Complete Kitchen Remodel Guide

How to plan your complete kitchen remodel

Make a Plan

First, read these 5 things to consider before remodeling a kitchen. Ask yourself:

  1. How well does your kitchen function now?
  2. How do you use your kitchen?
  3. How much storage do you need?
  4. What kitchen style works for you?
  5. What is your budget?

After you’ve reviewed that list, you’re ready to move into the more difficult stuff.

Create a Budget

The last question on our list ‘What is your budget?’ is a little harder to answer than the others.

How much can you afford to spend? If you are exploring a small remodel with a smaller budget, then you should ensure you have enough in your savings for a hiccup or two.

If a larger remodel, ensure you have enough money to cover the entire project. Maybe you should look into a small home-improvement loan from the bank or opening a credit line with the local Home Improvement store.

Creating your budget is often a daunting task, but it can drive the rest of your project. Knowing how much you can afford to spend will help you narrow your project to an obtainable finished product.

Do Your Research

You’re going to need to do some research to know how much you need to budget for this kind of large project. Look into not just the price of products, but into warranties, return policies, and reviews.

You should also look at how durable the products are. One appliance may be slightly cheaper, but if it is less durable, you may end up spending more money down the road to repair or replace it.

Shop around

Go to local showrooms and hardware stores to look at your options. Set up appointments to speak with sales consultants about your home and needs. You may find that speaking with a professional will help you develop a better grasp on your project.

If you don’t have the time or means to go from store to store you can always shop online. Online product pages like are a convenient and detailed resource when shopping around. Check out Atlantic Millwork and Cabinetry’s E-Showroom to get started.

Cabinets

Cabinets are the center-point of your new kitchen. There are many different styles, colors, and options for your kitchen cabinets. It’s important to have done your research and shop around to know what your taste is.

Consider your space when picking cabinets. Dark cabinets will make a small space feel smaller. While too much white in your space may make your kitchen feel sterile. Some color contrast can be appealing, but make sure your cabinets, flooring, backsplash, and countertops will complement each other.

Choosing Cabinets for your Space

Think about your space.

  • How many cabinets will you need?
  • Do you plan to keep the same floorplan?
  • Do you need a new floorplan?
  • Do you need both upper and lower cabinets?

All of these questions will help you when picking out new cabinets for your kitchen. If you shopped around, you might have an idea about the kind of style you are looking for. Consider your options such as:

  • Quaker style vs. Modern
  • Wood vs Veneer
  • Glass doors or solid panels
  • Color vs stain
  • Finished vs unfinished

Removing old Cabinets

If you are replacing your cabinets with new ones, you’ll need to remove the old cabinets. This is a big project and will create a lot of mess.

Start with wearing the appropriate safety gear. You may want to rent a roll-off dumpster for the project. Factor that cost into your overall budget.

Cabinets are generally screwed into the wall, the floor, the countertop, and to each other. You’ll need to locate all the screws and remove them before attempting to remove the cabinet. This will prevent damage to your floors and walls. You may be able to preserve the cabinets enough to donate them as well.

If this seems like a daunting task, you may want to consider hiring someone to remove the cabinets for you. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry can recommend an experienced contractor to assist with removing old cabinets.

Installing new Cabinets

If you decided to go with all new cabinets, you’re in for a bit more of a job. Consider hiring a contractor to assist you. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry can recommend some excellent contractors to help with removing and installing cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom.

Choosing cabinet hardware

After installing new cabinets, you may be in the market for new hardware. When picking new hardware it’s important to consider the colors or your kitchen, your whole home, and the style of your cabinets.

Traditional cabinets may not look as appealing with modern hardware and vice versa. Also, keep in mind that a kitchen with chrome finishes will clash with brass hardware on the cabinets.

Likewise, a home with outdated or gold-colored door hardware may clash with a chrome kitchen. Consider updating the rest of your home to match your new kitchen. (Slowly, but surely?)

Countertops

Countertops can be a big decision for your kitchen. They work to tie the whole kitchen together in color and in style.

Choosing the right countertops

Like with cabinets, keep in mind the size of your kitchen when choosing countertops. A small kitchen may feel even small with dark countertops. Also, installing granite countertops in a large kitchen will cost much more than a cheaper countertop material.

Consider your family’s lifestyle and needs when choosing a countertop style. Certain countertops are stain-resistant, while others stain easily. Likewise, some countertops are more hygienic compared to others.

