In What Order Do You Remodel a Kitchen?
The first step in remodeling a kitchen is deciding what you want to achieve with the remodel. For example, do you like the current layout or do you want to change it? Does the entire kitchen need to be remodeled, or just part of it? What are the problems in your current kitchen that you’d like to fix? Have you always dreamed of getting a certain style of cabinets, a big kitchen island, or a chef’s stove? Once you’ve determined exactly how you want your new kitchen to look and function, you can move forward with your remodeling plans.
Make a Budget
The cost of kitchen remodels can range anywhere from less than $5,000 to over $50,000; just be sure to set your budget at a point that won’t force you to live on PBJs for the next few years. It’s advisable to set your budget no higher than 10 percent of your home’s value, so if you have a house worth $250,000, your kitchen remodel shouldn’t cost more than $25,000. Also, reserve a 10 percent buffer just in case you come across some repairs you didn’t plan for.
Check Out Showrooms and Stores
Go visit stores, showrooms, and websites that carry the various materials you’ll need for your new kitchen such as flooring, lighting, sinks, cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and so on. Then make a list of the materials you’ll need to purchase, the best place to buy them, the price, and how long it will take to acquire them.
Hire a Contractor
Even if you plan to do most of the work yourself, you’ll need licensed, insured, and trustworthy professionals to take care of plumbing and electrical work at least, not to mention the many other tasks that might be too much for you to handle. Get at least three estimates and ask all the professionals you’re considering about their experience in their trade.
Be prepared for a lot of noise and dust while the appliances are removed and the drywall, flooring, and cabinetry are ripped out. At this point, address any issues like plumbing leaks or bad wiring before continuing with the remodel.
Time to remodel
Now you’re ready to start adding new elements to your kitchen. Here is a general order of how the rest of the remodel should proceed:
- Determine where lighting, electrical outlets, sinks, and appliances will be placed and upgrade the wiring and plumbing to accommodate everything.
- Install insulation and drywall.
- Paint the walls and ceiling.
- Install the flooring.
- Install the cabinetry and countertops.
- Install the sink(s) and faucets.
- Install the light fixtures.
- Mount the backsplash.
- Bring in the appliances and hook them up.
- Clean up and enjoy your new kitchen!
Contact Frey Construction Today
If all this sounds like a lot of work and stress, consider hiring a full-service contractor at the outset. Frey Construction has been in the home improvement business since 1995 and since that time, we have remodeled countless kitchens in the greater Madison, WI, area. If you need a kitchen remodeling contractor that can help you with the entire process from design to completion, contact us today.