Kitchen Remodeling FAQs


How long does a kitchen remodeling project typically take from start to finish?

At the risk of sounding elusive, we really must say that “it depends”. The scope of the kitchen remodeling depends on how long the project will take. To cite an example, if you are removing a wall or two to open up the kitchen, which is a very common trend now, the actual construction obviously will take a little bit longer. But it is important to keep in mind that adding or removing walls generally require permits of building department, which in turn also add to the project time.

  1. Here is a sample timeline, to illustrate only, of a kitchen remodeling project that does not include removing or adding walls:
  2. Meet with a remodeling consultant for a Free Design Consultation and get proposal – 1 week time.
  3. To finalize the scope of the project and the terms of a Remodeling Agreement you have to come to our showroom – 2 to 3 weeks.
  4. Select all the materials for the project – 1 to 4 weeks.
  5. Materials are ordered and delivered – 4 to 8 weeks time.
  6. Demolition and removal of old materials and appliances – 1 week.
  7. Installation of new materials and appliances, flooring, plumbing and electrical work, painting – 3 to 4 weeks.
  8. Finishing touches and clean up – 1 to 2 weeks.

What do I need to do to prepare for my kitchen renovation?

You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. If you are unaware about this till now, look at some magazines, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. After that, you may contact us for a Free Design Consultation with a Remodeling Consultant. You will get instruction from your Remodeling Consultant as to what exact steps you need to take. But, generally speaking, before construction begins, you have to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed. Although, we cover the areas surrounding our work area, you will want to protect your furniture from dust with plastic sheets.

What is the typical workflow for a kitchen renovation?

  1. Create design
  2. Electric
  3. Sink and faucet installation
  4. Select materials
  5. Wall preparation
  6. Appliance installation
  7. Order materials
  8. Priming and painting
  9. Backsplash installation
  10. Deliver materials
  11. Cabinet installation
  12. Light fixture installation
  13. Demolition
  14. Locating appliances
  15. Accessories installation
  16. Sub floor preparation
  17. Countertop template
  18. Door hardware installation
  19. Floor installation
  20. Countertop fabrication
  21. Final coat of paint
  22. Plumbing
  23. Countertop installation
  24. Touch up items


Will A to Z renovation designer help me choose all of the materials?

Since we have sufficient stock of all materials at our showroom that is needed, yes, A to Z renovation Remodeling consultant will help you choose everything you need.


Can I buy those products from A to Z renovation?

Of course, that is a major component of what makes us a full service firm. It makes very convenient for clients that we are able to design everything for you, help you choose the materials, and sell them to you. But it may please be noted that we don’t require you to purchase the materials from us. You are at liberty to shop at other locations.

Do I need to have design ideas before I start the renovation process?

Absolutely not; but it will help if you do. Your Free Design Consultant is meant to help generate ideas or work through the ones you already have.


What features should I plan to invest the most in for my new Kitchen?

Cabinetry is probably the most expensive item in the kitchen from the functional standpoint, mainly because of its sheer volume. However, you can also spend  a lot of money on your countertops and flooring, depending on the style and materials you like.


What type of return on investment can I expect from remodeling my kitchen if I sell my home?

Realtor Magazine reported that for the year 2005, the national average return on investment for kitchen remodeling is between 84.8% and 98.5% depending upon the project whether it is a major or minor and whether the budget is upscale or moderate. However, in large metropolitan areas like New York City, the return ranged from 119.5% to 135%. Therefore, many people will actually make a substantial profit on the money they invest in their kitchen.


Is re-facing a good solution when your budget is tight?

Of course, re-facing is less expensive than replacing cabinets – but it is usually not recommended. If you plan to replace doors and drawer fronts you will also need to replace the front face of the cabinet frame to make sure the doors and visible parts of the cabinet match. The problems occur usually while Re-facing the frame. If the laminate shifts or peels away, an unattractive seam shows. This is most typical complaint among re-facing clients.


Another reason not to re-face is cost. This is the most expensive part – about 70% of a cabinet’s cost – is the door. You have to consider that if you are already paying for the most of the cabinet, why not add a little more and upgrade to completely new cabinets?


For every budget there are many options available in cabinets. If you are already committed to spending time, money and effort on remodeling, consider the value and enjoyment will you gain by opting from brand new cabinets. At A to Z renovation, we will be providing you re-facing service because – on occasion re-facing can be a logical choice. Since very little labor is involved, Cabinet re-facing is extremely profitable. It is good business for the re-facing company but not often the best solution for the homeowner.


