How to Finish Your Kitchen Remodel – Jon Hilgenberg

We are finally headed home!! Ready to wrap up your kitchen remodel?!

I know you want this kitchen remodel to be over with. We have already set a schedule, got your project on everyone’s calendar, and your kitchen renovation has started.


You have a few more questions. And you’re probably wondering, “How do I get all of these people out my house and get my kitchen back?!”.

Maybe your contract was a little vague. Maybe your contractor is not as involved as you would have hoped. Maybe you’re DIY’ing this thing and you’re in over your head. Maybe you’re 95% done, and wondering how to complete that final punch list.

“Change order!? Again! How much?! Why didn’t you tell me that?!” – You

“A design is nothing without implementation.” – Jon Hilgenberg

This conversation I had with Jon Hilgenberg is for you.

Jon is a kitchen pro. He’s been involved in hundreds of kitchen remodels and new construction projects. He currently designs and installs custom cabinetry in the Charleston, South Carolina area. He knows exactly what it takes to pull off a successful kitchen remodel project.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why design and installation go hand in hand
  • How to think “value” and not “cost”
  • The importance of starting with the end in mind
  • How to slow down, to speed up
  • Communication with your installer is key
  • Why installers need to make their calls outside!
  • What to do if your kitchen arrives in the wrong color
  • Factory vs. Shop cabinet finishes
  • How to clean your cabinets

Big thank you to Jon for his excellent advice and tips.

Make sure you check out Jon’s daily cabinet installation Instagram stories @JCHCabinets. He is very generous with his time and he enjoys teaching his tricks of the trade.

I know you’ll enjoy Step 12 of 12! We’re done with Season 1.

We’ve officially completed a successful kitchen remodel…….Bon appetite!

About the author, Scott

Scott D. Riley is an entrepreneur and world class kitchen designer, married to a Superduper model, has two unbelievably perfect children, and lives in a mid-century modern beach side home in Florida.

Well, not exactly. Scott is a kitchen designer, married to his junior high school sweetheart, has two crazy kiddos, and lives mainland in Rockledge, FL.

His mission is to help you successfully remodel your kitchen. He gives unbiased, practical information through his website, podcast, and videos.

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