Do your research. Some countertop styles include:

  • Quartz
  • Stone
  • Corian
  • Butcher block
  • Meganite
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Laminate

Finding someone to install your countertops

Installing countertop can be a hard job by yourself. Ask for help to ensure that your countertop is installed without any damage. Ask Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry about our trusted contractors for installing kitchen countertops.

Flooring

Flooring is an afterthought for some projects. For others, it is the driving force behind the design decisions. Choosing flooring can be a challenge no matter which category your project falls into.

The first step is deciding which flooring will work best for your space and your family. Hardwood floors are in style right now, but in families with children or in high-traffic kitchens, the hardwood may be quickly damaged.

Knowing your family

We know that hardwood floors throughout your home may be your dream, but that may not be very reasonable. Hardwood floors are especially susceptible to water damage, so putting hardwood floors in a kitchen is not the best idea for families with young children.

Families with older children or couples with no children may be better candidates for hardwood flooring in the kitchen. Bear in mind, water damage can happen to anyone.

High traffic kitchens may also be poor candidates for hardwood flooring. Families that spend a lot of time in their kitchen may want to consider a more durable choice.

Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen

After considering your family and your habits, it’s time to choose the right flooring. If hardwood flooring still sounds like an unbeatable option, you may consider a high-traffic and waterproof laminate alternative. 

Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry now offers a hardwood floor alternative with all the benefits of a strong, waterproof flooring with a wood-looking finish. Our new vinyl flooring Vision Plank Flooring looks great and stands the test of time. Consider vinyl flooring for your kitchen, bathroom, or your entire home for a cohesive hardwood look without the worry.

If a higher price-tag isn’t a concern, look-alike “hardwood” tile may work well for your home.

How to find a flooring installer

Ask Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry for recommendations on reliable flooring contractors in your area. You may also consider asking your peers for suggestions on social media sites like Facebook.

Moulding and Trim

When remodeling the kitchen in an older home, moulding, trim, and millwork are a necessary addition. Moulding and trim add a finishing style that makes your home look more elegant and polished.  Consider purchasing moulding or trim to make your kitchen feel finished.

Choosing Moulding and trim

Choosing the right moulding and trim for your home can be a difficult task no matter how big or small your project is. Consider the size of the moulding you want. Large moulding will appear more elegant, while a simple trim will look perfect in a small kitchen.

Ensure the moulding and trim you pick matches the style of your home. Farm style homes look better with simple trim styles while colonial homes may choose a more complex trim style.

Matching your existing trim

One of the hardest things about including trim in your project is matching the existing trim in your home. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry has you covered. Bring a sample of the trim you want to match, and we will do our best to find a manufacturer with a similar or matching trim pattern.

Can’t find the exact match? Some carpenters will create custom trim for older homes. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry can recommend a carpenter to consult.

Lighting

Lighting can completely transform a kitchen. Learn more about choosing the perfect lighting for your home and new kitchen below.

Choosing lighting fixtures

When choosing lighting for your home, consider the size and style of your kitchen and your home. Large light fixtures can make a small kitchen feel smaller, while a small light fixture can make a large kitchen seem dark.

Farm style kitchens match with iron, bronze, and glass light fixtures while modern kitchens match well with chrome, steel, and some glass light fixtures.

Replacing light fixtures

After picking your new light fixtures, it’s time to install them. The first step is removing the old light fixtures. Ensure the electric is turned off to the light and remove all lightbulbs from the fixture. Unscrew the light from the ceiling, but keep a solid grip on the lighting. Next, disconnect the wiring attaching the light to the ceiling hardware.

When the light is completely detached from the ceiling, place it carefully on a towel or blanket on the floor to avoid any broken pieces.

Next, attach the proper wiring to the new light fixture and screw the fixture to the ceiling. Screw the lightbulbs into the fixture and flip the switch. The light should come on. If it doesn’t, you may need to unscrew the light from the ceiling and check the wiring.

Hiring an electrician

Replacing light fixtures can be dangerous. If you have any hesitations about replacing a light fixture in your home, especially older homes, hire an electrician. Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry can recommend a local electrician for you to partner with, or you can consider crowdsourcing on social media.

The Cherry on Top

Some projects feel incomplete without the cherry on top to tie the kitchen design together. Some additions to consider are wallpaper and backsplash.

