and are adaptable to many designs.

Full-access / frameless kitchen cabinets, because they have no frame, are made with stronger boxes to compensate for the structural loss. Therefore, hardware mounts directly to the cabinet boxes, giving frameless cabinets a very sleek look. Frameless kitchen cabinets also offer easier access and even larger drawers, as there is no frame to account for in their design.

Above all, choosing the right dealer for kitchen cabinets is crucial to a successful Washington, DC kitchen remodel.  First, you’ll want to work with a kitchen cabinet dealer who’s trained and experience in kitchen design.  For example, of our designers at Bath Plus Kitchen studied kitchen design in school.

Likewise, they’re a member of NKBA, which keeps them up to date on the latest trends in kitchen design.  Further, our kitchen designers attend factory training.  We learn first-hand how cabinets are made and stay abreast of all of the intricacies that go into designing a kitchen.  Consequently, our kitchen designers are well prepared and the go to experts for all things kitchen cabinets and kitchen design.  In short, we’re the easy choice for your Washington, DC kitchen remodel.

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2.  Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Making assumptions about removing walls.

Many Washington, DC kitchen remodels include opening up space by removing walls. This can have a marvelous effect, but it may be quite costly if the walls in question are load-bearing walls. These walls often contain ducts, plumbing, and radiator piping, which can make removing them unaffordable for some. If you’re planning to remove a wall, make sure you work with a contractor who has a working relationship with an engineer – this will drastically cut down on uh-ohs.

Learn about our design and remodeling process.  

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3.  Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Relying on a builder to design your kitchen.

The key to your new Washington, DC kitchen remodel is working with a kitchen designer who both understands your needs and has access to cabinet lines that will meet them.  Also you want a designer who understands moderntransitional, and traditional kitchen design.  It’s important to do your research on the cabinet lines offered by your designer. We’ve seen some kitchen designers and remodelers carry three or four stock cabinet lines imported from China and try to pass them off as ‘luxury’. Don’t find out after the fact, understand what you’re paying for in a cabinet.

Also Read: Painted vs Stained Cabinets, What’s Best for  Your Kitchen? 

Also, be sure to take a look inside your walls early in the design phase – making small holes in the wall will allow you to look inside and see what you’re dealing with. Consider doing this as soon as the decision is made to attempt to remove a wall, as you may find that moving your wall is far too expensive for your budget.

If you’re taking out walls you’ll want to work with a kitchen designer who works with an engineers. This is crucial. Many kitchen designers are all too eager to spend hours on design without knowing for sure whether or not a wall you want to remove is load bearing.

It’s a good idea to consult kitchen designers one-on-one. This helps keep you in the know and in control of your kitchen remodel. Great kitchen designers can offer insight and ideas you won’t get anywhere else, and they often have an understanding of styles that can make your vision something tangible.

There’s nothing quite like seeing your vision take shape with the help of the right kitchen designer.

4. Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Taking too much advice from friends or relatives.

Chances are you don’t know many engineers or designers. But when it’s time for something like a kitchen remodel, suddenly your friends and family can become experts. Free advice is often bad advice, and you’re generally better off putting your trust in professionals you’re paying to give you advice.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling in Washington, DC you never want to make assumptions. Shortcuts or workarounds have a record of not working out. We do this everyday and still don’t make assumptions. If we’re unsure about something we’ll seek the advice of an engineer, master plumber, or master electrician. You should do the same.

kitchen remodeling in Washington, DC5. Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Not designing for flow and functionality.

If your design is too cramped for free movement or your layout is wrong, you’re going to end up with a kitchen that’s no fun to use. This is unacceptable in the most important room in your home. Be sure to leave sufficient space for walkways, and don’t neglect the importance of including a proper kitchen triangle in your design.

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6.  Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel, forgetting about lighting.

Many homes in Washington, DC have small kitchens with little lighting. A happy kitchen has the right lighting when and where you need it. Designing for lighting is important, and you’ll want to work closely with your designer to understand how to make lighting work best for you.

This includes sufficient task lighting, general lighting, natural lighting, and accent and ambient lighting. You’ll want to look at all your available options, including under-cabinet, in-cabinet, pendant, recessed, and chandelier lighting.

At Bath Plus Kitchen we believe lighting is perhaps the most important element of a major kitchen remodel. That’s why we carry Task Lighting and Hafale Lighting, two of the leading lighting companies. By working with Bath Plus Kitchen you’ll have access to the latest in under cabinet, in-cabinet, toe-kick, and crown lighting.

If there’s an opportunity in your Washington, DC kitchen remodel to add natural lighting you should consider it. For inspiration check out kitchen remodeling project where we opened up the back of the house to add three sets of french doors with transoms.

