Planning a kitchen remodel can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many moving parts. You want to make sure you get the job done right the first time. One way to ensure this is to properly plan your kitchen remodeling schedule to avoid unnecessary hiccups. Here’s our step-by-step list of the order in which you should remodel your kitchen:
Why have a plan of action?
It’s never a good idea to begin a kitchen remodel by knocking everything down with a sledgehammer. Instead, be meticulous and well-organized in your approach. Do your research, so you can save as much money as possible. You can investigate by scanning home improvement catalogs, looking at pictures online, or searching anywhere else you can find inspiration!
After you have an idea of how you want your new kitchen to look aesthetically, consider what its practical uses will be. Ask yourself questions: Do you have young children and need the kitchen to be safe? Do you spend a lot of time chopping vegetables? What style is the rest of your home in? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin to narrow down your options. Taking the extra time to properly strategize can mean the difference between a great kitchen and a perfect kitchen.
1. The Demolition
The first step involves gutting the place – ripping out cabinets, removing appliances and wall paneling, and shutting off the power are all necessary before the remodel can truly begin. Get rid of anything outdated and unnecessary in the space. You may be able to do part of this yourself, but it’s best to hire an experienced demolition contractor to be safe and efficient.
2. Framing, Plumbing, and Electrical
Known as rough-in work, you’ll next want to tackle anything to do with the walls and what goes inside of them. This could involve moving plumbing fixtures or shifting wall framing, depending on the scope of your remodel. This stage can be time-consuming, and afterward, the area should be inspected. Once you ensure everything is up to code, you can move on to the next step in the process.
3. Doors, Windows, and Walls
Now, it’s time to wrap up the walls. Hang and finish drywall and add a coat of primer for good measure. This will protect the facing paper, even though you’re not quite ready to paint. You’ll also want to install any new doors or windows at this point while making sure they are adequately insulated and have trim installed.
4. Cabinets & Countertops
Next up, you’ll want to install any cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and countertops. This stage is exciting because it’s where you’ll finally begin to see the project come together. At this stage, the sink, faucet, and garbage disposal will be added, and any minor plumbing issues should be resolved. Wall cabinets should also be installed before base cabinets, to make the installation process simpler. Because this is such an important step in the remodel, you’ll be grateful for the extra time and care you’ve taken thus far with the details. Your attention to detail will really begin to shine through.
Now’s when you can start bringing in all of your kitchen appliances. Stoves, refrigerators, built-in microwaves, you name it – it’s all brought in at this point in the process. Your new kitchen is probably starting to shape up pretty nicely with the addition of appliances, as well. This is also a good time to take stock of where you’re at and ensure you’re on track to complete the renovation.
6. Lights & Flooring
Flooring is a point of contention in the home renovation community. While some professionals prefer to install floors before cabinetry, others wait until the end of the project. And for others, it simply depends on the nature of the project itself. Generally, however, it’s best to wait until after the cabinets are installed. At this stage, you can also install any new light fixtures, meaning your new kitchen will soon be in working order.
In our eyes, installing flooring at the end is a great way to wrap up the renovation and avoid damage to your beautiful new floors. Whether you choose wood, ceramic, vinyl, or another option, you’re sure to find a flooring option to suit your style. No matter what you choose, it’ll also fit in perfectly with your brand-new kitchen!
Need Assistance With Kitchen Remodeling?
As a full-service residential remodeling company, Seven Valley Home Renovations LLC is at your service for any kitchen remodeling needs you may have. Our outstanding craftsmanship and high integrity mean you can relax knowing your kitchen remodel is taken care of.
Based in Liverpool, NY, we also serve the surrounding community. Get in touch with us online or via phone at (315) 920-7487 to learn how we can make your life easier!