Kitchen renovation can be a complex, costly and time consuming endeavor. Most kitchen renovations require combined efforts from different contractors in a series of steps which might keep your kitchen out of use for a period of four to eight weeks. To effectively renovate your kitchen follow these simple steps to plan and implement a stress free and cost effective kitchen renovation.
1. Carry Out Enough Research
Read books and magazines sharing information about kitchen renovation styles and designs. You can also visit other homes and share your idea in order to trigger a stream of more ideas that might help you.
Kitchen renovation is a very costly undertaking which might take more than $60,000 according to recent research. Because of this, setting up a budget for your kitchen renovation and staying within it is a matter of great importance. Decide how much money you can afford to spend by considering your finances.
Furthermore, consider how long you intend to stay in your house. If you plan to sell your house within three to six years then your kitchen renovation should be viewed as a real estate improvement. Only spend the amount you believe you will rake back after the sell. On the other hand if you plan on living in your house longer than five years, do a remodel that will make you/your family comfortable.
Work with a kitchen designer to come up with a plan and layout for your kitchen. Schedule a consultation and an initial inspection to measure/assess space requirements and discuss design options with respect to layout;flooring;lighting;cabinetry;appliances;finishes and fittings. This will help you to come up with a well detailed and itemized plan.
To perform the kitchen renovations, hire an experienced contractor/s. To reduce the cost , you can do less technical tasks like removing and storing utensils, food, appliances and crockery; dismantling and removing existing kitchen appliances, benchtops, cabinetry, sinks, splashbacks, light fittings, finishes, taps and floor coverings
5. Structural Renovations
If your kitchen will require structural alterations for instance adding a door, skylight, window or removing a load bearing wall to open up more space, call in an insured and licensed builder early enough to coordinate the job. This procedure is usually messy, noisy and sometime hazardous. Therefore keep everyone except workers out of the area and warn neighbors about the noise in advance.
You should provide your plumber with a detailed flow plan early enough. Schedule your plumber to install/re-position pipes, water heating units, and drains.
You should schedule an electrician immediately after structural alterations but before flooring, tiling and cabinetry. In addition, ensure all the new electricals are feasible.
8. Splashbacks and Benchtops
Your kitchen benchtop/splashback installation can be done by a specialist or your builder.
Floors should be properly sealed and hard-wearing because the kitchen floor is highly trafficked. Choose the best flooring materials for instance wood and tiles for a lasting finish.
You may require a carpenter early in kitchen renovation to site doors, windows or walls; lay wooden flooring or install pantry. Reschedule the carpenter after the completion of plumbing, flooring and electrical installation to install cabinetry, benches,shelving,buffets, splashbacks and benchtops.
11. Sinks, tapware and hot water appliances
Reschedule your plumber to fit sinks, water filters in-sink garbage disposal and tapware. In addition, he can install, Connect and test dishwashers, hot water systems and water recycling systems.
This is a simple and short job. You should clean, prepare and dry all surfaces before varnishing. Also, allow enough time for the paint to fully dry.
I hope these steps will significantly help you to do your kitchen renovation perfectly well.