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When is the Right Time to Start my Kitchen Project

  • July 10, 2019

These are challenging times for virtually any construction, remodeling, or decorating project. It’s anyone’s guess as to what havoc various global events might have on project timelines. Giving yourself plenty of extra time (and then some), will help take a lot of unnecessary stress out of your project. We strongly recommend at this time that clients do not try to attach their project completion to a hard and fast event (e.g., Holiday celebration, wedding, graduation, etc.)

Before you let the intimidation of a kitchen project deter you from starting, when you meet with a designer you will see that the entire process is not as scary as you imagined. Knowledge is key! In fact, we are confident that you will actually have FUN seeing your dreams come to fruition.

With the kitchen being the heart of the home, an efficient, beautiful design brings joy and renewed energy to activities and events in your home for many years down the road. On today’s blog, we are going to share with you some ways you can update your kitchen space and hopefully inspire you to get started on your next project!

A Few Simple Upgrades

The first way to give your kitchen a quick refresh is to update a few pieces of your décor. Consider updating bar stools, dining table and chairs, rugs, decorative lighting, cabinet hardware, art, or accessories. You will find many items available for immediate purchase right in our showroom! If there is something you are not finding or you need a little inspiration, our designers can assist you. 



A Kitchen Refresh

The next step up in project scope would be a Kitchen Refresh. A Refresh gives you a

fresh, updated space, but stops short of replacing cabinets and tearing out walls. Common refresh elements are countertops, tile, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Another way to refresh your space is to seek out a company that can reface your cabinets. This is a cost-effective solution to replace a dated color with another wood tone or paint.

New countertops are the most popular refresh element. There are many types of easy-care surfaces to choose from, at a variety of price points. Quartz products such as Cambria, Silestone, and Caesarstone

are popular alternatives to granite and are becoming increasingly affordable. Keep in mind that not all kitchen surfaces have to be the same. You can fool your guests into thinking you remodeled your entire kitchen when all you did was replace a countertop!

Before Photo of Kitchen Refresh in Medina, MN. The client had been in their house over 10 years and was never happy with the kitchen or like how dark it was.

After Photo of a Kitchen Refresh Project. Cabinets were painted, new countertops, new hardware, new backsplash tile and new sink and faucet. A wonderful transformation!

A Kitchen Remodel

If your kitchen no longer functions well for you, your cabinetry is beyond repair, your appliances have failed, or if you are just simply tired of your dated space, it might be time for a full kitchen remodel. A remodel is especially appropriate if you plan to stay in your home for several more years. Your Studio M kitchen and bath designer will guide you through the decision-making process so that you achieve your design goals, stay on budget, and have a beautiful new space that’s ready in time for your Holiday gatherings.

The beauty of a remodel is that you start with essentially a blank slate! Your designer will ask you questions about your lifestyle such as how much you cook/bake in your kitchen, how frequently you entertain or host holidays, and what kind of storage you require. This is all to ensure that your new design is beautiful, functional, and perfectly tailored to you and your lifestyle.

A kitchen remodel may require up to 18 weeks depending on cabinet lead times when your order is placed.  Planning ahead will help manage expectations and reduce stress.

Regardless of the possible scope of your kitchen project, our designers are an excellent resource for you. They will help you determine whether the time is right for a kitchen project and if so, they will assist you in determining the appropriate scope and budget. Not only is Studio M a great design resource, but we carry cabinetry of the highest quality, as well as countertops, tile, lighting, and more – everything you need for your kitchen, bath, or home project!

We encourage you to check out the projects on our website, as well as before and after pictures that highlight some amazing kitchen transformations.

If you’re dreaming of a new kitchen, now’s the time to schedule an appointment.


Linda Logan says

All I want for christmas 2021 is a small home and a nice kitchen.

mingleteam says

That sounds lovely, Linda! We hope you get your two Christmas wishes, and let us know if we can help with the kitchen part. 🙂

Thomas Clarence says

Thank you for helping me to understand that it is important to plan ahead when remodeling your kitchen. It might be a good idea to schedule your remodeling for a time when people aren’t home often. That way you wouldn’t have to worry about getting in the way of the workers.

Henry Killingsworth says

Thank you for helping me to understand that planning ahead can reduce stress when it comes to a kitchen renovation project. With that in mind, I would think that the first thing to do when planning a kitchen renovation project is to contact a remodeling expert. A remodeling expert would probably be able to eliminate a lot of stress from the get-go.

Elaina D'Agostino says

You got me when you said a remodel is appropriate if we plan on staying in the home for several more years. I’m actually planning to stay here until my little sister graduates from college. We live near the university she wants to attend. So that means another five or so years.

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