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The Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Checklist

By Kitchens

The heart of every home is the kitchen. It’s the place where meals are prepared, where homework is done, where morning talks happen, and where friends and family inevitably gather during every event and holiday. That’s why your kitchen should be comfortable and functional, spacious, and show off your personality.

A kitchen renovation can be overwhelming, but with the right planning and preparation, and professional work from Aspire Construction, remodeling the kitchen in your home can be an exciting experience that leaves you with a dazzling new space. Read on for the ultimate kitchen renovation checklist that will help you stay on track and sane during the remodeling process, ensuring your kitchen renovation is a huge success.

First Things First. 

Unless you have experience with home construction and renovation, leave your kitchen renovation project to the professionals. Hire the team at Aspire Construction to help with your kitchen renovation, they are licensed, and experienced-having completed several kitchen renovations in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas.

Determine your Budget. 

Depending on your kitchen remodeling dreams, the cost of a kitchen remodel can vary greatly. Knowing how much you have to spend on the project before you start is important. A budget also helps you to stay focused on what is most important to you with regard to the remodel. You will need to consider the cost of materials as well as labor, finishes, and necessary permits, you should also pad your costs for unexpected or unforeseen expenses.

Design your Kitchen. 

Every great kitchen needs to have a well-functioning layout, it should utilize space efficiently, and of course, it should have a warm and inviting feel. Designing your kitchen includes deciding on a layout and floorplan of the space, the style of cabinets, countertops, and appliances. Not to mention colors, finishes, and hardware. You may consider hiring a professional interior designer to help with kitchen remodel ideas and keep track of all the design aspects related to your project.

Choose Appliances. 

One of the most eye-catching features of your kitchen is the appliances. Are looking for high-end, chef-rated, or energy-efficient options? There is a wide variety of appliances in a range of colors and finishes available for homeowners, you will also want to consider the size and where it will be placed in your new kitchen.

Choose Cabinets and Countertops. 

Cabinets and countertops are a crucial aspect of your kitchen, they are the first thing everyone will notice and should show off your home style and your personal taste. You will want to consider the materials, durability, and aesthetics. Do you want wood or laminate cabinets? Do you prefer marble or quartz countertops? There are many options to consider, this is where having a budget can help with the decision-making process.

Choose Kitchen Floors. 

It’s a good idea to think about kitchen flooring that can withstand traffic, spills, and wear and tear. Think durable and easy to clean. Popular choices for kitchen flooring include natural hardwood, laminate flooring, or tile. There are plenty of options that will fit within your price range and style.

Plan Lighting and Electrical. 

Proper lighting and planning for electrical is a big part of a kitchen renovation. Adding lighting or moving lighting is common during a renovation so that the kitchen is well-lit, so it’s important that you plan for more power outlets to accommodate for the changes and additional electrical needs.

Obtaining Permits. 

Before any kitchen renovations can begin your contractor will need to submit a request for a building permit from the city or local government agency.  Work can only begin once the permit has been obtained and posted at the job site.

Prep the Kitchen Area. 

Prepping your space for renovation includes moving out all the old appliances, furniture, and kitchenware, as well as covering surfaces to protect them from dust and debris. You may consider sectioning off the kitchen with plastic in an effort to keep dust and dirt from making its way into the rest of the house.

Let Renovations Begin. 

Now that your budget is in place and all the prep work and planning have been taken care of, it’s time to start your remodel. The Aspire Construction team will walk you through every step of the renovation process and communicate with you from start to finish.

A kitchen remodel can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared for the task. By following the planning and preparations in this checklist, you will know how to renovate a kitchen like a pro, leaving you with the kitchen of your dreams. 

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Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes When Renovating Your Kitchen

By Kitchens, Residential

Undergoing a kitchen renovation is an investment that will last many years. It can even increase the value of your home. Many homeowners dream of the day when they can completely redo their kitchen. If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, the most important thing you can do is begin the planning process before doing anything else. Planning will ensure that you’re completely prepared before you start the project. It’ll also help you avoid frequent mistakes that can cause serious headaches later. Here are some common kitchen remodel mistakes and what you can do to prevent them.

