What To Know Before You Remodel

Make your remodel stress free with thorough planning and a few tips from our DeWils cabinet experts.



Any time you make changes to your home it’s important to consider the factors that are driving your remodel. Are you remodeling for personal use or for the resale value? If it’s for resale, it’s best to stick with safe colors and styles that are appealing to the most people. White kitchens are always a safe bet with a high return on investment.

Keep in mind that the average cost of a kitchen-remodeling project is over $50,000. Because of the size and scope of these projects and the financial investment it’s best not to go too trendy. Aim for timeless and classic. This year’s newest trend can look very dated in 5 years.

Easiest ways to save? Keep the existing layout. Expense starts to skyrocket when you tear down walls, change plumbing and electrical or move gas lines. Avoid custom configurations. By using the standard sized wine racks, cabinets, shelves, etc. you’re avoiding customization upcharges.

Make It Accessible

Aging-In-Place specifications are becoming increasingly popular with today’s ever-evolving family dynamic. Remodeling a kitchen with lower countertops, an emphasis on base cabinets, pull-outs and extra space between an island and perimeter are all things to take into consideration when someone in the home is limited in mobility or in a wheelchair. Climbing onto your counter to access the ceiling height stacked cabinets becomes a tad less feasible later on in life.

Find An Expert

DIY is all the rage right now but often DIY Shows tend to offer unrealistic expectations on everything from finished product, time involved and budget. Anything to do with electrical and plumbing are other areas best left to the professionals – for obvious reasons. Going into your remodel project with realistic hopes, an understanding of the scope and with trusted professionals goes a long way!


Quality Counts

Worth the splurge? Cutting corners may come back to haunt you. Certain things like cabinetry are worth investing a little more on the front end. Remember, it’s a lot harder to replace cabinets than it is a dishwasher. If your cabinet construction is flimsy, you’ll start to see sagging shelves and crooked doors in just a few years. If the finish is poor, you’ll start to see wear and tear on the finish in highly used areas including rub through around the knobs and discoloration around the stove.