A Step-by-Step Guide to Kitchen Remodeling

The first step in any kitchen remodel is to tear up and demolish what's outdated or worn out. Before you're ready to create a beautiful new space, it's important to decide early on if you plan to work with a general contractor or a designer (or both). These professionals can help you get better rates on materials and other purchases throughout the remodeling process and, once they analyze them from the start, they can help you decide which ideas are feasible and which are outside the scope of what is possible. By far, the easiest and most expensive way to remodel a kitchen is to transfer most of the planning, design, and management from workers to a general contractor.

However, the contractor has a significant cost, and you can save a lot of money if you're willing to work as your own contractor and hire and supervise individual subcontractors to do the practical work. Your cost savings will be greatly amplified if there are some of the tasks that you are willing and able to tackle yourself. While it has a wide range of possibilities, use one of five classic kitchen design plans. To facilitate movement, all the planes represent some form of that classic workflow model, the kitchen triangle.

Whether it's done by yourself or the general contractor's team, removing old appliances and tearing out old materials is the first step on the road to the new kitchen. This can be hard physical work, but it's not particularly complicated, unless the demolition involves removing the load-bearing walls. This can be part of the project you choose to do yourself. If so, remember to use safety equipment and take precautions if there is a possibility of lead- or asbestos-based paint. And if you're going to do the demolition yourself, you'll need to have a rolling container or other means of collecting debris and any discarded appliances.

Once the demolition is complete, a typical kitchen remodel begins in earnest with the contractor's carpentry team performing the framing work necessary for the project. Depending on the configuration of your new kitchen, this can involve some very important construction tasks. Are you adding or replacing windows? Or remove windows to increase closet space? Tear down walls to open the kitchen to the rest of the house? Even minor kitchen remodeling projects may need reinforced joists to support heavier appliances or built-in items, such as a kitchen island. After framing work, the next step is to place new or redirected plumbing pipes, wiring, and HVAC ducts. This process is known as the mechanical introduction phase and is typically performed by licensed plumbers, electricians and HVAC professionals hired by the general contractor or by an owner who performs that function. When the pipeline review is complete, you will receive the first of the two inspections required by permit requirements.

The inspector will review the installation while the wall surfaces are still removed to ensure that it has been done according to the code. If you have done this work yourself, it is your responsibility to organize the inspection. As the electrician connects the new circuits to the kitchen, he will likely abandon any existing wiring in the kitchen in favor of installing new wiring for all the circuits in the kitchen. Again, the inspector must review and approve the preliminary installation of the wiring before the project can move on to the next phase. Once the inspector has completed and approved the plumbing, wiring and HVAC work, walls and ceilings can be closed.

The outer walls will be insulated with fiberglass to provide a buffer between the kitchen and inclement weather. With wall cavities accessible, now is a good time to install high-quality insulation. Next, drywall is hung and seams are glued and finished. Walls and ceilings are now primed and painted. If ceilings are textured, texture is now applied.

Insulating, installing drywall, priming and finishing walls and ceilings are tasks that homeowners can do themselves to save money. However, keep in mind that professionals can do this job very quickly and are relatively inexpensive. The most expensive part of remodeling a kitchen are kitchen cabinets. The reason for this is that you will need cabinets that provide practical and aesthetic value. You'll want to invest in something durable that lasts for a while but also contributes to overall look of kitchen. Here's a guide that will help you understand steps and intricate details of kitchen remodeling process.

Before practically starting process of remodeling your kitchen your main concern is evaluate your wishes against what your remodeled kitchen should include. You can start by deciding what things you essentially need in kitchen then move on what they look like. Once entire planning process is finished ready you'll have one minute before start demolish your kitchen. You have prepare live without kitchen make some space in house change your functional kitchen appliances become temporary kitchen for time being when kitchen remodeling process comes end you can proceed with installation of kitchen cabinets countertops.

Reynaldo Obenchain
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