About the Kitchen Renovation Process
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Deciding to renovate your kitchen comes with many benefits, especially enjoying your gleaming new kitchen and cooking and interacting with your family. It is also the best renovation you can undertake in terms if adding equity value to your home. Whether you decide to tackle the work yourself or hire a general contractor to manage your kitchen renovation, you need to remember that no matter how extensive the changes you plan are, it will involve you living without kitchen facilities for the major duration of the renovation project. Nonetheless, a remodelled kitchen is almost always worth the money, time and effort involved. To prepare yourself for your kitchen renovation, you should take the time to understand each of the steps in the process so that you are aware of what is required at each stage.
Before You Begin
You should decide from the outset whether you plan to work with professional kitchen contractor like Sleek Kitchen Renovations or whether you want to undertake the project on your own. Hiring a professional to manage your kitchen renovation means they can help with your planning and design decisions, as well as offering discounts on materials and fittings.
Most importantly, they will help you decide on the extent of your kitchen renovation so that it fits within your intended budget. You should take the time to think about what you need in your new kitchen by thinking of the persistent problems you face in your current kitchen. You should establish a prioritised list of what you would like in your new kitchen ranked by importance, and you must distinguish those things that are needed and those that are desires.
Do Your Design and Planning
At the start of the planning phase of your new kitchen remember you will need to compromise between your desires and the cost of making them a reality. You need to decide whether you will undertake structural work to make your new kitchen larger, whether you want to replace cabinets, countertops and flooring and what new appliances you want to include. You should develop a realistic idea of what you want in your new kitchen and, with an attitude of flexibility, decide how this can be best achieved within your budget so that you can create a concrete plan for your new kitchen.
The design of your new kitchen will be one of its most important elements. Take your time with this decision and gather ideas from magazines and kitchen websites to decide on your final look – remember that you will need to live with your decisions for years to come. While you should always have your dream kitchen in mind, remember to prioritise those things that are must-haves and those that are beyond your budget. Regardless of the scope of your kitchen renovation, you will need to have a sense of the costs involved and set an overall budget.
Planning your kitchen renovation carefully will determine the overall success of the project. Remember that the process may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, so you need to decide about how you will make do without a kitchen during this time.
Order Appliances, Materials and Fittings
Once you’ve decided on what cabinets, flooring, tiles, appliances and other items you want to use for your new kitchen, you must order them well before the beginning of the remodelling process. This is because sometimes they may not be available during the timeframe for your remodel and this can cause expensive delays. Ordering cabinets on time is vital since there can be a lead time before they are available for delivery and their installation can hold up other work which depends on them.
Ideally, all the elements of your kitchen should have been delivered, or will be delivered in a timely fashion, before you begin work. You should inspect the items that have been delivered and ensure they are what you ordered and have not been damaged in transit. You may need to find a climate controlled space for items such as flooring and cabinets that could be damaged by exposure to the elements.
Establish a Temporary Kitchen
Before you demolish your old kitchen, you’ll need to think about how you will cook while the renovation is in progress. You’ll need to establish a temporary kitchen in which you can store and prepare food while the work is in progress; for some people a refrigerator and microwave are sufficient, but if you have a family might need to take additional measures. Remember that you’ll also need to pack up all the cooking utensils, crockery and portable appliances in your kitchen before work begins.
This phase of the renovation involves demolishing the existing kitchen and making any structural changes (if required) and framing out the new room. This can be a relatively simple process or be quite involved if you are moving walls, doors or windows. Once this is complete, the relevant trades people will need to install the plumbing, mechanical and electrical fittings. This needs to be completed before the flooring and drywall is installed and include the rough placement of outlets and switches. Drywall, any insulation and flooring are usually installed before cabinets but some types of flooring, such as luxury vinyls and laminates, need to be installed afterwards. Make sure you inspect the work being done at this stage before it is completed to ensure all the outlets, switches and plumbing pipes are located based on your plan, since it can be very expensive to make changes afterwards.
The final phase of your kitchen renovation involves installing the largest part of the kitchen – the cabinets. Once this is done measurements for countertops are taken and they can be fabricated and installed. Once the countertops are completed, the lighting, plumbing and appliance fixtures are installed and the sink and appliances are installed as well. Keep a careful eye while this is being done to ensure that floors and cabinets are not scratched or damaged during this process. Make sure all appliances have been levelled and that they are working properly as well as checking light switches and fittings.
The final stage of the renovation involves installing the backsplash and then performing overall finishing touches, including on cabinets, crown molding, paint touch-ups and any other details. Once again, paying close attention at this stage will ensure that the fine details of your kitchen are finished to your satisfaction. A thorough cleanup of the room and ventilation system is recommended to get rid of any dust and debris, as well as a wipe down of the cabinets and countertops to complete the process.
Enjoy Your New Kitchen
After unpacking and placing your crockery and other items into your new cabinets, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your new kitchen. While it can be a journey to get there, the enjoyment you and your family will have in your new kitchen makes it all worthwhile.