Last updated on March 16, 2023

Kitchen renovations are continuing to grow in popularity (especially in the greater Des Moines area), and it’s no surprise. I mean, there’s hardly anything better than adding a big bay window above the sink that allows you to look out into your beautiful Iowa yard while you’re doing the dishes.

But, there are a few important things to consider before remodeling your kitchen.So put down that Best Buy catalog, stop thinking about tiles for just a second, and answer these questions for yourself.

What to Consider when Remodeling a Kitchen

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What’s Your Budget?

The first thing you should write down on your kitchen remodel checklist is your budget. This will determine everything from the type of paint you buy to the complexity of the job.

HomeWorx Iowa offers financing plans to help local residents pay for renovations. And, we’re happy to work with you to develop a project that you can afford.

But, before we can break ground, we have to draw up a proposal and make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of pricing. So, it helps if you know how much you can spend beforehand to save us all time.

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What Type of Cabinets Are You Looking For?

Cabinets are the most important component of a kitchen. They’re essentially the framework that everything is built around. So, it’s important to consider them before you think about anything else.

“How do you choose cabinets?” you ask, “And how much do kitchen cabinets cost, anyway?”

Well, it depends on what you want.

Would you like your cabinets to extend all the way to the ceiling so that you don’t have to dust up top? 

HomeWorx is happy to help you brainstorm kitchen cabinet design ideas. But, the more you think about this before our first consultation, the easier it will be to get an idea of what you’re looking for and how much they’ll cost.

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Is the Sink Going to Move?

Most of the people who hire us for a kitchen renovation want to keep their sink in the same spot. They usually want us to replace it with a new sink, but they’re generally pretty happy with where it sits when we show up.

If you want to move your sink to a new location, however, you’ll have to let us know ahead of time.

In Des Moines and other Iowa cities, we’ll have to obtain a permit to move a sink because it requires a plumber to reroute the pipes.

This isn’t a problem, of course. We’re happy to help. But, you should add this to your kitchen remodel checklist and let us know ahead of time. 

Are We Adding Lights?

Obviously, one of the most important things to consider before your kitchen remodel is lighting. We’re guessing that you probably don’t want to keep that old, dusty chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

These days, you have an endless number of lighting options to choose from. You can add recessed lighting, track lighting, or any other type of fixture you’d like.

If you simply want us to replace the old lights with new fixtures, we can do that without a problem. If you want new fixtures added in a spot where there weren’t any previously, though, we may have to call an electrician to handle the wiring.

Check out some pictures of our kitchen projects in the Photo Gallery!

Do You Want to Really Want to Gut the Original Architecture?

Today, it’s quite popular for people to gut their entire kitchen. They call us up and have us tear everything out so that they can add new cabinets, counters, and appliances.

And while we usually recommend this approach, it’s not the best option for everyone.

There are a lot of midcentury modern homes in Des Moines that still contain the original architecture. If you currently live in one of these houses, it doesn’t make sense for us to gut it. By keeping some of the features, you’ll be able to get much more money for the house when you sell it.

Now, we’ll be happy to add some lighting under the counter and take care of any other odd jobs you need done, but you should carefully consider whether or not you actually want us to tear down the to the studs.

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Are You Selling Your Home Anytime Soon?

Are you remodeling your house to sell it? Are you hoping that these kitchen renovations will add some value?

Well, you’re making the right choice. A new kitchen can add significant value to your home.

But, you may also want to consider other renovations while you’re at it.

After all, if you already have the HomeWorx team working on your house, why not have us do some bathroom renovations, too? We’d also be happy to finish your basement or take care of any other projects you need.

Ultimately, the more work you put into it, the more likely it is that someone will want to buy it from you. And, they’ll probably be willing to pay a lot more money for it.

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Where Are You Going to Eat When Your Kitchen is Under Construction?

There’s one final thing to consider before you get a kitchen remodel: where and what are you going to eat?

Your kitchen, after all, is going to be out of commission for at least a few days. During that time, you and your family are going to have to find some food.

So, you should plan on ordering up from your favorite pizza place while we work. It won’t be long until you’re enjoying home cooked Iowa meals in your brand new kitchen!

in-progress kitchen renovation

Getting the Most Out of Your Kitchen Remodel

If you are planning on embarking on a kitchen remodel, it is important to keep the end goal in mind. While your kitchen will be out of commission for a little while, just think how nice it will be when you can start enjoying the kitchen of your dreams!

If you think you’re ready to get started with your kitchen remodel, call HomeWorx at 515-850-7501 for a free consultation today!