A new kitchen can make a home more beautiful and functional. Remodels can also increase a home’s value. Remodeling a kitchen can be overwhelming because it is expensive and time-consuming. Understanding the essential steps in a kitchen remodel will help ease the frustration and anxiety in any kitchen remodel.
Needs vs. Wants
Before beginning a Kitchen Remodel, prioritizing what needs to be changed is essential. Homeowners should ask themselves what problems they currently have with their kitchen. Is there too little storage? Are the appliances too old? Is it outdated and ugly? People looking to renovate should create a list by prioritizing essential things for a new kitchen.
Design and Planning
Five basic kitchen design plans utilize the kitchen triangle. The one-wall design puts all of the kitchen along one wall. A corridor design is similar to a one-wall design but uses both sides of the corridor. The L-shape design, double-L shape design, and U-shape design are also popular.
There are numerous ways to develop drawings and blueprints for the kitchen. Kitchen design software can help homeowners plan the kitchen themselves. Physical design packages are kits with cardboard punchouts for cabinets and appliances. Homeowners can move the items around to find the perfect fit. Kitchen designers from home improvement stores often help design a kitchen free of charge. General contractors also help with all of the planning steps.
DIY or Hire Out
Homeowners can hire a general contractor to take care of kitchen remodel details. Contractors will subcontract all specialized work and take care of the details. Hiring a general contractor is the easiest and, usually, the fastest option when remodeling a kitchen but is also the most expensive.
Another option for homeowners is for them to do it themselves. Remodeling a kitchen is a big project, though, so homeowners should be careful about tackling the remodel without professional help.
A third option is to act as the general contractor, hiring and supervising subcontractors such as plumbers, flooring pros, and plumbers. Acting as the general contractor can save money, but managing everyone can be difficult.
Once the details have been taken care of, homeowners can start preparing their homes for demolition and remodeling. Preparation may mean moving a few appliances to another room to set up an informal kitchen. Homeowners may want to cook means in advance and store them in the freezer.
Demolishing the old kitchen can be fun for homeowners, but they should be sure to wear safety gear. They should also remember to order a roll-off dumpster for disposing of all the old kitchen gear.
Time to Build
Once the kitchen is ready, a kitchen’s framing comes first, followed by plumbing, wiring, and HVAC ductwork. Usually, licensed professionals complete this part. Once this step is finished, the walls and ceilings are completed. Specialists install flooring, and finally the cabinets, countertops, appliances, and fixtures. Homeowners then need to connect lighting fixtures and appliances.
Remodeling a kitchen can be a great deal of work, but the results will transform a house. Understanding the process reduces stress for homeowners.