Do you see your flooring dingy and your existing cabinets are worn out? It means your old kitchen needs to be completely changed. A whole kitchen and bath design renovation requires a punch list for you to know the vital things you need to include in your kitchen renovation.
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Homeowners are oftentimes lost in doing their DIY kitchen remodel. We are here to guide you through the steps and things you need to consider for your kitchen remodeling project.
Let’s take a tour of how to remodel a kitchen.
Safety Precautions when Remodeling a Kitchen
Planning is necessary, whatever project you’re going to have. Planning with your hired kitchen remodeling contractor will help in ensuring a safe space for everyone in the process of renovation. To make sure that everything will go together smoothly, here are some things you should take note of:
Turn off electrical connections that pose danger to the workers.
Take time checking broken pipes and have them fixed first before moving forward with the renovation.
Check for any leaks on your gas pipes.
Even if you have a kitchen remodel budget, keeping the area safe for professionals and your family is a must.
Step-by-Step Guide Major Kitchen Remodel
A new kitchen is what most homeowners love to have. Knowing the kitchen is the heart of the home, it deserves to be beautiful and functional to host any event in the family. Below would be the steps you will undertake for your kitchen remodel. It will give you that amazing kitchen remodeling before and after ideas.
Start with a Plan
We understand that you are itching to start with your kitchen remodel. But to ensure everything falls according to plan, you need to map out the entire layout of your kitchen. It will be a good opportunity to merge your ideal kitchen design and cost in making your dream contemporary kitchen.
When preparing your kitchen for custom cabinets, accurate measurements are necessary. Aside from your cabinets, measuring helps you to fit your old or new appliances in the kitchen. You don’t want things to be unfit, and keep redoing measurements, as it could only take the process long and a waste of time and money.
Here are some of the things you need to remember when planning for a new kitchen design:
Kitchen design and the cost that comes with it.
The foundation of your electrical as well as a plumbing system.
Getting new appliances.
Disposal of your old materials.
Hiring a reliable contractor to do the job for you.
When it comes to home remodeling, demolition is almost always part of it. If you’re eyeing a new kitchen layout, which includes the removal of walls and changing floors, this is the way to do it. If you want a new layout for your kitchen, this is the way. Make sure that you check with your contractor if the demolition is already part of the total cost you’ll be paying, otherwise, you would need to allocate a budget for it.
Plumbing and Electrical Works
Before your upper and lower cabinets are installed, now is the best time to work on your plumbing and wiring for your task lighting and appliances.
Any general contractor would agree to that since we can still work on these structures before finding a way to hide them once we install your cabinets and countertops.
Whether it’s a big project or a DIY kitchen remodel, it’s wise to install and lay out your wiring and pipes before installing your upper cabinets and open shelving. That way, you can still conceal them when the latter is installed.
The common places where we install your wiring and pipes are in between walls or letting them pass through it. There are also instances before we install countertops, we layout first the wire connections and pipes of the microwave oven and dishwasher to ensure their functionality.
This principle applies to any renovation done in your house. Your contractor will walk you through it, so you can better understand.
Inspection and Securing the Permit of Your Kitchen Remodel
If you alter the rough works of your kitchen, then you will need to secure a permit from your city or county engineer. But no need to secure one if you will not modify the foundation of your kitchen.
All improvements done to your plumbing and electrical works must abide by the building code of your city or county. That’s to ensure the safety of your kitchen remodel.
Your contractor will be the one to take care of this permit and license. Typically, it’s part of the package, yet you can ask about it to be sure.
Finishing Kitchen Walls
Once you have the permit, you can now finish your kitchen walls and ceilings by hanging your drywalls. You need to be accurate and have the proper tools of doing this.
The proper way is to hang dry walls on your ceilings first and then on your kitchen wall. After hanging it, the best thing to do is to apply a primer. This is best if you plan of painting your walls and ceilings.
If you’ll take care of the painting works, you can save a few bucks. For a small room, the best paint color will be pastel or white. This helps make your room look spacious and modern.
But most homeowners pass this job to professionals to ensure a smooth finish with their kitchen walls and ceilings.
Installing Doors and Windows
Are you going to add or change your windows and doors? Well, you should start by choosing the right style that fits to your design. Planning is essential for this matter. You can just keep buying doors and windows that don’t match and have them replaced soon enough. It could only be a waste of money.
Most of the time, it’s hot in the kitchen. The good thing is, you could find thermally insulated doors and windows that are aesthetically pleasing at the same time. A door that matches your wall design will surely make you remodel worthwhile. Aside from that, thermal doors and windows will help you save on power bills. Just make sure that they’re installed properly.
Gone with Your Old Cabinets
Replacing your cabinets is your next step after bringing in your new doors and windows. This can resolve your continuing problem with room storage. Upon picking your cabinets, make sure it makes a nice statement to your kitchen remodel.
