How to Remodel a Kitchen
If it’s time to remodel your kitchen, don’t rush to it. Make a detailed plan on what to be remodeled, how and in which order to save time and organize the remodeling in a structured way.
Step 1: Make a List of Priorities
- Start by evaluating what parts of the kitchen that need remodeling for functional purposes and what parts you would like to remodel for appearance, but that are not a priority. Anything that is not working properly or is not safe or convenient should be on top of the list. The parts that are obviously torn, damaged or otherwise visibly defected should be next. Last on the list are the parts that you just don’t like for personal reasons, such as a dislike for the color or material. You should also consider what types of remodeling can increase the value of your home in the future.
Step 2: Make a Budget
- Next, consider how much money you can realistically afford to spend for remodeling. Don’t forget to take into account that some types of remodeling can increase the value of your home.
Step 3: Consider Hiring a Professional
Depending on what types on remodeling needs to be done, it can be useful to hire a professional.
- If the remodeling needs any electrical work or plumbing, it is best to hire a professional for safety reasons and to ensure the work is according to regulations.
- A professional can get the work done faster, allowing you to escape the mess of remodeling sooner.
- Hiring a professional will cost more, but could pay off by a more professional remodeling which might increase the value of the house more.
- If you cannot afford a professional to complete all of the work, consider hiring one for the most difficult or time-consuming parts.
- If you are not hiring a professional, learn as much about remodeling as you can before starting and get the necessary permits.
Step 4: Get Inspired
- After determining what parts of the kitchen you would like remodeled and how, look in interior design magazines and books or watch design shows to get ideas. Even if you are hiring a professional, think about what type of atmosphere, colors and materials that appeal to you.
Step 5: Precautions and Preparations
If you are remodeling yourself, make sure you follow safety guidelines.
- Follow instructions and safety recommendations for the tools and materials you are using.
- Find out how to handle possible lead and hazardous materials and how to get rid of it.
- Disconnect the power, cover power wires and disconnect appliances.
- Research all aspects of remodeling for exact instructions on different aspects, such as how to paint.
- Evaluate how long the renovation will take and plan accordingly. Make a structured plan of each step, taking into account waiting times such as time for paint to dry.
Step 6: Start Remodeling
- It is time to remodel! If you aren’t excited, you are probably concerned about the mess or amount of work ahead of you. Follow these steps to make the process easier:
- Order stone countertops early, if changing them, as it can take weeks to get them.
- Ask friends or relatives members to help out and offer to assist them with something need need in return.
- Electricity and plumbing should be done first.
- Make sure messy work is done early to avoid spills and damages to newly renovated areas.
- Remove cabinet doors.
- If painting walls, do it before painting cabinets.
- The appliances are reinstalled in the last part of the renovation.