Your kitchen is the hardest working room in your home. When your kitchen isn’t working as well as it could, that means you’re working even harder to pick up the slack. A kitchen remodel is the best way to work smarter, not harder, with a better layout, new appliances, more durable surfaces, and custom storage. It doesn’t hurt that a kitchen remodel will give you a space that feels fresh and beautiful as well.
Penn Contractors is an expert in kitchen remodeling, with 25 years of experience in Lehigh Valley, creating kitchens that reflect the homeowner’s unique style and meet their specific needs. Exceeding your design goals, adhering to your budget, and meeting your timeline is more than our priorities, they’re our guiding principles.
We know you have questions about what to expect and we have answers. Here are the most frequently asked questions we’ve received about the kitchen remodeling process.
The kitchen is a complex room to remodel, and complexity tends to cost more. A kitchen requires durable surfaces that will last a long time, so you won’t have to make repairs and replace materials for many years. When you’re looking at your available project budget, keep in mind that cutting corners on finishes and materials will show in the end result.
Remodeling a kitchen will, of course, mean you won't have access to this daily necessity. If living without your kitchen for months at a time seems like it will cause too much frustration, you’ll need to make alternative living arrangements. It’s also important to work your arrangements into your budget to avoid overextending yourself.
You’re going to be making a lot of decisions throughout the design process. At times, it might seem like the decisions will never end, but keep your eyes on the end result: a custom kitchen that will meet your demands and reflect your style.
It’s helpful to approach your design-build team with visual examples of the design you’re after, like magazine clippings, internet images, or even pictures of a friend’s kitchen that you like. Any imagery helps with the design process because your designer will be able to narrow down which materials and finishes fit your design goals.
The length of time your kitchen remodel will take depends on the extent of the project. At Penn Contractors, we focus on major kitchen remodels. A major kitchen remodel could include changing the layout, removing a wall, installing an island, and replacing all of the finishes. The former will take less time than the latter.
Timing will also depend on the age of your home if any other repairs beneath the surface need to be addressed, and how many change orders are made. To get a better idea of how long your remodel may take, contact Penn Contractors, describe your remodeling goals, and the team will help you understand an appropriate timeline.
Kitchen cabinets are estimated to take up around 30% to 40% of a typical budget. This isn’t a hard rule, of course, but a good understanding of how much of your budget will go to this one aspect. Kitchen cabinets are a large portion of your kitchen, set the style tone, and should be high quality because of their frequent use and the weight they carry. The cost of labor, kitchen appliances, and countertops follow.
The standard amount you will spend on your kitchen remodel should be around 15% to 20% of your home’s total current value. Spending more may mean you are choosing materials that are out of sync with the quality of materials in the rest of your home and you won’t get a return on investment (ROI) that’s in keeping with the area standard.
Of course, there are circumstances where spending more than 15% is warranted, such as replacing compromised subflooring, replacing the wiring in an older home, or removing load-bearing walls to create an open concept.
These questions only scratch the surface for most homeowners, so we invite you to reach out with the specific concerns you may have about the remodeling process. Give us a call at 610.965.4204 or send us a New Project Request. We'll help you determine if our team is a good match for your kitchen remodeling project and as always, we look forward to hearing from you.