How To Remodel Your Kitchen In Ten Steps
Remodeling your kitchen is a big job, but there is no more rewarding venture when it comes to the maintenance of your home. The kitchen is the most important room in your house. This is where most of life is shared. We prepare our meals, entertain our guests, and spend a great many of our hours as a family in the kitchen. Perhaps this is why the kitchen takes such punishment. Cooking, smoke, odors and cleaning chemicals affect the walls, floors, cabinets, sinks, and even appliances.
When the time comes to remodel your kitchen, do not panic. Follow these professional tips and you will be amazed at how quickly the job is completed. If you have questions, please use us as a resource and contact RH Homes any time.
Hire a kitchen designer
This is a step people often ignore. But you will find a kitchen designer can save you a lot of money. They can help you recycle and reuse much-loved items. They will show you ways to bring your ideas to life with splashes of color and they will prevent you from making costly mistakes by purchasing items that will not work in your room without major renovation.
Decide which appliances you will keep and which will be replaced.
If you plan on replacing a major appliance, it is important to know the measurements in which you have to work.
Select cabinets, lighting, floors, and counters in advance to ensure they match and they will fit. This also ensures you can get the pattern when you are ready to install them.
Select a design sink or vessel.
New sinks and vessels come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs. This is a major part of your remodeling project. They are usually the focal point of the room. Upgrading the faucet when you install the modern sink is advisable.
Interview and check out your contractor
Ask for referrals and recommendations from the vendors you purchase from. Ask friends and family for contractors that they have used. Check their standing with the Better Business Bureau.
Check their license, insurance, and ask how they screen employees that they will send to your home.
Inquire if they are experienced in cabinetry, wiring, plumbing, and lighting.
Drywall and paint
Will you hire a separate contractor for finishing the work? If you plan on using the same contractor, you should inquire about their experience with drywall, mudding, sheetrock, painting, and trim work.
Will they give you a better rate if you contract with them to do the entire job?
Do they guarantee their work?
Choose your flooring
This is an area where many people choose to go green. Cork flooring, recycled tile, bamboo, and recycled carpet may be tempting but beware. The kitchen is not the most floor-friendly room in the house. Materials that fade, stain, swell, or simply do not hold up well to traffic may be a costly error. Consider the materials you decide on carefully. Linoleum is a good choice for kitchens. If you choose the other materials, consider placing them only in areas that are not exposed to water and spills and use a more sturdy material in the busy areas.
Replace the plumbing
While your kitchen is demolished, replace old plumbing before you re-build. Pipes wear out, and leaks happen. If your pipes fail after your remodel, a lot of your hard work will have to be undone to get to the pipes. Take advantage of this time to have an experienced plumber inspect, replace, and insulate any pipes that need attention.
Set a schedule
Work with your contractors to set a time frame that they will need to complete their work. Contractors do not want to work around each other. Plan a schedule for when each contractor is expected and how long they expect to need. Be generous with your time frames. Things happen.
Acquire any building permits you need.
Make the calls and make sure you are covered with permits. While most contractors will get the permits, you are responsible for having the correct permits. Find out what is needed and ask for copies of everything.