Table of Contents
- Make a Concrete Plan
- Drawing Up a Working Budget
- Demo the Kitchen
- Update Plumbing
- Install Electrical and Lighting
- Drywall and Painting
- Laying Flooring
- Picking Out and Installing Your Cabinets
- Put the Countertops in Place
- Put the Backsplash in Place
- Using Your Kitchen Remodel Checklist
Did you know that Americans spent around $9,000 on home improvements in 2018? Your home is your safe place, and you spend a great deal of your time there, so it makes sense that you’d want it to look beautiful and function well.
One of the most used rooms in the home is the kitchen. Making sure it is exactly as you want it is key to an enjoyable kitchen experience.
Continue reading this article for our kitchen remodel checklist of things to do.
Make a Concrete Plan
Before you start remodeling your kitchen, you need to have your plan in place. Remodeling a kitchen isn’t a small undertaking and makes a big difference in the look and function of your home.
You need to think about things like what your must-haves are, what annoys you most about your current kitchen, and what gets you excited when you look at other kitchens.
Look at the layout of your kitchen now with how much storage space it has, how much counter space it has, and other elements. Which of them do you need more of, and which of them do you need less of?
You’ll have to give up something when you add more of something else since no kitchen has unlimited space.
Pay attention to your lifestyle and figure out which things you can live without and which things will make your life easier.
Keep in mind that kitchen renovations will interrupt your life, so it is important to pick the right time for your remodel.
Drawing Up a Working Budget
There’s no way to tell exactly how much your new kitchen will cost, but getting a basic budget together will help you stay on track as much as possible. There’s a lot to think about, and when you put a budget together, it will help you get everything in one place.
You may also want to look over your budget with the kitchen designer. They’ll likely be able to point out a few things you forgot to include in your budget.
Saving Money on Your Remodel
If you’re savvy with your money, you’ll be able to get more bang for your buck. Doing a little research can save you thousands of dollars on the materials you need for your project.
Visit stores and showrooms. You never know when they might have display models that they want to get rid of or even slightly damaged pieces that they are selling at a major discount.
Shopping online is another good way to look for discounts. You can find a great range of offerings from different vendors without driving anywhere.
Many people share promo codes, coupons, and tips to get discounts online. Doing a few searches before you start putting your money out can be a big help.
Consider Bringing on Professionals
When you’re reviewing your budget, you might consider leaving money for professionals to help you with your project. Not only will having a professional to help you make sure you get everything done right, but it can also help you get things done faster and with less expense.
Many professionals have a network they can quickly access, and that often grants them access to discounts as well.
If you come across work that is dangerous, tedious, or that you know you won’t enjoy or be good at, you might opt to bring someone else on to do it.
Kitchen designers are one of the professionals you should carefully consider. When you work with a good designer, they can help you get more of what you want for less hassle and money.
Contractors are another good expenditure since they can run the whole project. They can also help you spot any errors and help you find solutions to tricky problems.
Demo the Kitchen
Now that you have everything in order as far as planning goes, it’s time to get right into things. Keep in mind that demoing a kitchen might look fun, but if you aren’t careful, it can cause major problems.
Make sure nothing you take out is important to the structure of the home. If you take out a loadbearing wall, your home will be at risk.
When you demo the kitchen, you need to clear everything out, turn off gas, water, electricity, and remove all appliances. Putting a drop cloth down and getting a dumpster ready are other important parts to the process.
Keep in mind that if you work with a contractor, you won’t have to take care of the mess part. In fact, you can leave most of it to the pros, but do make sure you remove all of your things from the cabinets.
If you’ve had problems with your plumbing, now is the perfect time to get things fixed. Since the walls are already open from the other work, you can update the plumbing to keep from dealing with problems like:
- Low water pressure
- Leaky faucets, sinks, or dishwasher
- Putting a new gas line in
- Updating a shut-off valve
When you update plumbing, problems like these are often remedied.
Install Electrical and Lighting
Your kitchen lighting makes a major difference in the overall feel and function of your kitchen. If your lighting is too dim, it will be difficult to see when you’re cooking. On the other hand, lighting that is too bright will make you feel like you’re in an interrogation room.
Choose your light fixtures carefully and consider installing dimmer switches. If you’re in the mood for something more romantic, you can just turn the lights down when the time comes instead of having lights that are too dim for cooking.
If you don’t have a dishwasher and you want to install wiring for one, now is a perfect time. You may also want to put in a setup for a new oven and stove or wiring for a garbage disposal.
Drywall and Painting
Once you’ve got the plumbing and wiring taken care of, it’s time to put drywall in and to paint the walls. Pick the paint color that is going to give your kitchen the vibe you want, but most people choose light colors if they have a small kitchen and can opt for either light or dark with a larger kitchen.
Putting drywall up and painting will make the whole room look like it’s really coming together.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to flooring, and you have to choose what is right for you. For instance, hardwood might be beautiful, but you might always worry about someone putting scratches in it.
If you have children, you might choose to get something that isn’t so easy to mess up—like linoleum or laminate flooring.
There is no right answer for which flooring is the best because it depends on your lifestyle and who all will be walking on the floor. Kids aren’t the only ones that scratch floors, so keep that in mind as well if you have pets.
Picking Out and Installing Your Cabinets
Cabinetry is another major part of how good—or bad—your kitchen looks. There are a lot of options that you can choose from to make sure you get the cabinets that will fit your personality and taste.
You might choose shaker cabinets, low cabinets, or even open shelving. For people that aren’t very neat with their storage, you probably wouldn’t pick open shelving, but if you store things decoratively, this might work for you.
Since you already have the walls painted, you need to make sure that you choose a cabinet color that will complement the walls.
Put the Countertops in Place
Countertops are one of the last pieces to the beautiful puzzle that is your kitchen remodel. Depending on your budget, you can pick from many different options like:
- Butcher Block
If you have a theme for your kitchen, some of these will make more sense than others. Keep in mind that while there are “rules” to design—this is your kitchen, and you can design it however you want it.
Put the Backsplash in Place
If most of your kitchen is plain, you might consider a fancy pattern for your backsplash. On the other hand, if you have bold paint, you might opt to go with someone a little on the quiet side.
Think about bright cabinets against a soft gray color or white cabinets with bright subway tiles. There are many options.
Once you have your backsplash in place, your kitchen is all but finished. You only need to put the appliances in place, and your design is complete.
Using Your Kitchen Remodel Checklist
Now that you created your kitchen remodel checklist, you can get started on making your kitchen look and function the exact way you want it to. With the above information, you can make sure you don’t miss anything important.
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