Home remodeling is one of the hardest jobs to do, especially if you’re living in it during the remodel. Remodeling the kitchen is one of the toughest projects to manage. At times, people will go without a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or other parts of the home for months! It can be time consuming, stressful, and out right draining. The one way around the amount of stress a remodel can cause is to know the steps and have everything thought out, planned, and set in stone!
So what’s your first step?
What’s the plan?
When remodeling the kitchen, the very first thing to do is have a plan setup. Decide what improvements you want to make, what materials you’re going to use, when you will do it, your total budget, and all of the other parts of the project. Whether you hire a contractor or do it on your own, you will basically be the project manager for the entire job, unless you hire a project manager to do it all for you. When hiring managers and contractors, things can get pretty expensive, so shop around with quotes and see what deals companies are offering.
Depending on your plans for remodeling the kitchen, these tasks can vary. In the scenario that you’re giving your kitchen a full gut job and replacing it all for a fully upgraded version, the first step is the “undo”. You’re going to have to unscrew all of the cabinet doors, clean out the drawers, and take everything out. Strip your kitchen of everything that is not connected by pipes, glue, welding, etc. If you’re going as deep as changing or adding plumbing, you will need to grab a crowbar and start peeling off the panels for the dry wall.
Start with the hardest thing, in this case it is plumbing. Especially if you have polybutalene throughout your home, you’ll want to make sure it is switched with PVC or PEX. Since plumbing is very important and can be a make it or break it for a home buyer, this should be top of your list. We recommend searching for the best plumbers/contractors in your area to get this job done well. This is also the perfect time to switch to a gas range by installing gas lines!
The next important feature is going to be wiring and electrical work. Obviously, just like plumbing, this is easiest to do when the drywall is detached and things are accessible and easy to work on. That being said, it would be best to cut your losses and leave this part to the professionals. You do not want to make a major mistake when it comes to wiring and rewiring your home. Take some time and do your research to find a company that fits your budget and satisfies your remodeling needs. It may take a bigger chunk out of your budget, however, it will save some time and stress of making mistakes if you tried to attempt this on your own.
The color of your kitchen, really accentuates the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. The right paint color can ultimately tie the entire kitchen together and set the tone for the overall feel of the space. Now, painting should be done before installing floors and cabinets, to avoid damaging them or having to do extra clean up. If you want the job done quick and efficient, it might be best to hire a professional painter. If you’re not constrained to a certain deadline, you can always take the day and paint yourself. If you decide to complete this task on your own, be sure that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies to get the job done. Another small, yet very important detail is to make sure you have enough paint for the size of the room. Take down the measurements of your kitchen and have them readily available when you go to purchase the paint. It’s always better to have more than less, in this case!
Installing the Floors
When deciding on the right time to install the flooring, you just have to go what you think is best. Some people prefer to do it before the cabinets are installed, and some recommend doing it afterwards. There is no right or wrong time for the floor at this stage. When deciding on the type of flooring you want, you have several choices. If you want to go the more eco-friendly route, you can go with cork or bamboo. If you were going for a more traditional floor you can do anything from hardwood to linoleum. Look into every option you’re interested in, and compare them to your home. When remodeling the kitchen, there are some aspects that you want to consider in order to maintain the look and quality of the floor over time so be sure you take the time to pick the right one for you and your kitchen.
There are two types of cabinets that will be installed when remodeling the kitchen. You will have wall cabinets that are secured onto the wall and hover over the counter top and base cabinets that touch the floor. Since these cabinets are connected, it is imperative that they are perfectly level and aligned with one another. The installation process is extremely meticulous and should be done by a professional. Usually, the place where you purchase your cabinets will have an installer come in and do the job for you. Make sure to ask about installation options before you leave and schedule a time for them to come by. This make it easier and gives you confirmation that it will be done correctly and in a timely manner.
For installing counter tops, the material is very important. Quartz counters tend to last longer, are heat resistant, and tend to hold up better than granite. If you have a tighter budget for this step in the process, laminate is a great sustainable option and has come a long way appearance-wise. You want to make sure the colors are neutral and fit the over all theme of the kitchen. This looks more attractive to buyers and will outlive any trend.
Handles, knobs, levers are all considered hardware and could provide the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen. You want to choose a style and finish that compliments the theme and AGE of your home. I recommend staying away form trendy shapes and exuberant colors. When you’re remodeling the kitchen, You want the kitchen to look timeless and classic to avoid an out-dated look.
Have your plumber, and electrician come back (if necessary) to install the appliances. Refrigerators and ovens are big, bulky, heavy and have the potential to severely damage the inside of your home if the proper precautions are not set into place. When wheeling the appliances in, make sure that your floors are covered to avoid scratches or scuffs. Be sure to rearrange any furniture that might be in the way of the kitchen in order to avoid hitting the walls or chipping the crown molding. If you are working with a contractor, make sure that all of your appliances are hooked correctly and are fully functional before you finalize everything.
Whether you hire a designer, or do it on your own make sure you plan everything out. Order all of the features in advance to make everything you need is on time and doesn’t delay your project. Be sure to ask for help when you need it and hire professionals when appropriate. Make sure you have an electrician, plumber, painters, etc. before you start so you can include them into your budget and your schedule. We hope this article gets your prepared and excited to remodel your kitchen!
Brown Home Group @ Keller Williams Advantage II Realty