When you are remodeling a luxury kitchen, there are many things to consider—layout, appliances, finishes, and of course, your cabinets. While it may be tempting to tackle a kitchen remodel on your own, it is wise to hire a professional design team to ensure that the job is done right and lives up to your expectations.
A new luxury kitchen will not only make your home more livable; it increases the value of your home even if you aren’t planning to sell. A full kitchen remodel is a big project that will take time, money, and effort. But trust us, it will all be worth it in the end.
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Creating Custom Kitchens
Most people may think that a luxury kitchen must be full of expensive appliances and ample extravagant design features. While these elements can be part of a luxury kitchen remodel, we believe a truly luxurious kitchen focuses more on the overall beauty and functionality of the space.
A luxury kitchen is a beautiful custom oasis that is functional, suits your unique aesthetic, and is a place that you want to spend time.
Your Needs and Wants
This isn’t a cookie-cutter kitchen. Before remodeling your kitchen, consider what you want to accomplish with the remodel. Ask yourself what persistent problems that you experience on a day-to-day basis with your current kitchen.
- Is your kitchen outdated?
- Is it too small?
- Do you lack a dining area?
- Is there not enough prep or counter space?
- Is organization non-existent?
Create a list of things you want to include in your new kitchen, ranking them by importance. Be prepared, you may need to compromise. Your list of wants and needs will help with your design consultation.
Have Happiness Built-In: Distinguish between elements that are must-haves and those that you simply want.
Once you have settled on your must-haves, it is time to turn those ideas into reality. While you can DIY it, a project as large as a full remodel is a lot to complete on your own.
To get the kitchen of your dreams, we highly recommend working with design experts so you don’t make design mistakes that you only see after everything is in place.
Prepare Your Home
Depending on the scope of your remodel, your kitchen is likely to be out of commission for weeks or even months. Plan for meals while your kitchen is being remodeled and be prepared to live without your kitchen and appliances while work is being done.
Try setting up an informal kitchen with a few appliances in another room or cook and freeze meals in advance that can be reheated in the microwave.
The first step to any kitchen remodel is demolition and tear-out. This is where all the walls, existing cabinetry, flooring, figures, etc. will be torn out to be replaced.
While some homeowners like to handle this phase themselves, it is wise to hire a licensed contractor to complete the job to ensure no pipes or electrical wires are damaged in the process.
Structural Build Out
Now that demo is complete, it’s time to remodel! Depending on your new luxury kitchen’s layout, framing work may be necessary. Are you adding windows? Removing windows to increase cabinet space? Taking down walls to create an open-concept kitchen?
Even minor kitchen projects may need work to strengthen joists to support built-ins, kitchen islands, or heavier appliances.
Plumbing and Wiring Rough-In
After framing, the next step in the remodel is roughing-in plumbing, wiring, and HVAC ductwork if necessary. This is called the mechanical rough-in phase and is typically completed by licensed plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians.
Next, the kitchen will start to take shape as the walls and ceilings are closed. Drywall is hung and ready to be taped off and finished and the walls and ceilings will be primed and painted.
Now is the best part-installing fixtures, flooring, appliances, and our favorite, cabinetry!
Flooring is completed before appliances, countertops, and appliances are installed to give a good foundation for everything. No one wants to find out their floors stop at the island if another remodel happens 15 years down the line.
Cabinetry and Countertops
Once the flooring is installed, finish carpenters will arrive to install cabinetry. Cabinet-hanging requires patience and can take a day or two to complete. Since your countertops must be perfectly level and flat, we will ensure that the base cabinets are properly anchored and perfectly level.
Installing countertops can be harder than it looks. Granite, marble, and synthetic quartz are so heavy that it is best to have them installed by a professional to prevent damage and injury.
Your new kitchen will really take shape once this step is complete, and you’ll be on your way to loving your new space.
Appliances and Fixtures
Now it is time to install the appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Appliances are put into position, and a plumber will hook up the refrigerator water supply, and the dishwasher. An electrician will return to install light fixtures and connect switches and outlets.
Your kitchen remodel is almost complete!
Inspection and Completion
If you are working with a contractor, it is now time for the final walk-through. Create a list of any details that don’t meet your satisfaction and ensure that you are happy with every detail.
Permits will need to be finalized, and various inspectors may need to visit your kitchen to review the work and stamp your permit as complete.
Your kitchen is finished! Enjoy your new space!
Custom Luxury Cabinetry
If you are remodeling your kitchen, our team at C & C Cabinets can design and build completely custom cabinetry, built-ins, pantries, millwork, and islands to fit your unique needs and design aesthetic.
Ready to get started? Have happiness built-in with the Cabinet Chic. Let’s design something special —813-876-6780!