Challenges to Expect in a Kitchen Remodeling Project for Your Home


Planning a kitchen remodeling project for your Chicago home? Perhaps no other home improvement can be more profitable and beneficial. The road ahead, however, will not always be easy. There will be inconveniences and even an unwanted surprise or two.


Here’s a look at some rather unpleasant things you will probably experience in the course of the remodel and what you can do to minimize their effects.

Kitchen remodels are messy and noisy.

Any construction work comes with plenty of noise, mess, and debris. In addition, workers will track through your home for weeks.


The best way to deal with this is to find a place where you can live temporarily while the renovation is going on. If this is not possible, ask your contractor if they can recommend ways to minimize the disruption. Perhaps they can erect a temporary, preferably soundproof wall to contain the noise and the mess to the area under construction.


If possible, provide a separate entrance for the contractors. If you work from home, set up a work area far from the kitchen and have noise cancelling headphones handy.


Dust is also inevitable in any construction work. Today contractors have many options like Zip-Wall to zone off construction areas.  Plus, there are many types of floor protectors as well.

Be prepared to compromise on some of your kitchen renovation plans.

You may have been dreaming of top-of-the-line finishes, like granite countertops or hardwood cabinets. If they’re priced well above your budget, though, you might just have to settle for something less expensive but will still do the job, such as less expensive hardwood/fiberboard mix cabinets or a more affordable countertop.


You might find the need to spend more in order to get more. Some materials may be more expensive, but will give you plenty of savings in the long run because of their durability. Before the actual work begins, make sure to thresh out as much of these details as possible with your contractor to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Expect changes during your kitchen remodeling project.

Even the best laid out plans will need some changes. Careful preparations can help minimize these, but in most home renovation projects, deviations from the original plans are inevitable. You might suddenly want a different finish from what you originally planned, or a structural problem might require some adjustments. It’s hard to predict what could happen until you’re already deep in the work.


Therefore, it’s always wise to set aside an allowance of 10% to 20% of your budget. When it comes time to decide on a change, weigh the potential benefits versus any additional cost, and decide based on that. Consult your contractor about the best viable option and assess quality versus cost. It might make sense to simply lay down the foundation now for a more expensive renovation in the future, or to go ahead and make all your desired changes in one go.


The right contractor will be supportive of your preferences and provide you with the needed guidance to make your kitchen renovation a success despite the challenges.