The kitchen is probably the most popular room in a home to remodel. But it’s also a big endeavor that demands careful planning before you start tearing up the walls and moving objects around. Here are a couple of tips to bear in mind before you start this project:
1. Set the budget
Before any work at all, you should visit a couple of home stores to get an insight into how much certain kitchen items cost. Your budget should not cover only the cost of new items but also unexpected costs, which means another 10% of the overall budget should be for that only. Hidden costs are something that many people forget about – they include materials and the cost of labor, but also shipping and delivery costs and sometimes taxes. Lastly, always go for the quality – opt for the best items and materials you can afford. Try to be practical and stick to only what you need, not what you want.
2. Make your job easier
No need to smash the kitchen walls – a few things to remove before the works will make more room for you. First of all, remove the cabinet doors. It’s a simple thing because most of them are attached to the wall by only 2 screws. The doorway and window trim can be removed by a putty knife – slide it behind the nails and tug it a bit, until you reach the corner. The power in the kitchen should be shut off, while exposed wires need to be covered with wire nuts.
3. Set the layout
The kitchen should be practical and functional and a good layout enables that. If you can, go for the usual work triangle – it’s a classic layout where the sink, fridge and stove are places in a triangular pattern and it saves you the unnecessary steps. In case more than one person works in the kitchen at the same time, then you should consider adding one more workstation or an island or a wheeled cart, depending on the available space.
4. Leave room for the right professionals
Even if you are planning to do a DIY project, there will still probably be a point where you will want to hire a professional. Whether it’s for building kitchen cabinets, doing plumbing or electrical work, or getting a few tips from a designer – it would be smart to leave some part of the budget for them. You can get various ideas on quality kitchens from visiting showrooms of companies like ATS Building products, where you can also realize where it should be wiser to ask for professional help. Maybe you will choose to work with a contractor or a builder or maybe you’ll realize you need an architect – it will all depend on how much work you plan to do.
5. Update the plumbing
In case you decide you need to update the plumbing and you want to do it on your own, you’ll need towels and buckets to be prepared for potential leaks. There are a few common plumbing issues that can be fixed while you’re remodeling your kitchen, including low water pressure, clogged pipes, leaks from the sink, dishwasher or the faucet or even updating shut-off valves or add a gas line. It’s your choice whether you’ll do it yourself or call a professional.
6. Painting the kitchen
You can paint the kitchen on your own, even though it will take more time. You should paint the walls before you install the cabinets and use semi-gloss paint because it’s easier to wipe down and it also doesn’t keep the moisture. It’s important to fill holes with mud before you start painting the wall and use painter’s tape if you need to tape. Have two types of paint – the one with angled brushes which is good for trim, and a four-inch brush for the ceiling and the floor.
Remodeling the kitchen is a big project but the more time you spend on preparation, the easier it will be in the end.