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The Pittsburgh Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

September 01, 2018 | Regis McQuaide

Hayes_afterPS-11031-2The last thing you want is a case of the “what ifs” after installing new kitchen cabinets in your Shadyside home or completing a Squirrel Hill kitchen remodel. Luckily, you can avoid second-guessing your decisions by creating a checklist before you start your interior home remodeling project. Here are few questions you’ll want to ask yourself when contemplating changes to your kitchen.

Room Size

Are you happy with size of your kitchen or do you dream of a much larger space? Can you borrow some square footage from an adjoining room, or will you need to add an addition to your home. What about the floor plan? Do you want to tear down a few walls during the remodel to create an open floor plan, or do you prefer a little separation between the kitchen and the rest of the first floor?

Kitchen Cabinets

What material, style and color do you want? Do you prefer semi-custom cabinets or custom cabinets? Are you willing to wait a few months for custom cabinets? Do you want your cabinets to extend to the ceiling? How do you feel about open shelving?


Do you prefer double basin sinks or one large kitchen sink? What type of sink do you like: drop-in, undermount, farmhouse, integrated, self-rimming, etc.? Do you prefer a granite, stainless steel, copper, native stone, cast iron or fireclay sink? Would you like to include a bar sink? Will your sink be located in an island?

Countertops and Backsplashes

Have you thought about countertop and backsplash materials? Although granite has begun to wane in popularity, it’s still the preferred choice of many homeowners. Other countertop choices include solid surface, quartz, soapstone, butcher block, glass, stainless steel and concrete. Do you want your countertop and backsplash materials to match?


Would you like to add an island to your remodeled kitchen? How large? Will it offer seating? Do you plan to add a sink, cooktop or dishwasher to the island? Will the island be covered with the same material as the kitchen counters?


Do you want a pantry in a separate room or would you prefer a pantry cabinet in the kitchen? How large is your ideal pantry?


Do you have certain appliances in mind, such as a refrigerator in a retro color or a professional-grade range? Do you prefer appliances that can be controlled remotely from your phone? Could you use an extra dishwasher or refrigerator? Do you want to make your appliances disappear from view by integrating them with your cabinets.

Seating Area

Would you like to add a seating area to the kitchen? How many people should it seat? Should the area offer room for a table and chairs only or also include a couch and upholstered chairs.

Other Features

Have you narrowed down the type of flooring and lighting you want? Do you want to add or expand windows and doors? Have you considered paint colors?

Renovations can be stressful when you attempt to handle all the details yourself. Luckily, Master Remodelers’ team of designers and builders offers expertise and advice that can help you create a kitchen that complements your home and includes all the feature you want. Contact us to discuss your remodeling needs.



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