The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. If it is in a bad shape, remodeling it will help regain that appealing look among many other benefits. This is not one of the jobs where you apply the do-it-yourself technique. This is because you are up against time since you need to go back to your cooking. Hiring a contractor is highly recommended because they will help save you time since they are sure of what they are doing. You will also enjoy discounts on materials as well as warranty. Remodeling a kitchen is usually done in phases to avoid making mistakes. This article looks at the order of remodeling a kitchen.
In this phase, you do not have to involve the contractor especially if you do not intend to re-use some of the materials in the old kitchen. However, great caution should be observed when getting rid of the dated features. You do not want to damage the lighting and water connections hidden deep into the walls. Using the right demolition tools can protect some of these features as well as protect the ones you intend to use in your new kitchen.
Things like door handles, screws and the piping system do not have to be removed. If you decide to do it yourself, ensure to turn the electricity, gas and the water off. Hiring a contractor to do the work for you gives you an added advantage because it is at this stage that they get to notice any faulty wire and pipe connections with the electricity, gas and water.
Framing, Electrical and Plumbing
At this stage, the contractor takes time to study the wiring connections of the electricity, as well as the piping system for water and gas. It is here that you get to be briefed on the whole system. You get to decide what you would want moved or changed, depending on your needs in your new kitchen. You may want to change some switches, the sockets, water and gas taps. This stage is very time consuming and is best left to the professional contractor.
Some local jurisdictions require that homeowners adhere to certain building codes. It is therefore important that you invite an inspector to come check. This will enable the local authority inspector to notice any mistakes with the electricity, water or gas. If they certify, you move on to the next stage.
Install the Electrical and Plumbing Systems
At this stage, you install the kitchen systems such as the range hood and mantle. You also install the electrical fittings like switches, and the lighting that will meet your personal needs. You also install the new water taps and any other water systems such as the water filtration system. These are installed at this stage so that you do not forget them after installing the walls.
Install Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are installed right before the walls so that the wall fittings come to seal any spaces that might be left. The main reason for having them installed before the walls is to avoid hurting the wall or removing paint during the wall finishing. The other reason is to have them painted together with walls.
Finish the Walls
At this stage, have your dry wall installed. This should be left specifically to the professional since mistakes may occur. After carefully cutting the dry wall in the right specific measurements, lift it, place it on the wall, and hold it by the use of your knee and mount it using screws.
Install the Floor
At this stage, you install the flooring of your choice. You do not want to have a rough time installing the floor because of the appliances like the stove. Having the stove before the floor installation, means that the area on which the appliances occupy may not be covered by the floor after all. There are a variety of flooring to choose from in terms of material, color, size and design. The choice depends on your personal needs.
Before embarking on the remodeling project, it is important to hire a contractor who will help you with calculating the budget. They will help you choose the right materials as well as advice you on the best options for your needs. You will also enjoy warranty and discounts on the materials since professionals buy in bulk. If you have the skills, you can do kitchen remodeling by yourself. However, this is a task better handled by professionals.