What’s the better cabinet choice – particle board or plywood?

When researching cabinets, this is one of the most frequently asked questions. There is a general perception that plywood is better than particle board – may be because plywood has the word “wood” in it. Most people figure plywood is real wood while particle board is a cheap imitation. Surprisingly, in many cases particle board is a much better option than plywood.


In order to make the best decision; let’s define these two materials. Plywood is composed of thin sheets of wood glued together. Particle board is make of tiny wood particles held together with adhesive. Both are strong, durable and make a good cabinet. Moreover, there are different types and grades of plywood and particle board. High-density particle board is stronger and will last longer than plywood. Because of changes in humidity, all wood expands and contracts. Generally, particle board is more resistant to expansion and contraction. Hence, in areas with significant changes in humidity – like New York City – particle board is the better option.


Is it a good idea to purchase Kitchen cabinets at IKEA?

We love IKEA. The Scandinavian design is beautiful and the prices are too good to be true. It is a great place to research European design ideas. Here is how IKEA works: IKEA is a high volume retailer offering low priced European-style kitchens. All IKEA products are manufactured in Sweden and shopped to the U.S. For keeping shipping costs low, all items are shipped and sold disassembled and the buyer must assemble the cabinets. This works well with tables or bookcases, but is very problematic with kitchens.


Imagine purchasing a kitchen consisting of 10 cabinets.  If you receive 10 assembled cabinets, all you have to do is install them. However, IKEA kitchens come in hundreds-even thousands – of pieces and there is a chance at least one piece will be missing. In addition, the assembly process takes time – which will be more costly if you are paying  for labor. Another issue is the strength of the cabinet. A cabinet assembled on the job site will never be as strong and precise as a cabinet manufactured in a factory.  In addition, IKEA uses a very low-density particle board. If you need to re-drill or nail the cabinet in the future, there is a good chance the low-density materials will crumble.


Is Home Depot a good source for purchasing kitchen cabinetry?

Home depot is a great source. The huge stores are very convenient with everything found under one roof. Also, Home Depot’s prices are known to be the best in the market. However, this is not true with kitchen cabinets. Actually Home Depot  kitchen cabinet prices are very similar to those of smaller kitchen cabinet dealers. Home Depot has shown tremendous success as a high volume, low priced retailer but if you are looking for a personalized, high quality service,  that is not where Home Depot shines.


The most common complaint of Home Depot customers is that “ you are on your own.” No one devotes time to your project – helping you understand, plan, design, price and make the best choices.  To keep costs low and prices very competitive, Home Depot’s service must remain basic. Stores are generally understaffed and most employees are not trained designers or contractors.


Is it a good idea to install wood flooring in the kitchen?

Wood flooring is not usually recommended for kitchens. That is to say, it is still a very popular choice. If it works visually, go ahead and use it – especially if you are opening the kitchen into an adjacent space with wood flooring. Generally, designers choose other materials over wood because of both the “wear and tear factor” and possible exposure to water damage. Because the kitchen is a high traffic area, the finish will wear off a wood floor more quickly than in other low traffic parts of your home and will need to be refinished periodically. Also, because there is plumbing in a kitchen, wood floors are at risk for water damage. A tile floor is more resistant to leaks and humidity.


I have a “Popcorn” ceiling. Is it possible to make it smooth? Is it a good idea?

Popcorn ceilings are usually made of stucco or sand paint. This technique was used on construction during the 70’s and 80’s for the purpose of hiding imperfections in concrete slab ceilings that were never 100% level. In some cases, chunks of these ceilings are beginning to crumble. When repairing a popcorn ceiling, it’s nearly impossible to make the repair invisible.


To make these ceilings smooth there are two ways. One is to scrape and skim coat. This requires more work but will not affect the ceiling height. Frame and Sheetrock the ceiling is the second way. This technique is faster, but will drop the ceiling height by at least a couple of inches. In some cases, it may be an advantage because new framing will allow you to run wiring for ceiling light fixtures or speakers. Wiring through concrete slab ceilings can be very challenging. In addition to this, some buildings do not permit running wiring in concrete slab ceilings. Changing a “popcorn” ceiling to a smooth surface ceiling is a popular trend. It not only does for better wiring, it also makes the space look cleaner, larger and less dated.




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