Basic Steps to Design and
Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

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Common Kitchen Remodeling Goals & Priorities

Making the right kitchen renovations will open the door to many advantages. The first step to any successful kitchen remodeling project is to figure out what you hope to achieve and decide which of these benefits are most important to you. Your kitchen design consultant will do their best to improve every aspect of your kitchen, but it still helps to have an idea of what where you are willing to compromise first.


Set a fixed budget and prioritize the work you want done. Try to find the materials you want at overstock supply stores and discount outlets, instead of buying them from your kitchen contractor. If there is still some overflow, you’ll need to adjust your scope of work until your project is within your price range or increase your budget.


Update your kitchen with the latest design trends, styles, colors, and materials.

Storage & Organization

Replace or install new cabinets and shelving. Install an island, pantry or slide-out spice rack.

Convenience & Functionality

Use low maintenance countertops and flooring. Make the best use of space for cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. Install built in appliances.

Return on Investment

Increase the resale value of your home before it goes on the market. Make minimal strategic improvements that will get the best bang for your buck.


Change your current floor plan, wall construction or removal, move plumbing, electrical, or HVAC, extend cabinets and countertops, and add or remove an island, bar, pantry or seating.

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Meet With Your Dedicated
IRC Kitchen Design Consultant

IRC is proud to provide complimentary consulting services. Your free consultation includes:

  • Kitchen Measurements
  • Kitchen Design Ideas
  • 3D Renderings
  • Written Kitchen Remodeling Estimate

Local Kitchen Contractors With Your Family in Mind

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. In that light, it seems pretty important to find the right kitchen remodeling company to help with all steps of the process. Our kitchen consultants are prepared to recommend trendy ideas and share our extensive industry expertise. We provide only the highest quality materials and workmanship to ensure your new kitchen is as beautiful as possible.

modern kitchen remodel with open floor plan, kitchen island installation and kitchen cabinet installation

Kitchen Remodeling Services that Raise the Bar

Each homeowner has different styles and tastes. Also, every space is different. We work with you to design your dream kitchen with respect to your budget and timeline. These are some of the kitchen remodel services we provide our clients:

  • Professional kitchen design
  • Wood, laminate and tile flooring installation
  • Kitchen cabinet installation and refacing
  • Kitchen countertop installation
  • Kitchen island installation
  • Kitchen backsplash installation
  • Built in kitchen appliances
  • Updated lighting and fixtures
  • Wall removal and construction

Looking for kitchen design inspiration? Check out our Top 10 Kitchen Trends and Colors for 2021!

Kitchen Renovation FAQs

Is remodeling a kitchen worth it?

Generally, a kitchen remodel will give you the highest return on investment out of all your renovation options. Homeowners often recoup more than 50% of their kitchen renovation costs.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Hands down, the cost of kitchen cabinets will take up the largest majority of your kitchen remodeling budget. Your second highest expense will almost always be appliances, if you choose to replace them. After that, it’s a toss up between labor, countertops, and flooring, depending on which materials you choose.

Does kitchen remodeling require a permit?

The answer to this question varies by what city you live in and what work you are getting done. While plumbing and electrical work almost always require a permit, cosmetic updates such as painting, upgrading cabinetry, and redoing the floors do not. Many cities require permits to remove, add or replace walls, windows and doors as well. If you choose to hire a professional kitchen remodeling contractor, they should know what permits are required and obtain them on your behalf. If you are doing the project yourself, you can contact your municipal office for permit requirements.

Save on Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Appliances & More!

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Affordable Pre-Owned Kitchen Appliances in Peoria IL

If you plan to repair or replace your appliances during your kitchen remodel, check out Central Illinois Appliances. They have very modest pricing on a rotating inventory of refurbished, brand name ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, and built in kitchen appliances. This local used appliance store is family owned and operated by two talented and hardworking brothers.

Discount Kitchen Countertops & Cabinets in Peoria IL

Labor is only a fraction of the cost on the estimates you receive from kitchen remodeling companies. Whether you want to save some money or you enjoy the “nesting” process of shopping and choosing your own materials, we suggest browsing the isles of Builder’s Warehouse. You can find some really great deals on quality kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops, kitchen islands, new sinks and faucets, all kinds of flooring.