Remodeling your kitchen can be an intimidating project, but if you keep your eyes on the prize and take it one step at a time, you’ll be enjoying your updated kitchen in no time! Here are 8 steps to help you along the way.
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are likely a few things you can remove right away. Start by getting rid of anything broken or that isn’t useful anymore. Take any appliances out of their cabinets and load them into your car, if possible. If not, cover them up to protect from dirt or damage until you can move them to your vehicle later. You should also remove any loose baseboards or molding in preparation for repainting later on.
Framing and Plumbing
Before you can start to knock down walls and put up new ones, you’ll need to work with a framer. Framers (also known as carpenters) will be able to help your contractor determine how many walls and other load-bearing structures must remain in place during construction, so that your home doesn’t collapse. When demolition is complete, plumbers will handle all of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures; you’ll find that they can take care of almost any of your plumbing needs.
Before you start to gut your kitchen, make sure you’re up to code. Hire a professional home inspector to make sure there aren’t any big red flags hiding in your walls and ceiling. If there are any problems, fix them before moving forward with any renovation work. This will prevent bad surprises (and lost money) down the road.
Once you’ve added your finishing touches, such as paint and trim, you’ll be ready to move in. If there are features that still need work—such as flooring or cabinets—install them before moving furniture back into your space. And make sure your counters are clean and ready for use before serving up a meal! It is important to choose an appropriate wall finish material based on its function, cost, durability and aesthetic appeal. For example, drywall is inexpensive but not durable; hardwood floors can add character but can also be expensive; and tile is attractive but prone to water damage.
Install Doors and Windows
Depending on your budget, you may need to install new doors and windows. This will increase your home’s value and provide protection from outside noise. When hiring a professional to handle installation, ask about guarantees; there should be some kind of satisfaction guarantee in place so that you can have replacement windows installed if anything goes wrong. Also make sure that each window comes with a transferable warranty. That way if they crack or break down further down the line, they can be replaced at no extra cost.
Cabinet and Plumbing Fixtures
The next thing you want to do after starting your kitchen remodel is schedule a consultation with CozyHome Custom Kitchen Remodeling. They’ll give you an idea of what’s in store, as well as cost options based on your timeframe and budget. If everything goes smoothly during these initial meetings, then congrats—you’re almost ready to start!
Bring in New Appliances
When you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, it’s easy to get carried away with new cabinets and flooring. While both of these elements are great additions to any kitchen, their expense should be closely monitored. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen without breaking the bank, replace your old appliances instead. New energy-efficient appliances can make a huge difference in utility bills while adding a modern look and feel.
Install New Flooring
Floors can be very messy and difficult to install, but if you’re replacing your flooring with something similar (like hardwood floors), you might only need to get out your screwdriver and find a few wall studs. If you have wood floors, you may have to sand them down a bit before laying new hardwood or laminate flooring. In either case, order your flooring in advance—it could take up to two weeks or more.
Enjoy Your Newly-Renovated Kitchen
If you’re tired of your old kitchen and want to take your home’s look to a whole new level, now is a great time to start remodeling. The kitchen is arguably one of the most important spaces in any home. Taking time and effort to choose a new layout, paint color, light fixtures, appliances and cabinets will have a lasting impact on how you enjoy your meals—and even how much money you spend at restaurants.