What Is a Phased Kitchen Remodel?

One of the least stressful ways to remodel your kitchen is to tackle the project in phases. Some of us are more eager to get a job done right away, but if you are more interested in a process that evolves, a phased kitchen remodel design is probably the right choice for you. It allows you to take advantage of special deals, to make decisions sequentially rather than all at once, and to take as much time as you like one each separate step. It also provides you with the opportunity to get a feel for how each of the elements works in the space and what makes the most sense to you as proceed. So without further ado, what are these steps?

Start With the Overall Design

Do you want a kitchen design that is efficient and streamlined? Or would you prefer a warm and cozy kitchen that is ideal for family gatherings and for entertaining? After you settle on the big picture is when the individual parts will start to fall into place. If you are planning on any major changes like removing a wall, redoing the floor, or changing electrical outlets, this is the phase when that will be decided, as you determine the general layout and overall ambiance of your future kitchen.

Establishing a Budget for Your Remodel

After you’ve determined what you want your kitchen to look like, the next step is to see how to make your dreams a reality by assessing what the costs will be and how long you want to take for the remodel. For tips on how to organize your finances for your remodel, see our blog post on How to Make a Kitchen Makeover Budget. Don’t forget to set aside a contingency fund for unforeseen costs! The budget process goes hand-in-hand with setting up a schedule and how much time it will take for each part of the remodel to be completed.

Cabinet Phase

Because the cabinetry is the dominating feature of almost any kitchen, this is where you’ll want to start. Do your existing cabinets fit with the vision you have for the rest of the kitchen? Will they support the material that you’ll be using for your countertops? Although replacing the kitchen cabinetry can make a major change in the look, feel, and functionality of your kitchen, it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. RTA cabinets ship easily and quickly, eliminating any need to visit a showroom floor, and the Shaker cabinets offered by Nelson KB can save you up to thousands of dollars in comparison with custom cabinets, which can also be costly in terms of time. They’re a great choice for a budget friendly kitchen remodel. Choosing a versatile color like white or gray will give you plenty of options as you enter the next phases of your remodel.

Countertops

As soon as you have the cabinets installed, you can enter into the next phase, which involves installing the countertops. It’s important to follow this sequence so you can be precise in your measurements for the countertops, which will be based upon the precise dimensions of the cabinets.

Appliances

Most appliances can be phased in gradually or upgraded all at once, depending on the specifics of the remodel. If you’ve gotten a double oven cabinet, for example, specifically for a double oven, then it would make sense to install it right away. But most refrigerators and even dishwashers can be swapped out and in depending on your schedule.

Flooring

Once you have a good idea of what your remodeled kitchen will look like once everything is done, you can reconsider your plans for the floor. Maybe you’ll even decide that the floor you currently have actually works with the changes you’ve made. Whatever the case, make sure the flooring is durable and easy to clean so that when you can be sure that you don’t have to replace it in the years ahead.