Kitchen Remodeling 101: Concept to Completion

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

It’s no secret that kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements. Not only do they offer a great return on investment, but a newly remodeled kitchen improves the form and function of the home.

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen there is obviously something you don’t like about your kitchen. It may simply be the style of cabinetry or it could be the layout. Whatever the reason, unless you solve that problem you will not be satisfied. This is why it is important to work with a professional who specializes in kitchen remodeling.

With over 75 years of combined experience, we have learned that communication is the key. The reason we have so many satisfied clients is that we actually listen to our customers. We begin with a free consultation. We’ll spend an hour or so in your home talking to you and getting a feel for your decorating style and lifestyle. Plus, we ask all prospective clients to complete a thorough questionnaire. We will show you hundreds of pictures to get a feel for what you like and don’t like. Be sure whoever you hire really understands what you want.

The next step is to measure the kitchen and give a ballpark price. If that’s acceptable, the company will draw up a thorough design plan. This design fee is typically deductible from the price of the kitchen renovation.

Once the design is agreed upon, the next step is to start shopping. If you are working with a full-service renovation company, an interior designer will guide you through this step. They may accompany you to showrooms to help select cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, appliances, sinks, faucets, fixtures, and lighting. The designer will spend hours showing clients all the alternatives available and making color recommendations to ensure the client’s new kitchen is exactly how they envision it in their dreams.

Next comes the waiting period. Depending upon the products selected, clients may have to wait weeks, or even months, until everything is delivered. A professional renovator will not start a job until the kitchen cabinets have been delivered. This way the client’s life is not disrupted, any more than necessary. An experienced remodeler will also set up temporary solutions, such as moving the refrigerator into the garage or microwave in the laundry room, so the client is not without a kitchen for too long.

The typical kitchen remodeling job takes about five weeks from the time the contractor starts prepping the job and demolition until completion. Of course, just because the work is done does not mean that the job is over. A good kitchen remodeling company will guarantee its work and come back and service it if there are any problems.

In next month’s issue will we discuss how to make sure your kitchen renovation really works for you and your family.
Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Royal Kitchen Designs writes a monthly advice column answering your questions about interior design and home remodeling. Please e-mail your questions to or mail to: Royal Kitchen Designs, 5608 Travelers Palm Lane, Tamarac, FL, 33319.