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7. Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Trying to save old kitchen cabinets with paint.

If your existing kitchen cabinets are in good shape, you might consider repainting them instead of replacing them. Our advice: don’t do it. Far too often, the result is a kitchen remodel that looks like what it is – a partial Washington, DC kitchen remodel with old cabinets. Your old cabinets will look their age next to all the new features in your kitchen, and by the time you see the full effect, it may be too late.

Another reason for not painting your Washington, DC kitchen cabinets is it’s a bad investment. Most homes have builder grade or shop-built cabinets. By paying to reface or paint you’re throwing good money after bad.

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8. Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Refinishing old floors that should be replaced.

Beautiful, old, wood floors are great, but those magazine-quality refinishing stories of old floors usually leave out a couple of details. Chances are if you live in Washington DC your floors are over 80 years old. At that age they’ve exhausted their useful life. Also the floors have likely been refinished two, three, or even four times.

Also Read: Bathroom Remodeling 

It’s a wise decision to invest in new floors and start fresh for your kitchen and your home. You’ll have the opportunity to update the floors to a wider plank. 5” wide and 7 ½” wide planks have been the major trend in flooring for a few years now. If you’d like to stick with the traditional 2 ¼” wide consider darker floors, which contrast nicely against white kitchen cabinets.

9. Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Not having a budget or not sharing it with your designer.

If you’re just starting out we recommend reviewing the Cost vs. Value Report for Washington, DC kitchen remodel.  The report provides you with averages for mid range and upscale kitchen remodels.  And it will give you at least a starting point for what to invest in your kitchen.  To clarify, every Washington, DC kitchen remodel is a custom project and varies greatly from one to the next.

Having a realistic budget and sticking to it will help you to get the most out of your Washington, DC kitchen remodel.  As a result, your designer will know where to go for an upgrade and where to save.

For those of you looking to do more than a pull and replace (keeping a similar kitchen layout) you should have money set aside in your budget for unplanned expenses. Especially if you live in an older home and / or are looking to take out a wall. The more involved your Washington, DC kitchen remodel is, the more likely it is that you’ll have at least one problem that creates unplanned expenses.

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Bonus  Tip: Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel: Rushing the design phase.

Are you in the early stages of considering a Washington, DC kitchen remodel?  Most importantly, take action now.  Certainly if you have a larger project.  We see people think about a kitchen remodel for years.  Suddenly a life event happens and that kitchen remodel you’ve been waiting on has to get done now.  As a result, it’s never too early to get started.

To sum up, we recommend you plan for two to three weeks of kitchen design of for small to midsize pull and replace kitchen remodels. For large or luxury high-end kitchen remodels plan for 45 to 60 days for your design.

To clarify, that’s design time.  You’ll want to allow additional time for your kitchen cabinets to be built.  Most semi-custom to custom kitchen cabinet lead times range from 5 to 12 weeks.

Washington, DC Kitchen Remodel, Conclusion

We’ve covered ten topics in this article that are typically discussed and addressed in our design phase. Now that you know what to look for, you’re much better equipped for an easier, smoother kitchen design and remodel.  In conclusion, you are now prepared for your Washington, DC kitchen remodel.

If you have any questions about your kitchen or bath remodel, please contact us or schedule a time to visit us at our showroom at 1215 King St Alexandria, VA 22314.  Above all, we’d love to help make your Washington, DC kitchen remodel a reality.

Also Read:

Kitchen Cabinets Arlington, VA 

Bathroom Remodeling Falls Church, VA 

Metal Strips vs Bullnose Tile

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Tips for Surviving Your Kitchen Remodel

Tips for Surviving Your Kitchen Remodel

If you have a kitchen remodel approaching it’s probably safe to say that you’ve invested a lot of time and money planning for this. We have some expert tips that will help you get through your kitchen remodel as easily and stress free as possible.

General Tips:

1. Make Other Living Arrangements

If you really want a completely stress free renovation we suggest moving out during the renovations if at all possible. This could involve staying with family or locating a short-term rental for the duration of the project. If leaving your property for the whole project isn’t an option it might be a great time to plan a short vacation, which will at least give you a short break from the constant construction.

2. Setup A Temporary Kitchen

You will want to figure out in advance where the best place is to setup a small temporary kitchen while construction is taking place. Is it the garage, dining room, laundry room? Let your contractor know where that space is before the remodel begins and ask them to place some of the old cabinets in the temporary space so that you can use them until your new kitchen is ready to use.

