Thanks to my friend Allison Barnes for the post!
When it was time to remodel our kitchen, we almost didn't do it because of all the horror stories we had heard. I finally told my husband we were doing it no matter what. We did a lot of the demo work ourselves. We took off the old counter tops and removed all the appliances and cabinets. My husband has plumbing and electrical experience, so we saved money with him doing a lot of the work. Once the demo was done we did have to call in the pros, and ended up getting a whole kitchen remodel from Sears.
The cabinets did a wonderful job, and it didn't take long at all. They said it went fast because we had done the hard part. We chose very simple cabinets; they call it the Amish style. There were very reasonably priced, which meant we were able to splurge a little on the counter tops. We didn't get granite like my husband wanted. I won the argument and we had quartz counter tops installed.
From the day we did the demo, until the day the project was completed, was exactly 6 weeks. The contractors we used said it would have taken about 8 weeks if they had to do all the demo and electrical work themselves. Doing some of the work yourself does pay off! It did in our case. We lover our new kitchen, and we are glad we did the remodel.