A major kitchen remodel is a huge undertaking. But it's also one that will pay for itself over time, with added value to your house and a new design that really fits your family's lifestyle. Be aware that the remodeling process will take time and be disruptive. After months of planning, a host of people (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, tile setters, and so forth) will descend on your house daily until the job is done. Knowing what to expect—and when it will happen—will help you cope with what can be a stressful few months.