5 Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Although I wish (desperately) that the gorgeous kitchen in these photos was mine, alas, it is not. It was shared with me by my friends over at CliqStudios.com (they craft the most beautiful kitchen cabinets right here in the USA – and their prices are pretty great too), and features a remodel done by one of their trade pro customers (Simone Development, in Southington, CT).  I decided to share it here too, because I absolutely adore everything about it, and want to be able to reference it in the future should I eventually decide to remodel my kitchen. The cabinetry, colors, appliances, and floor are all so inspiring to me. The remodeling process itself was also a great success, thanks to a few important tips (and avoiding some things as well) – all of which I’ll be posting below.

We haven’t done any remodeling of entire rooms in our place, but we did a floor remodeling project last fall that some of you may remember. Our carpet was worn and buckled, and I was never a big fan of the linoleum tile in the kitchen, so we decided to replace it all with a laminate wood. We also decided to do it ourselves – and man did I learn some lessons along the way. Because we live in a townhouse and our downstairs is relatively small, we were certain that we could bust this project out in 24 hours. Wrong!  So wrong. It ended up taking an entire week. Our biggest mistake was not planning out our timeline. Rather than writing down expected dates for each step (tearing up all of the old flooring, laying the new flooring, adding in all of the trim, and repainting the baseboards), we looked at it all as one lump project.  We also didn’t plan for the unexpected when putting together our budget, and the project ended up costing a little more than we’d anticipated as a result.

So much about our flooring remodel experience came to mind when CliqStudios.com initally contacted me about possibly sharing an infograph they’d put together showing the Top Five Traits of a Successful Kitchen Remodel and the Top Three Traps to Avoid. As soon as I saw it, I’d wished I’d had it before our project, and I knew immediately that I wanted to share it with you guys. Although we didn’t use a contractor or designer (aside from ourselves and a friend!), and our experience wasn’t specifically with our kitchen, these tips would have been incredibly useful. Really, they could easily apply to pretty much any home remodeling project. I hope they come in handy for you!  (Just click on the info graph to see a larger image.)

Have you done a kitchen remodel (or any remodel) recently?  Do you have any other tips (or mistakes!) that you can share?

This post was in collaboration with CliqStudios.com.

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