There are so many benefits to completing home remodeling projects, but none of them are as amazing as the ones that you will get when you remodel your kitchen. There are many ways that you can tackle this type of job, whether it is on your own, with a contractor, or a little bit of both. However, no matter which option you choose, you are going to need to know the steps to get through it without too many headaches and as little stress as possible.
Here is your step-by-step kitchen remodeling overview:
Determine Your Needs, Your Wishes, and Your Resources
You may be wondering why there are three different items listed in step one, and it is because things that you need are quite different from those things that you want or wish for, and your resources may only allow you to do certain improvements instead of all of them. The things that you need in your kitchen are things like more space to cook or more storage. All your wishes are things like a second dishwasher, multiple ovens, and anything that is going to turn this space into your ultimate dream kitchen. Of course, your current resources may squash all your wishes, but if you are determined, you may still find a way to incorporate some of them.
Create Your Design and Plan the Work
The first thing that you will need to do is create the design for your remodeled kitchen space. Since no one ever really wants to re-create the wheel, you will most likely be going with a one wall, corridor, L-shape, double L-shape, or U-shape design. The design can be completed using special software, a book filled with design packages, a kitchen designer, or even a contractor. Once you have the design figured out, you can begin making your plans.
Choosing a Contractor
Unless you have been doing construction for years, you may find that this entire remodeling project will be much easier if you hire a contractor. They have the experience and knowledge needed to ensure that the remodel is done properly and in the timeframe that you require. This is also the time to apply for all your building permits, and contractors can be a huge help with that, as they can submit the designs and work through all the red tape.
Make Preparations to Live without Your Kitchen
A kitchen remodel is going to be messy and you are going to need to learn how to live without your kitchen for the duration of the work. Some people may move out for the entire time, but you can also create a smaller kitchen in another area of your home. This area can include a microwave, crockpot, and even a hot plate. We recommend stocking up on paper plates, disposable cups, and disposable silverware so that you do not need to go through the struggle of trying to do too many dishes each day.
Prepare for Demo Day
Demolition day is going to be loud and quite disruptive, so while you may think that you want to be around to see the magic happen, you are probably going to be better off leaving! Of course, you can tackle this part on your own, if you don’t mind the mess and the noise, and you can guarantee that you won’t break things that you are supposed to be keeping.
Structural Build Out
There is sometimes a structural component to kitchen remodels, which means that you may need to be prepared for those as well. This could entail removing some items from an adjoining room, so that nothing gets ruined during the remodel.
Tackle all the Plumbing, Wiring, and HVAC
Your kitchen is not going to be too useful unless you include all the plumbing, wiring, and HVAC that you need. This is not the time to be all DIY, as many of these items require professionals to ensure that they are done correctly. Of course, this will all be easy if you do not move any of the existing appliances or plumbing fixtures, because then you won’t need to do anything extra.
Walls and Ceiling
This is the time for installing any new drywall and then paint can be applied. You can also choose to wallpaper the walls or add other features like backsplash. However, please do not attempt doing the backsplash until the cabinets and appliances are in place.
This is the last main step before you begin installing cabinets, countertops, appliances, and other fixtures. There are numerous choices for flooring including vinyl, laminate, wood, and tiles.
Finally! The Rebuild
Once you have finished the above nine steps during your kitchen remodel, it will be time to install your cabinets and put the countertops in place. Then you can put your appliances where they belong, install your fixtures and other hardware, and install your backsplash.
Then it will finally be time to have everything inspected and finish the last few small things on your list before you can finally move everything in and use the kitchen of your dreams!