Kitchen Remodeling: What to Keep and What to Replace


Let’s say that you’re getting ready to remodel your kitchen, but your cabinets are still in great shape. Or maybe your backsplash is less than a year old, so you really don’t want to lose it. Whatever part of your existing kitchen that you still love can usually be kept, even if it needs to be moved as part of the remodeling process. Let’s look at some real advice from others who have remodeled their kitchen with great results.

  • Hardware: Hardware is one of those finishing touches that make a big visual impact on the finished kitchen. If you’ve recently replaced your hardware or if you have custom hardware that you just can’t let go of, please feel free to keep it. We’ll help you design your kitchen around this focal point. Otherwise, let’s find some amazing hardware to go with the new kitchen!

  • Cabinets: Your wood cabinets can be painted or sanded down and refinished. Painting them provides a nice, uniform appearance where sanding them to refinish gives you the opportunity to keep that wood grain you love. Cabinets are one of the items that may cost a good amount if they need to be replaced. So if you love your cabinets, refinish them, and allocate the funds to other areas. 

  • Appliances: Most remodeling projects include new appliances. It’s not a written rule of course, but it’s just the way things usually go. Choose appliances that work well with the way you use your kitchen. You may need that 6-burner, double-oven range if you do a lot of cooking or if you host a lot of parties. On the other hand, if you rarely cook because of your busy lifestyle, a simple 4-burner range with oven is an excellent addition. The bottom line is - don’t let yourself be pulled into the appliance war by all the pretty bells and whistles that you aren’t really going to make use of in the long run.

  • Countertop: This is where most homeowners want to put a good chunk of the budget. The cabinets and countertops are the primary things visitors see, and the most-used spaces in the kitchen. Take the opportunity to look at several types of countertop materials so you can make a well-informed decision when the time comes. 

  • Drawers: Change some of your base cabinets for drawers. Cabinets make storing pots and pans awkward. Deep drawers are absolutely the way to go with base cabinets, because you use the entire drawer, not just a portion of it like you would with the cabinet. 

  • Range Hood: Customize it. It really doesn’t cost much more to customize the range hood. You can create a range hood that looks like just another cabinet, or one that stands out from the rest of the kitchen, effectively creating a focal point. It’s entirely up to you, but don’t settle for a plain run-of-the-mill range hood.

How Can We Help You?

Give us a call if you’re in Cape Cod or the surrounding areas. We’ll help you make the tough decisions during your kitchen remodeling project. We will also work with you to design a kitchen that works well with that item you just don’t want to lose.