9 Stages of a Kitchen Remodel
You have decided that now is the time for a Kitchen Remodel. An understanding of the stages of a remodel can help you make the best decisions in terms of quality and budget and keep you on track for a great remodel.
Stage 1 Tear Down and Disposal
Your new kitchen has been designed, all applicable building permits have been applied for, and the materials are ready for delivery. The first stage of the actual renovation involves tearing out the old kitchen and disposing of all materials that cannot be reused.
Some local salvaged building materials retailers, such as the Habitat ReStore, offer kitchen cabinet removal services. Contact them to find out whether this service is available in your area and they are interested in your cabinetry. Homeowners often take on this job to reduce overall costs, but beware that a kitchen tear down can get complicated, and disposal fees are charged by the weight.
Stage 2 Structural Repairs
Repairs are often necessary once the cabinetry, tile backsplash and flooring have been removed. You can expect to see holes in the drywall that require patching, gouges, scrapes and scratches in the walls and subfloors and ceiling damage that must be fixed up before the kitchen renovation can proceed.
It s best to clean up the area completely prior to any inspection. This allows your contractor to have a good look at the damage, and properly plan for structural repairs that will provide support for your new kitchen features.
Stage 3 Assess the Electrical and Mechanical Systems
New kitchen lighting requires additional wiring or rewiring. Be sure to hire an electrician for this project, or ask your kitchen renovation contractor to subcontract the work to a licensed electrician. Moving existing appliances and installing new appliances also requires electrical work. Consider whether adding under-cabinet lights or potlights will help to create a brighter workspace.
Mechanical systems also need attention at this stage. Modern efficiency standards require large ductwork over the stove and/or microwave. This creates better airflow in your new kitchen and provides higher levels of safety for your family.
Stage 4 Assess the Plumbing
Plumbing plays a major role in your kitchen, and it's important to assess the design before installing cabinets or other major features. Plumbing will run to the kitchen sinks, dishwasher, and possibly the fridge.
Hiring a licensed plumber to assess and install your plumbing system will reduce any mistakes. Faulty connections, undersized pipes and inefficient design create serious problems, potentially damaging all of the new materials installed during your kitchen renovation.
Gas lines may also need to be run to the stove or oven.
Stage 5 Flooring Installation
Luxury Vinyl tile and Ceramic/Porcelain tiles are popular flooring choices for Kitchen remodels.
New flooring options include the look of hardwood on porcelain tile creating a classic look with worry free maintenance. Solid and engineered hardwood are another common flooring that typically flow from other living areas creating a grander looking space.
Stage 6 Install Cabinetry
This is when your new kitchen begins to truly take shape. Cabinets mount on the walls and are attached to the subfloor, providing the bones of your kitchen. These structures support your counters, appliances and sinks, as well as provide storage and hide the plumbing and electrical running through this busy room.
Always choose the highest quality cabinet possible in terms of budget, and opt for cabinet doors that provide a neutral backdrop. Handles and hardware can be anything from invisible to elaborate, it depends entirely on your preferences.
This is also the stage where trim, rails for lighting, closers and any other cabinet accessories are installed. These elements often push the price of new cabinets beyond what homeowners expect, so be sure to understand what you re paying for and only opt for the design and accessories that best suit your home and lifestyle.
Stage 7 Install Counters
Countertops should be durable, easy to maintain and attractive. Whether you opt for high quality laminate or invest in natural stone counters such as granite or quartz, this element of your kitchen renovation will have a major impact. The right countertop will complete the room, while a lower quality material or improper installation can wreck the look and feel of your home.
Your contractor has the skills to install any type of countertop. Corners, joints and end pieces are important and need to be handled with care, ensuring minimal gaps and proper sealing. Undermount kitchen sinks are the latest style, while many designs continue to call for traditional flush-mount stainless steel sinks or large white farm-style sinks. If a stand-alone range is part of your kitchen design, ensure the counters fit neatly around this feature.
Stage 8 Backsplash Installation
Tiles are often used to create a stylish, low maintenance backsplash. Compliment that design with tile flooring in natural stone, ceramic or porcelain. You're not limited to tiling on either the floor or the backsplash. Consider creating a modern look with tin panels on the wall and engineered hardwood on the floor or opting for a recycled glass backsplash and cork flooring for an eco friendly kitchen remodel.
Stage 9 Install Appliances
Appliances go into the kitchen last, after all of the finishing, cabinetry and flooring are installed. Be sure to have the power and water hooked up, as well as any natural gas lines required for your oven. Dishwashers hook up to garbage disposals, and over the range microwaves are mounted above your stove to double as an exhaust fan.
Some appliances require assembly, and most retailers include delivery in the price. To avoid delays, have the new appliances ready for your contractor to install at the end of the project.