Overhauling your kitchen entails the need to follow certain steps in order to efficiently complete the project without much hitch. You need to familiarize yourself with the different steps of kitchen remodeling and the logic behind their order whether you’re doing the remodeling yourself or hiring a contractor.
Doing so will let you adjust your lifestyle accordingly to accommodate the unavailability of your kitchen and keep you on your toes for fast decision-making in times of unexpected events.
Step 1: Designing
The designing stage does not only entail finalizing your kitchen layouts and design. It also involves choosing which exact fixtures, materials, finishes and appliances and ordering them from hardware stores of your choice. Once they all arrive, keep them together in a safe and dry place. Avoid starting the remodeling process without assurance that all of your materials are available.
Step 2: Obtain building permits
Make sure that you know and will follow your area’s building code to avoid future inconveniences and malfunctions in plumbing or electricity.
Step 3: Start the demolition process
Tear out all the old stuff you want to get rid of and dispose of them properly. You can decide to do the demolition yourself to save on labor costs but ask your contractor for tips and techniques to avoid accidentally damaging your kitchen.
Remember to wear proper protective gear if you chose to do your own demolition. Be prepared to be faced with dust and debris. There is also a great possibility that they will spread to other places in your house if you have an open kitchen. Cover your other furniture with plastic to prevent dust from settling on them.
Step 4: The rough-in work and inspection
After the demolition, framing, plumbing and electrical changes can ensue. Don’t rush this stage and make sure to do an inspection to check if everything will work fine. If the work is done correctly, you’ll pass the inspection. But if you didn’t, get ready to fix what went wrong and have the work inspected again until approved.
Be also warned that this stage will come with much noise so if you have a newborn baby or young toddler, schedule a trip to the park or a playdate to get them out of the house.
Step 5: Finish the walls
This stage might involve hanging, taping and finishing drywall. After these, the primer paint will be applied to be followed by your chosen color scheme. Be prepared to take your kids and yourself out of the house to avoid the intense smell of paint during this time.
Step 6: Install new doors and windows.
You’ll need these items installed with the appropriate trimmings. This will enable you to work “finished” dimensions from the edge of the door and window trim and not from the rough opening in the walls when installing the cabinets.
Step 7: Install your new cabinets.
Do hang your wall cabinets first then your base cabinets next as this will be easier and more practical.
Step 8: Install countertops, the sink, and faucet.
Step 9: Install new appliances.
Step 10: Install new light fixtures
Step 11: Add in your new floor.
Experts advice on finishing your floors last to keep them clean.
Now that you now the proper order in which to carry out your kitchen remodeling, you can plan your schedule to complement it and be prepared for possible difficulties that may arise at each stage.