Plan Your Remodel: Have a New Kitchen Ready Before Summer

February 7, 2013No comments

Can you believe it’s already February? Even though we’re facing the coldest month of the year, the snow, ice and extra layers of clothing are a reminder that the warmer temperatures of spring and summer are right around the corner.

If you are hoping to have a new kitchen to enjoy during the sunshiny days of summer, now is the time to start planning your project. There’s more than enough time to get it done. I’ve laid out the steps you’ll need to get started on your remodel with

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Your kitchen can look this good by summer if you start soon!

Gather Inspiration

The first step for any remodel is having a good idea of what you want to achieve. Take a few days to page through magazines, tour open houses, and browse the internet for kitchen photos for inspiration. Mainly, figure out what style kitchen you’re going for. When you start getting those first hints of what you like, order free samples from to view the quality of the construction and finish in person.

Determine Kitchen Measurements & Budget

Before any new cabinets, appliances, and counters can be ordered and purchased, you’ll first need to measure your space to make sure everything will fit correctly. Using our Kitchen Measurement Guide and Video, send the completed measurements to your designer.

You’ll also need to establish a budget so you know how much you can spend on each part of your kitchen. We’ve developed two tools to help you come up with a budget that works for you.

Total Kitchen Estimate Tool: Using estimated percentages, this calculator will give you a budget for your whole project based on the current value of your home.

Kitchen Cabinetry Budget Tool: Using the lineal feet of your kitchen and your door style and finish, estimate the cost of your kitchen cabinets. budget tool

Estimate the cost of your cabinetry with the Kitchen Cabinet Budget tool.


Find Your General Contractor

If you do not have home construction or remodeling experience, it’s a good idea to hire a general contractor who is well versed in the process. Find a contractor who you feel comfortable working with and can accommodate your fast-approaching deadline. They’ll handle building permits, demolition and debris removal, and cabinet installation. Make sure to inform your contractor of the delivery date of your cabinets, and work with them to set delivery dates for the other kitchen materials and appliances.

Start Your Kitchen Design

After you’ve determined a budget and submitted kitchen measurements to, our kitchen designers can start designing. Depending on the complexity and size of your space, you’ll receive an initial design in 2–4 business days.

Finalize Cabinetry Design & Place Order

Try to finalize your kitchen design over the next week or two. designers use Internet screen-sharing technology, so together you can design the cabinetry layout without having to leave your home. If you want to make a change, your designer can make it live onscreen. Your general contractor may want to discuss the cabinetry design with your designer. Our designers are more than happy to collaborate with your contractor and provide needed information.

Cabinetry Construction, Shipment & Delivery

When your order is placed and payment is received, please allow up to two weeks for your cabinets to be constructed followed by another two weeks for shipping and delivery.

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Turn to your contractor to help coordinate delivery dates with installation.

Select Appliances, Hardware, Countertop & Lighting

During this one-month-long waiting period, you’ll need to remain dedicated to your project. Make your final product selections, including the appliances, cabinet hardware, countertop material, backsplash, lighting, paint and anything else you’ll need for your new kitchen.


As you make product selections, try to line up delivery dates right before installation. This way, you won’t have giant boxes sitting around for weeks, but everything will be ready when it’s needed. Installation, along with stocking your new kitchen, generally takes about two weeks.

If you’d like to chat more about starting your cabinetry project, don’t hesitate to contact us at (800) 576-7930 or Our designers are very friendly and want you to love your new kitchen.


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