3 Steps to an Easier Kitchen Remodel


Below are some steps to help you get started on a kitchen update and make the most of your remodel.

Before you begin your project, follow these three easy beginning steps: 

1. Identify what your kitchen is lacking  

Are your cabinets rickety? Are your countertop covered in scratches? Did your freezer stop freezing? If these are some issues in your kitchen, you have some functional updates. But if you’re not agreeing with the vibe or flow of your kitchen, your updates are stylistic.

2. Determine what will satisfy your needs

If after the first step you determined that you’re looking for stylistic makeover, it's time to figure out the style that fits you. Take the time to find a look that makes you feel at home. Inspiration can be found on sites like Pinterest or by watching home renovation shows.

If you are leaning more towards a functional remodel, start looking at what needs to be replaced. Do a quick walk around the kitchen and check to see what’s working and what’s not.

3. Start planning specifics

You’ve determined the root of your problem, now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty.  This is when you assess your budget and based on that, design your dream kitchen. Consider what needs to be replaced and how your remodel will ultimately impact your house’s resale value.

Below are some quick questions to consider when designing your remodel:

  • Should I hire a contractor or do this project myself?

If you're not experienced in demolition or contract work or have more interest in the design aspect of a remodel, consider hiring a contractor. When looking for contractors get several quotes and ask for an estimated project start and end date. Make sure your contractor includes a guarantee to clean up debris as well as a warranty on their work in case anything needs fixed. Payment is something else to think about. Do you want someone who will set up a payment plan or would you rather pay in a couple large chunks? 

If you are looking to fully remodel your kitchen, it's a good idea to hire a contractor. They have the expertise to get the project done safely and know the right people to get the work done correctly. Before you dive in, remember that a complete remodel is not a weekend project.  It can take weeks or even months to complete. Be careful who you choose to work with and save yourself some trouble in the long run by doing plenty of research to read reviews and find out what past customers have to say about them.

  • What Appliances should you replace?

The chart below shows the average number of years your appliances last.


Average Years

Trash Compactor


Electric Dryer


Gas Dryer




Garbage Disposal






Electric Range


Gas Range


Standard Refrigerator


Washing Machine


Shop around to find the best option for you. Did you know that a new refrigerator can save you money on your electric bill? Look at something that will not only last, but can save you money on your energy bill and add value to your home. 

  • What about countertops?

If you are an avid cooker, then you need lots of counter space. A popular kitchen trend is granite counter-tops, but they can be very expensive. Soapstone is a great alternative because it’s durable but has a more economical price tag than granite. Some less expensive options are materials like laminate, tile and butcher block. Counter-tops cost about 10% of your total remodel budget.

Now you have the tips and tricks to start remodeling your kitchen, it's time to think about how you're going to pay for it. Here at Marine Bank we have a couple options to help you finance your remodel. We offer a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit. We understand that a remodel is a rather big project and we are here to help eliminate some of the stress. You can read more in our Home Equity Loans 101 article or you can come talk with our Home Equity expert, Doug Ferguson.

Written By: Michelle Graven

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