Plan Ahead and Avoid These 10 Kitchen Renovation Mishaps

  • Failing to add the “triangle”

In kitchens, the “triangle” refers to the 3-point connection between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. These three major appliances are the most used in the kitchen, so you’ll want to design your kitchen, so these three main areas are no more than a few feet away from each other. Incorporating the “triangle” helps to ensure that your kitchen has a functional layout.

  • Designing aisles that are too narrow

Many things need to fit in a kitchen, including people and appliances. Not planning enough space for the aisles can make it difficult for multiple cooks to be in the kitchen simultaneously. When designing your new space, ensure that all spaces between walls, islands, and appliances are between 42-48 inches wide. 

  • Not planning for enough clearance

Kitchens are full of appliances, and they’ve got to fit in different spaces throughout the room. For example, you’ll likely have appliances such as coffee makers, air fryers, or stand mixers on your countertops. Make sure you allow enough height between the counter and the bottom of the upper cabinets to fit any appliances you may want to leave on the counter. Most people allow for 18-20 inches for this space.

  • DIY cabinet painting

Painting kitchen cabinets is an expensive process, so many people try to DIY this step. Keep in consideration that a kitchen renovation is an opportunity to rethink the layout of the kitchen. For example, is it beneficial to change the layout of your kitchen? Do you want to upgrade the doors on your cabinets? If you’re fine with the current design and style of cabinets, consider hiring professionals to help you paint to ensure it’s done correctly.

  • Not planning for enough storage

It’s easy to overlook planning for kitchen storage spaces while you’re in the middle of picking cabinet designs and countertops. Add creative storage areas to keep items tidy and organized when planning your space. Adding under-counter storage on your island or a small cabinet can give you a place to stash things that might not otherwise have a home. 

  • Relying too much on trends

Many of us want a kitchen that looks trendy and modern, but many experts caution against being too trendy with kitchen design. In many cases, trends come and go quickly. Large elements in the kitchen, such as countertops and cabinets, should be more of a timeless style, while light fixtures, backsplashes, and cabinet hardware can be the trendy element in the kitchen.

  • Removing counter space

If you’re completely renovating your kitchen with a new design, ensure you add enough countertop space. You’ll want at least the same countertop space you had before and more, if possible. Extending the countertop is possible using corbels or shelving supports which gives you more working area.

  •  Underutilizing your square footage


Have you ever opened the door to an appliance only to have it bump into something else? This annoying mistake can easily be remedied when you plan for enough space for the items in your kitchen. Take into account the direction and size of any doors in the kitchen, including those on cabinets and appliances, so they have enough clearance. Then plan the space accordingly.

  • Underestimating the cost of renovation

Failing to have an accurate budget for the renovation is a common mistake. Before starting your renovation, take the time to research the common cost of flooring, cabinets, accessories, lighting, cabinets, and appliances. Doing the research will give you a better idea of how much you should include in the budget. Then, give yourself a little wiggle room for extras. It’s common to recommend about a 15 to 20 percent contingency. 

  • Not consulting a professional

While it’s common to think you can DIY a kitchen remodel, consider consulting a professional before beginning the project. Hiring a professional to design your kitchen plans, fine-tune any details, or even complete the renovation will save you time. They’ll also have expert advice and offer ideas you may not have already considered.

Skip the Headaches by Hiring the Pros

Anyone who has undergone a kitchen remodel understands all the time and work that goes into the process. When you hire a professional, you’ll not only speed up the process of the remodel, but you’ll make the most of your renovation. You’ll be able to focus on other aspects of your life instead of putting a lot of time and energy into the remodel. In addition, you’ll have the assurance that the work has been done correctly, avoiding further potential headaches in the future. 

We’re Salt Lake City’s #1 Kitchen Remodeling Company

At Aspire, we know that the kitchen is the heart of your home. Let us create an efficient and beautiful kitchen that you’ll be proud of and excited to use for years. We focus on creating a functional kitchen layout, utilizing space efficiently, and creating a stunning appearance that will welcome your friends and family. To get started on your kitchen remodel in Utah, contact Aspire Construction today.