Removing Wallpaper

If adding wallpaper to your kitchen is part of your design, you may need to start with removing old wallpaper. To remove wallpaper, combine warm water, liquid detergent, and a handful of cellulose paste and spray generously onto the wallpaper. This will moisten the wallpaper and loosen the glue making scraping the wallpaper off easier.

Choosing backsplash

The backsplash is a final decorative item between your countertop and your cabinets. It will prevent food and water from damaging your walls.

To choose the right backsplash, again consider the size, style, and color of your kitchen. A plain kitchen may look good with a brighter and more decorative backsplash, while a festive kitchen may become overwhelming with a busy backsplash. Also, a small kitchen may feel smaller with a dark or busy backsplash.

Consider also the style and color of your countertops, flooring, and cabinets. Take samples of your colors and materials when picking your backsplash to see how the colors, styles, and textures will look together.

Keep in mind, tile is not your only option for a backsplash. You may also consider glass, aluminum, or stone.

Installing backsplash

When you have chosen the perfect backsplash for your new kitchen, it’s time to install the backsplash. Installation may vary based on the material you chose for your backsplash. Aluminum backsplashes may require only some glue and a few screws, while glass, stone, and tile require grout and tile cement.

You’ll need a level, tile spacers, and patience to complete this part of the process. You may also need a tile cutter to complete your backsplash depending on the style of backsplash you chose.

If installing a backsplash seems overwhelming, you may need to do more research or hire a contractor to complete this part of your kitchen remodel. The backsplash may take a few days to complete depending on the style of your kitchen and backsplash you chose.

Anything Else?

There are always add-ons you can choose for your kitchen that require additional work. If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to ask Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry for help. We can recommend contractors or products for nearly any project including replacing windows, doors, stairs, railings, and more.

Know When to Hire a Professional Contractor

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The most important piece of advice is to know when to hire a professional contractor. Some DIY projects can become incredibly expensive if you don’t know what you are doing.

A contractor can help with the entire process to ensure the project is completed smoothly. We recommend hiring a contractor if your project will involve multiple parts especially replacing cabinets, replacing light fixtures, or moving appliances. Consult Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry for recommendations on local contractors.

Building Aesthetically Beautiful Waterfront Homes

Written by Louise Weston

water front home

Designing an aesthetically beautiful waterfront home starts with considering the house’s placement relative to the water. Having buildings or facilities near the water (like a dock) make the house more convenient for water activities and generally raises its value. On the other hand, having infrastructure that maintains a certain distance from the water means less vulnerability to flooding and saltwater-related wear-and-tear. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

Almost any architectural style will work for waterfront homes. What’s important is how the design of a home takes advantage of the fact that it’s on a picturesque waterfront. In other words: great views are a must. If you don’t have plenty of windows or at least a balcony that’s overlooking the water, what do you need a waterfront home for? There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and peacefully having your morning cup of tea or coffee while seated on a balcony that’s pointed at the coast.

Moving Tips from a Professional Realtor

Author: ErinAnn (Martin) Beebe REALTOR®, CRS®, WCR®, 203k®, Associate-Broker, Certified Home Marketing Specialist®, RE/MAX® Realty Group Rehoboth   

Moving is stressful! Just when you get everything packed, it’s time to unpack and get everything organized in your new place. For many people (me included), the room with the most boxes is always the kitchen.  Take your time and get it right. I promise it will be worth all the effort.

My husband and I purchased our first home together (yay!) in May of 2017. Our new house is full of beautiful kitchen cabinets. I’m even having trouble filling them all.

Before we got married, we both had our own homes full of stuff, sometimes even doubles and triples of things. We both have plenty of moving experience (him five times and me seventeen times). With that many moves between us, we have learned a lot!

Here are some tips we have learned from our many moves that will help make your move a little easier.

Tips for Homeowners: How to Save on Energy Costs

Whether you have a new construction home, previously owned home, or a vintage home – we have several ways for you to reduce your home energy & service costs.

1) Insulate your attic

With an unfinished attic, you want to have insulation in between the ceiling joists. With new construction homes, it is required to have R45 insulation installed. If you are moving into a pre-owned house, look around the attic to make sure the insulation has not been damaged. If so, make sure to replace with new.

ML Jenkins Named General Manager for Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry

ML JenkinsMark Woodruff, President and CEO of Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry and Richard Reed Co-Owner recently named M.L. Jenkins General Manager for the company, which sells and installs building supplies on Delmarva. The company has been in business for more than 25 years with a showroom and warehouse in Lewes, across from Nassau Valley Vineyards, between route 9 and route 1.