The majority of our customers who have new cabinets have improved the storage system of their kitchen. Especially those who got personalized cabinets for their kitchen remodel. We were able to help them make the design unique, together with the inside compartments of their cabinets.
It’s amazing to see our clients happy with the outcome of their new cabinets. Below are some examples we like to share with you.
Open shelving or Upper Cabinets
When it comes to house renovation projects, storage will be on top of mind. That said, custom cabinets are your best bet to increase storage in your house and kitchen remodel.
Having personalized cabinets to fit your appliances is best since you can maximize the use of space. It could be that your range will be on top of your base cabinets while your refrigerator will be in between cabinetry.
But are you also considering open shelving installed in your kitchen remodel? In terms of cost, an open shelf is cheaper than a cabinet. The decision of picking which is best is a common dilemma for any renovation project.
But you don’t have to pick just one of them since you can marry both. You can have both cabinetry and an open shelf inside your kitchen remodeled. It could be that part of your upper cabinets will be open shelves. Our designer will help you make the best layout for your cabinets.
Once you’ve chosen the right cabinet style, next will be the cabinet hardware to go with it. It’s critical to pick the right hardware and finish since it adds glam and function to your cabinets.
Bar and arch pulls are the common hardware used for cabinets. Door knobs are also in, yet it depends on the door profile and paint color of your cabinets. Typically, bar pulls with chrome or nickel satin finish are the go-to choice for modern cabinets.
You can choose matte black knobs or pulls if the door profile is light-colored with a glossy finish. But worry not as we are going to help you with this one.
Install New Kitchen Appliances
If your existing appliances are worn out, it’s time to buy a new one. Stainless steel appliances are the go-to choice among buyers since it adds to the modern vibe of their homes. But if you want a cheaper option, black appliances are a good one.
Refrigerators, ranges, and ovens are the three main appliances bought by homeowners when they do kitchen remodeling. Getting a new dishwasher is also part, and you can place that besides your sink. Before installing this appliance, here are some points to note:
Cheaper installation if you put it near the sink.
Placing it near your cutlery storage is also ideal.
Make sure to have ample space around your sink upon installing this appliance.
What to consider for your range?
The kind of meals you’ll be preparing in your kitchen will determine what type of cooktop you’ll have. Do you want a gas range or an induction cooktop? For you to make the right choice, here are some tips you need to consider:
Depending on the size of your countertop, the size of your cooktop must fit it. There are 24”, 30”, and 36” sizes available in stores. Measure first your countertops before buying your cooktop.
Induction or gas stovetop? The former has a more expensive upfront cost than gas cooktops. But induction is sleeker and easier to clean than the latter.
New Kitchen Countertops
Install countertops will always be part of any kitchen remodel project. As we always tell our customers, it must fit with your cabinetry and sink. This is to ensure a smooth workplace in your kitchen.
The design of your kitchen top must work with your walls and backsplash. As for the trending materials, let’s go around them below:
If you’re on a budget, this is the best countertop for you. This countertop is composed of layers of plastics bonded to a particle board to make it durable. For an affordable price, you get a decent durable countertop for your kitchen remodels.
Laminate tops are available in various colors and designs. It can absolutely give you that natural stone appearance without having to worry about stains. Just make sure that you pick a design that would match perfectly with your cabinetry painting, as with your backsplash tile.
It would also be good if your countertop color works with your sink and backsplash. This must be top of your mind when doing a kitchen renovation project.
Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block countertops are also in-demand in modern homes. Well, that’s because they add warmth and a cozy vibe to your subway tiles and apron front sink. Overall, they resemble a contemporary kitchen with a homey touch.
It can also make a warm contrast with your white paint backsplash and wall. The natural grain and color of wood add cozy texture to your glossy finish cabinets and backsplash tiles.
The best backsplash to match your wooden kitchen tops is porcelain, ceramic, and glass tiles. Any of these materials are versatile and durable to be in your busy kitchen.
Re-Paint Your Kitchen
Re-painting your kitchen is one cost-efficient way to update its style. White paint for the walls is trending since it’s flexible to blend with any other color and accessories you wish to have in your kitchen remodel.
Depending on your personality, it will be a huge factor in knowing the right paint for your kitchen. Often, neutral or pastel colors work best to bring out a modern fresh look in your kitchen remodel.
The size of your kitchen will also affect the color suitable for it. If you have less area, avoid using strong colors, instead, go for muted or neutral ones. Also, a minimalist approach to a kitchen remodel will give you that airy, clean, and uncluttered look. Aside from that, it gives you that warm and welcoming feeling. Strong or loud colors will only make your kitchen look busy and easily cluttered.
Let’s Wrap It Up
So, have you made up your mind? If you’re thinking about giving your home a whole new different vibe, it’s time for you to consider a kitchen remodel. Take those useful tips above, gather your budget, start planning, and visit your contractor to have the project started.
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