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How to Choose Timeless Finishes for Your Kitchen Renovation

By Kitchens

Tackling a kitchen renovation is an exciting task, but it can be quite an undertaking for a few reasons. One of the biggest challenges is all the decisions that need to be made. For example, what kind of kitchen cabinets do you want? Do you want to change the layout in the kitchen or keep it the same? Would you prefer something more modern or something more traditional? There is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when planning a new kitchen.

One of the wisest choices when undertaking a kitchen remodel in Utah is to future-proof your kitchen. In other words, no one wants to make their kitchen look like a time capsule after a few years. Leaning heavily into what’s trendy now will guarantee your kitchen looks dated in just a few short years. However, incorporating timeless finishes will help your kitchen look beautiful and classic for years to come. At Aspire, we are experts in kitchen renovation in Salt Lake City and beyond. Here are some of our suggestions about how to create a truly timeless look for your new kitchen renovation.

Go Timeless with Your Kitchen Renovation for Greater ROI

Did you know that the average homeowner undergoes a kitchen renovation every 10 to 15 years? Upgrading your kitchen allows you to make the space more functional and inviting while increasing aesthetics. A kitchen remodel is one of the smartest investments to make for the return on investment, with the average ROI being around 80%.

While there are many decorating styles and trends to choose from, deciding to incorporate a timeless kitchen design will ensure that your kitchen will outlast any fads and be beautiful for you and potential homebuyers when it comes time to sell. After renovating countless kitchens in Utah, we’ve seen that timeless finishes help you enjoy your kitchen for longer; it’s why we always recommend you choose colors, materials, and fixtures carefully! Read on for suggestions about how to incorporate timeless finishes into your kitchen remodel. 

Classic Selections for Your Utah Kitchen Remodel

It’s easy to get caught up in current trends. After all, they’re beautiful and unique. But if you’re planning a kitchen remodel in Utah, try focusing on design and fixtures that will look great long term.


Choosing high-quality countertops may cost more upfront, but they will stand the test of time in the kitchen. Natural stones such as Marble, travertine, granite, and soapstone countertops are all classic, timeless options. Quartz and natural wood butcher blocks can also look beautiful in the kitchen. While there are many colors and patterns for each type of countertop, avoid busy designs. Stick with neutral colors with minimal designs.


Kitchen cabinetry trends come and go, but luckily, there are plenty of kitchen cabinet styles and colors that stand the test of time. Choosing cabinets made of natural materials in neutral colors, such as white cabinets or natural wood cabinets, keep your kitchen looking classic and fresh. Shaker-style cabinets are one of the most timeless cabinet styles, which is why you’ll see them in many kitchens. They’re also versatile and fit into many kitchen designs. 

Fixtures and finishes

Light fixtures and finishes such as cabinet knobs are simple, easy ways to make a compelling statement in the kitchen. They’re also often the easiest to swap out. So while there are timeless fixture finishes, such as stainless steel, chrome, or brass, it’s safe to choose fixtures and finishes that are a little more trendy. They’ll still look great for years, and they’re easy to swap out if you want a quick refresh. 


There are plenty of beautiful appliances out there, but not all are timeless. Stainless steel appliances always look great and will look stunning for many years to come. Or, consider splurging on panel-ready appliances, which blend seamlessly with your cabinetry and obscure “trendy” appliances. 

Accessories and more

Here’s your chance to bring some fun personality to the kitchen. Art, textiles, and kitchen accessories help express your individuality while making your kitchen beautiful. Add some of your favorite photographs, and kitchen-themed vintage finds. Adding accessories that have value and personal meaning will always be timeless in a kitchen.

Contact Aspire Construction for the Highest Quality Salt Lake City Kitchen Remodeling

For your Salt Lake City kitchen remodel, trust Aspire Construction. Let us help you create a kitchen that will be a welcoming space for all of your family memories for years to come. Not only do we help you create a kitchen that utilizes space and resources efficiently, we’ll create a welcoming appearance that will make everyone feel at home. We are a general contractor who offers kitchen remodeling in Salt Lake City and many cities across Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Davis County. Contact us today to get started on your dream kitchen remodel in Utah.