Learning how to remodel your kitchen is a right of passage for many homeowners all over the world. This is proven by the fact that it is the most popular remodeling project after bathrooms, of course. Much like any renovation, there are things you need to know about what order you should be working on everything.
Let’s take a look!
Gather Your Ideas and Sketch
The very first thing you need to do when remodeling your kitchen is to gather your ideas and sketch out the final result. You will need to think about what you want and start the search for inspiration. A vision board can also help you out here. There are Many online resources available in order to provide inspiration, such as social media apps and home decor blogs. Another huge resource you should consider taking advantage of is professional kitchen designers. Many businesses that sell cabinetry offer a kitchen design service, and many of these designers use 3D modeling software to help aid you in visualizing the finalized product. Something important to bear in mind with kitchen designers is that they often require good measurements of your workspace in order to best help you design the kitchen of your dreams. Consider measuring your entire space, as well as any possible obstructions or complications such as plumbing, gas lines, and electrical outlets. A good designer can easily work around most of these, but will need as much info as possible in order to accommodate for obstructions.
Create Your Budget and Timeline
Once you understand what your dream kitchen looks like, you need to set out how much it is going to cost. You will need to do some research, shopping around in order to find someone who can provide a product that is both good quality and well priced. At this time, you will also need to set a timeline for your project to ensure it is done in good time. A big thing to bear in mind is that there can be setbacks in your timeline, whether it be a disruption in the supply chain of materials, or an unforeseen issue that wasn’t taken into account when initial plans were made. Keeping your timeline too rigid and without flexibility can lead to many headaches down the road, so it’s important to account for the unexpected.
Call in the Professionals
There is a professional out there for basically everything you need. Your task is to ask around and get some recommendations when it comes to choosing the right professionals for the job. Many material providers offer local/recommended contractor lists in order to aid you in your search. Once you have the right professionals for your kitchen remodel, the next step is upon you.
Get Ready for Demolition
Now is the time to demolish! Once everything else has been done, say goodbye to your old kitchen. You will need to move things you are going to keep such as an old cabinet that is a family heirloom or china cabinet in order to allow for as much room in your workspace as possible. You should also set up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in your home, as it could be weeks or longer before your new remodel will be back in full operation.
Put Your Kitchen Back Together
Now that you are ready to put your kitchen back together, it’s highly recommended to do things in this order to do it well:
- Configure the plumbing.
- Paint the room.
- Install new flooring.
- Add kitchen cabinets.
- Install your countertop.
- Put in your sink.
- Place your large appliances.
- Fasten cabinet hardware.
- Put in your backsplash.
Wrap Up the Project
Now that the hard work is done, you can wrap up the project! Cleaning up any leftover materials that were unused, reorganizing the items you plan to store in your cabinets, and getting together the little things like what hand towel you’ll hang from your towel rack or what soap dispenser you’ll use. This is the time to really take everything in and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
The Bottom Line
Remodeling a kitchen can be a big undertaking, but is very rewarding if done right. Following this guide will give you a pretty good idea of what all goes into a kitchen remodel, and if you are in need of building materials, consider using McCarren Supply for your material needs!