For the Do-It-Yourselfers, Keep This Checklist in Mind
There are few things more exciting than being about to embark on a kitchen remodel. Transforming this room into your dream kitchen is something you will be happy about for years to come as you enjoy the use of a more functional and modern space to prepare family dinners or a feast fit for a multitude of guests.
Remodeling any room is a major undertaking, though, and you need to have a checklist, so you cover the big stuff that has to be handled to have your new, do-it-yourself kitchen. There may be a few additional things to consider, however, the following pointers should be a good outline for your kitchen remodeling checklist.
1. Seek Inspiration for Your Kitchen Remodel
You want to expose yourself to as many different approaches to kitchen design as possible, so you know your design plans are well considered. There are plenty of pictures online to look at simply by searching “kitchen renovation ideas” online.
It helps, though, to be able to tie what you’re looking at to something that a specific contractor or supplier can deliver for you. For this reason, you may want to browse a showroom of a local kitchen and bath store such as the one provided by McDaniel’s Kitchen and Bath for those lucky enough to be near them in Michigan.
2. Choose Any New Cabinets, Countertops, Fixtures, Flooring, and Appliances
Decide on exactly what new products you’ll be putting in your new kitchen. It’s important that you work this out beforehand. Perhaps you want a bigger refrigerator or to have more cabinet space than you did previously. This will mean enlarging the kitchen space, which will mean tearing down walls.
You also need to know exactly what will be installed, so you will have an idea of what the completed kitchen will look like. You have to make sure your beautiful new kitchen cabinets and countertops complement each other.
3. Be Ready to Make Any Repairs After Removing Items You’ll be Replacing
When you actually start removing the old cabinets, counters and flooring, you may find holes that need to be filled and other problems that may need to be addressed. Be ready for this in terms of equipment and expertise you have on hand to take care of at least minor repair needs that may come up.
4. Assess Whether Any Plumbing or Electrical Work Will be Needed
Extensive remodeling work can mean relocating certain major appliances or the sink. This may require moving pipes, plumbing fixtures and possibly the location of electrical sockets. You need to assess this ahead of time, so you know if you’ll need to hire an electrical contractor or plumber.
Unless you have a lot of experience at either of these types of work, they’re not the sort of thing a do-it-yourselfer should be messing around with.
5. Install Cabinets, Counters, Flooring, and Appliances
Now comes the actual installation process. Ensure that all debris from the removal of anything being replaced is disposed of and that the walls and surfaces are clean before putting up cabinets or laying the flooring.
Kitchen cabinets and flooring should be the first couple items to be installed followed by the countertops and appliances. The addition of any new light fixtures and other niceties should complete the process.
Enjoy Your New Kitchen!
It may have been a grueling process, but the end result should be more than worth it. Provided you bought high-quality products from a reputable supplier to equip it, and that you were up to the task of do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling, you now have your dream kitchen that will be the envy of the neighborhood. What are you waiting for? Throw a dinner party to show it off to friends and family!