The kitchen is arguably the most important area of the home. It’s where you eat, cook, study and congregate on a daily basis. It also often occupies a central position in the floor plan of the home, making its design and finish even more important.
So naturally, most homeowners will consider kitchen renovations at some point, whether to improve the workflow, enhance the aesthetic appearance, or both. The question is, which kitchen projects can you take on yourself? Which ones should you leave to the professionals?
The answer isn’t the same for everyone, but answering a two key questions can help you decide which way to go on a kitchen renovation.
How extensive is your project?
If you’re talking about a laminate around your kitchen island, painting the walls, installing new knobs on the cabinets or putting in a new faucet, you might find the DIY route to be satisfying and relatively stress-free. With the number of home stores around, and the quantity of DIY instructional videos available online, it’s often possible to achieve good results on minor projects without professional help.
But as with any home renovation, it’s easy to tackle a kitchen project and get in over your head. Sink installation, flooring, cabinetry, lighting and countertops are all examples of renovations that often turn into DIY nightmares. The problem is, things don’t always go as planned. Mistakes are made, one thing leads to another, and before you know it, the kitchen is out of commission for weeks on end. Even if everything does go relatively the well, the final results might not be up to a professional standard.
How skilled are you?
Not every DIYer is created equal. You may have dozens of big projects under your belt. You may even have experience as a professional contractor. If this is the case, you might well be able to tackle some of the bigger projects on your own.
If you’re less experienced, it’s a good idea to gain experience with smaller projects before working your way up to more significant renovations. It’s also worth considering the time and stress involved in a successful kitchen remodel. Most homeowners like the idea of completing renovations on their own, but the resources involved (time, money and energy) are too great. That’s where professional kitchen remodeling comes in. Qualified professionals are able to give accurate estimates on both budget and time, and the results are generally guaranteed under contract. This frees you up to focus on the renovations you want, rather than whether you’ll be able to realize them on your own.
Making the right choice for your kitchen
As you can see, the question of DIY versus professional kitchen remodeling depends on exactly what you want to achieve with your kitchen remodeling project, and how experienced a renovator you are. There are many small kitchen remodeling projects that experienced DIYers will find both satisfying and productive. However, when you start talking about major remodeling work, the quality of the final results—as well as the time, stress and money involved—must be considered carefully.
Good luck and happy remodeling! Please feel free to leave you thoughts below.