When the heat of the summer is in full force, it’s easy to be longing for the inevitable cool weather of the autumn. Aside from the weather, the autumn means holidays like Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and if you want to have a new kitchen to help celebrate and gather around for the big feast, you need to start planning that project now.

An Update vs. A Remodel

First, you’ll have to decide what you want to do with the kitchen; an update or a remodel. An update can be looked at as updating kitchen surfaces like counter tops, flooring, and replacing the cabinets. The project itself is smaller in size and could only take weeks to a couple of months to complete. A full remodel is larger in the scope of work and gets into the function of the kitchen. This often involves rearranging the layout, updating of mechanical systems such as plumbing and electrical, possibly removing walls to create an open concept, or expanding the square footage of the space. A remodel could take double the time to design and complete with a larger budget.

Planning The Project


Whether it’s an update or remodel, both have different levels of planning that need to be executed. With a kitchen update, the decisions are less complex and mainly involve the aesthetics of the kitchen like picking out colors and material selections.

Kitchen remodels require more extensive planning. This is one of the reasons why the project takes longer to complete; floor plans, architectural drawings, and 3D renderings all need to be completed. And while this extends the timeline of the project, it’s necessary for the client to be able to visualize the new kitchen and understand how everything is going to fit and function together. This extensive planning also significantly lessens the chance for change orders or unexpected problems to occur, which would otherwise bump out the timeline and increase the project’s cost.

If it’s a kitchen update or a full-blown remodel, you’ll want to put your trust in a company that is able to effectively and efficiently handle your project so it’s finished in time for your family and friends to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving meal. With more than 70 years in St. Louis remodeling, Mosby Building Arts values giving you the truth upfront, which means accurate estimates and project timelines. We have experienced designers and a licensed architect that can take your ideas and develop them into real concepts that you can see. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 314-909-1800, or contact us here.