M.L. Jenkins a native of Milton graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes back in 1979. M.L. stayed in the local area working for various companies in the building supply industry. Prior to Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry M.L.s experience ranges from building houses as a self-employed contractor, a ten-year career with Nanticoke Homes overseeing their Purchasing Department, and Kitchen and Cabinetry Design at Lowes in Lewes. This year, M.L. celebrates fifteenth years at Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry.

Understanding Condensation in Your Home

Have you ever looked at your window and noticed condensation? Were you alarmed this was a problem with your windows? Then you might be happy to hear windows do not cause condensation.

Under certain conditions, condensation can occur both inside and outside your home but windows do not cause condensation. The source of Condensation, or “sweating,” on windows and mirrors inside a home is caused by humidity, or invisible water vapor, present in virtually all air.

When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface, which is at a temperature below what is called the “dew point,” the vapor turns to visible droplets of liquid or condenses on the cooler surface. This often happens to bathroom mirrors and walls after someone has taken a hot shower.

Condensation can also occur on windows during the winter if the inside humidity level is high enough. When it comes to condensation outside your home, it is simply a fact of nature. Exposed to certain conditions, like a clear night sky, still air, or high relative humidity, the exterior surface of the glass can radiate heat away from your home and into the night air, allowing the glass temperature to fall below the dew point of the ambient air—creating condensation.

Homeowner Tips: How to Maintain Your Hardwood Flooring

For many homeowners, hardwood floors are a must-have: They’re classic, attractive, and add value to the home. But once a homeowner has those hardwood floors, how do they take care of them so they retain as much of that value as possible over the lifespan of the house? 

Know the Enemies of Hardwood Floors 

Once homeowners understand what damages a hardwood floor, they can make sure to protect it. Top enemies of hardwood floors are moisture and scratching. 

It’s smart to develop a policy of mopping up spills as soon as possible before the liquid has time to penetrate the floor. To protect floors in the winter and spring, when shoes may track in snow or water, use a boot tray in the entrance or carefully wipe the feet on a doormat to remove moisture from shoes. 

Protect furniture with felt pads and avoid walking on hardwood floors with high heels (which can damage the wood surface), so that floors will age much better. 

If there are children in the home, provide rugs in play areas so that children do not accidentally damage the wood floors during play. It’s also more comfortable for the little ones this way! 

D.I.Y. or P.A.Y.? When to Hire a Professional for Home Improvements

Home improvement is a big deal for many homeowners – there are always things around the house that can get done or things that become something you hate over time.  From painting to updating furniture, to even adding on to your home, the idea of home improvement has many faces, and sometimes it is hard to tell what you should do yourself, and what you should hire a professional for.  Check out a few of our ideas below!

D.I.Y. Projects

There is a lot around the home that is easy to get done yourself – especially if you just want to give things a little face-lift.  Even doing a pretty big bathroom update can be relatively easy if you learn the way to do everything right!  Today’s information age has made DIY even more feasible than ever before – you can pop online and watch endless videos on how to do something (or how not to do something, if you want a laugh as well as a lesson), and be able to become a pseudo pro in no time.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Did you know over 200 homeless children live in the Cape Henlopen School District?

Did you also know many of these children lack the essential supplies to live a healthy life? Things that most of us take for granted, such as food, a bed, even a pillow or pillowcase to lay our head on at night.

Try and imagine this scenario, every night you go to sleep you lay down on the cold floor or maybe an old couch or in a bed with multiple siblings, with no pillow to rest your head or blanket to keep you warm. That is the reality many of the homeless children in our school district live each and every day.

Did you know you can help change this?

5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling or Building a Kitchen

With the holidays right around the corner what better gift to give you and your family than a kitchen remodel? Americans are increasingly spending more and more time in their kitchens. We cook, eat, entertain, lounge, and even watch TV in our kitchens.

Technology has allowed us to utilize this area of our homes like never before. It is the place where we as families and friends congregate for meals and celebrations. The kitchen has become the focal point of American homes.

A kitchen remodel or design can be one of the biggest and best investments you make in your home. That being said, it can also be one of the most frightening projects to undertake. There are many things to consider during the process.

Do not panic; the experts at Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry have over 50 years of combined experience to help guide you through the process every step of the way. Keep reading to learn what our experts consider the 5 key things to reflect on before remodeling or building a new kitchen.

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