3. Storage Is Your Friend

In order to keep your other living spaces as intact as possible we suggest moving as many kitchen items as possible into storage during the remodel. With a smaller temporary kitchen and limited ability to cook you won’t need the majority of your kitchen gadgets anyways. Putting them into storage or a POD will ensure that nothing gets lost or broken. It also ensures that they don’t get moved into other parts of your home. Your kitchen will already be torn apart, the last thing you want is other rooms in your house being overcrowded and uncomfortable to live in as well.

4. Stick with Your Routines

During the renovation try to keep your schedules as “normal” as possible. This is especially important if you have pets and children who are used to a set schedule. Keeping with your regular routine will help keep them more comfortable and less stressed during the renovation.

5. Avoid Making Changes

As difficult as it might be it is really important that you try to avoid making any last-minute additions or changes to your kitchen remodel after it’s already started. Altering your original selections in any way will just cost you more money and extend the completion of the project.

Also Read : Picking the Tile Pattern and Layout

Tips for Managing Without a Full Kitchen

1. Plan on Eating Out

Let’s face it, cooking every single meal at home during your kitchen remodel just isn’t going to be an option. Plan on eating out a few nights a week during your remodel. It will make your life much easier and will also be a nice break to get away from the ongoing construction. If you are on a tight budget, try locating some coupons in advance to help you save some money on your trips out.

2. Stock Up on Disposables

Whenever possible try to take advantage of disposable plates, cups and utensils. This will help you cut back on the number of dishes that you have to do – because not having a functioning kitchen sink to use makes that task a lot harder than normal!

3. Get Creative with Washing Dishes

No matter how hard you try you will still end up with some dishes that will have to be washed. Ideally, you’ll be able to wash them in the bathroom sink, or even the tub. If that’s not an option, you could always use the hose to fill up a large cooler with soapy water and wash them in there.

4. Make Meals in Advance

Trying to prepare meals with limited counterspace and just the basic kitchen gadgets can be a challenge, even for the most experienced chefs. To help make life easier during your renovation we suggest preparing as many meals as possible in advance and freezing them. This will also cut back on the time it takes you to prepare dinner during the renovation and the number of dishes that you’ll have to do.

5. Small Appliances Should be Your Friends

If you are having your kitchen remodel completed when the weather is warm you will absolutely want to take advantage of your grill. There are lots of different types of foods that you can prepare on the grill and in most cases no pots or pans will be needed to do so. You should also plan on making the most out of your crockpot and electric griddle, as both of these kitchen tools can be used to prepare a large selection of meals while taking up little space and making cleanup simple.

Also Read : Cabinet Comparison

If you follow these great tips, we promise that life during your kitchen remodel will be much easier for you and your family. Just keep in mind that the end result will be well worth the inconvenience after it’s all complete and you have your dream kitchen!

Is Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Giving You Accurate Pricing?

Is Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Giving You Accurate Pricing?

It’s always a good idea to get a few different estimates when looking for a kitchen remodeling contractor. You don’t want to end up with someone over charging you, but you also don’t want to end up with the lowest bidder and poor workmanship. It can be a fine line to walk. That’s why we’ve collected a few tips to help you find the right contractor at the right price.

  • 1-Not all estimates are the same. Some contractors give labor-only quotes. And then you are left to figure out where to purchase materials, place the orders and manage deliveries. This can quickly become a complicated task. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples when getting estimates and thoroughly review what is included in the price.
  • 2-The estimate should account for all labor and materials. With a thorough, up front process, your contractor should be able to provide a detailed breakdown of what materials and labor are included in the estimate, outside of unforeseen items. You’ll also want to ask your prospective contractor how they handle unforeseen conditions. They should have a clause in their contract outlining unforeseen conditions. It is important to know what to expect in these situations.
  • 3-Before signing a contract, make sure all of the work you’ve discussed is in writing. This is an important step to ensure that you get what you want out of the project. For example, say your contractor gets into your project and realizes that they’re going to lose money on your job. And then they come back and say that a crucial part of your project was never added into the contract. If you have the project backed up in writing, you’re protected, but if you don’t they could claim anything and take you for more money. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and get it in writing!

Also Read : Make Your Small Bathroom Feel Larger!

Overall, it’s important to be as thorough as possible when getting estimates. Make sure to ask all of your questions and get the cost for every labor and material included in your project. We also feel that it’s important to go with a company that will order the materials and handle deliveries. Usually companies are able to get better prices and results than a do-it-yourselfer. And it’s much less hassle and stress for you!

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, Bath Plus Kitchen Remodeling is a full-service remodeling company serving Northern Virginia. We are able to work under tight deadlines and flexible budgets. And with our contacts in the industry, we are able to secure some of the best quality products for competitive prices. Check out some of our work and customer testimonials to see what we do. Or call today to get a free quote.