Kitchen Renovations 101.1

The kitchen is the most important room in your home. It is the place where nourishing food is prepared, family comes together, conversations are had, community is shared, homework is done, creations of all sorts are manifested and most importantly memories are shared.

I can’t think of one kitchen renovation we have done where our client hasn’t shared with us how much time is spent in their kitchen. With this is in mind, doesn’t it make sense to honor and cherish this space in your home? Yet, so many people live with the pain of lack of functionality, poor lighting, limited storage, clutter, unclean work areas. Not to mention dated and aesthetically unappealing spaces.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, it seems like a BIG project. If it’s a complete re-haul; it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to control projects and maintain you, the homeowner, as the driver. In this article, I’ll discuss how to navigate through a complete gut rehab to a partial rehab or just a kitchen refresh. Additionally, I offer timing and budget perspectives, including a list [with links] to some of our favorite sources no matter your budget parameters.

The important thing in making a decision on whether or not to undergo a kitchen renovation is to arm yourself with basic knowledge and a great team with experience to confidently and securely see you through it from start to finish! 

Kitchen remodeling MENU |

Full Kitchen Rehab |


  • Install new cabinetry [with new layout specifically designed to lifestyle + preferences]
  • Install backsplash
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace countertops
  • Install door hardware [knobs + pulls]
  • Install new lighting [under cabinet, island pendants, recessed cans]
  • Install new appliances
  • Install new plumbing fixtures
  • Paint walls + ceiling
 A full kitchen renovation we performed for a suburban client.

A full kitchen renovation we performed for a suburban client.

Partial Kitchen Rehab | For a partial kitchen rehab we include some or all of the following items….


  • Paint existing cabinetry
  • Install or replace backsplash
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace countertops
  • Install new or replace door hardware [knobs + pulls]
  • Install new lighting [under cabinet, island pendants, recessed cans]
  • Replace appliances
  • Replace plumbing fixtures
  • Paint walls + ceiling [if necessary]

Kitchen Refresh |


  •     Install or replace tile backsplash
  •     Replace countertops
  •     Replace or install hardware [knobs + pulls]
  •     Paint walls
 For our city bachelor, we performed this kitchen refresh, using his existing cabinetry + adding metal shelving, lighting, a custom hood vent and rustic wine bins to not only fill the space above, but also provide a solution for his extensive wine collection.

For our city bachelor, we performed this kitchen refresh, using his existing cabinetry + adding metal shelving, lighting, a custom hood vent and rustic wine bins to not only fill the space above, but also provide a solution for his extensive wine collection.

When deciding which direction you’d like to tackle your kitchen, let’s discuss the two most commonly asked questions…  TIME and BUDGET.

TIME |


At MOOD | Design + Build, we make the following allowances….

Full Kitchen Rehab |

  •  3-4 weeks for design
  • 4 weeks for permit drawings [if applicable], sometimes more depending upon municipality
  • 8-12 weeks for construction + renovation
  • 2 weeks for demo + framing    
  • 4 weeks for rough electric, plumbing + mechanicals
  • 4 weeks for drywall, flooring + cabinetry
  • 2-4 weeks for countertops, backsplash + final fixtures [lighting, plumbing + appliances]

Total time allowance | 12-24 weeks


Partial Rehab or Kitchen Refresh |

  • 2-3 weeks for design
  • 4-6 weeks for construction + renovation
  • 2 weeks for ordering + receiving materials + fixtures
  • 1 week for demo
  • 1 week for electric + plumbing
  • 1-2 weeks for countertops, backsplash + final fixtures [lighting, plumbing + appliances]

Total time allowance | 6-9 weeks

BUDGET |


As far as budget is concerned, this can range quite drastically based upon geographic locations which affect labor costs + fixture and material selections. Below is a range, based upon quality and preferences.

HIGH END/LUXURY KITCHEN | $100K-$300K+

Includes premium grade products such as...

MID-LEVEL/AFFORDABLE LUXURY KITCHEN | $60K-$100K

Includes mid level products such as…

AFFORDABLE KITCHEN | $25K-$50K

Includes affordable products such as…

 This was a beautiful and affordable full renovation kitchen we performed for our client in Chicago.

This was a beautiful and affordable full renovation kitchen we performed for our client in Chicago.

Upgrading your kitchen is a worthy investment. It not only adds to the value of your home but most importantly adds to the enjoyment of the most significant space in your home. Too many homeowners tackle their project without the help of seasoned professionals only to discover mistakes and discrepancies after the work has been done. Unless you’ve done it before, renovating a kitchen is no small feat. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to save a buck only to spend more in time, money and aggravation on the backend.

Contact us for more information in how we can assist in creating and building your dream kitchen, we’d love to help!

 

 

    

 

 

 

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