A new kitchen is a joy to behold, but remodeling can be a stressful time. Here’s what to expect and how you can best survive a complete kitchen remodeling.
Watching a little too much HGTV?
Complete kitchen remodeling can be enticing and rewarding. You may have outgrown your dated kitchen design or have always wanted that coveted open floor plan.
When you embark on a kitchen remodel, it’s important to remember that they take time. How much time will depend on what kind of kitchen renovation you’re attempting and what your budget is.
The better prepared you are and knowing what to expect can make kitchen renovations much less stressful and give you more time to do the fun stuff! Here’s what to expect.
Complete Kitchen Remodeling: What To Expect
Replacement kitchens involve simply replacing older appliances and cabinetry and a new coat of paint. These renovations are generally quick, straightforward and tend to cost less.
If you’re looking to completely re-do your kitchen from the ground up, be prepared to spend some time. Even with the most carefully scheduled renovations, delays can occur. You may grow frustrating feeling like you’re living in a construction zone, but the results are always worth it!
You’ll want to spend some time preparing and protecting your space before the demolition.
The reasons for doing this are two-fold. First, you’ll set yourself up for success by staying organized and clean. Second, you’ll mitigate costly damage to the things you want to keep, like your floors, lighting, or drywall.
Always place a drop cloth if you don’t plan on replacing your floor. Kitchen renovations are messy affairs and paint stains, scratches, and scuffs are common if you don’t take steps to protect it.
If you don’t plan on replacing the light fixtures, you might want to temporarily disconnect and store away things like pendants and chandeliers to reduce potential damage.
You will also need to prepare yourself! You’ll likely be living without a useable kitchen for the foreseeable future, so you want to have a plan in place to cook and feed yourself without the need of a stove. Eating out every night is guaranteed to blow your budget!
HGTV recommends setting up a temporary “kitchen” somewhere like your garage or utility room (ideally somewhere with another sink). Ask your contractor to hang onto your old cabinets for a while so you can use them as counters and storage in your temporary kitchen.
You can also use this time as an excuse to barbeque outside in the warmer months or cook your friends meals in exchange for using their kitchens!
Perhaps the most exciting and action-packed time during your renovation, this can also be the most stressful. You’ll see drastic changes in how your space looks and it can be loud, messy, and chaotic.
It’s best to hire contracted professionals for this work if you don’t have experience with it yourself. If you choose to DIY this step, always use ventilators, eye protection, and hard hats when tearing down walls or removing old cabinetry.
Once the demolition is done and the debris has been removed, you can really start planning your vision for the space.
Rebuilding: Plumbing & Electrical
Again, it’s best to hire professionals for anything electrical-related. It can get dangerous quickly if you’re unsure how to do it properly. After demolition, this will be the first thing to tackle.
You’ll want to have a detailed plan in place for where your new appliances, sinks, and dishwasher will go so you know exactly where to install the necessary plumbing.
It’s also a good idea to think about your future electrical needs and how you envision using the space. Many new kitchens utilize large kitchen islands with plumbing and electrical built-in.
This may not be the most exciting transformation in your kitchen renovation, and it might take some time to install, but you’ll thank yourself later for not rushing through this step.
The Fun Stuff
Now that you’ve planned, prepared, demo-ed, and installed electrical, you’re ready for the fun stuff: designing your new kitchen.
By this step, you’ve probably already picked out paint colors, cabinetry, and countertops. There are hundreds of options available for high and low price counters, backsplashes, and more.
Take your time here too, you want to invest in designs you really love. Don’t just jump to the latest kitchen trend, or you might find yourself back at another kitchen renovation in just a few years when it feels dated once again.
Pick out timeless paint colors, counters, and backsplashes that still feel ‘you’. Pinterest can be a wealth of kitchen design inspiration to get started!
Ways To Save Money
When it comes to kitchen renovations, you need to decide what is worth splurging on in your kitchen. You might be an avid cook, in which case a professional gas range might what you prioritize.
Perhaps you love entertaining and want a super spacious kitchen island, or you have a family and need a large fridge. Whatever your priorities, it’s worth investigating ways to save money on your kitchen renovation so that you can splurge on those things you really love.
One way to save money is trying to salvage your old cabinets. Kitchen cabinetry can get expensive fast and many are surprised how a simple paint refresh can give cabinets a whole new look.
You can also save money on solid construction & design by doing things like refinishing your existing kitchen cabinets instead of ripping them all out and replacing them with brand new ones.
Repainting the kitchen walls yourself instead of paying a professional is fairly easy and will save you money. There are many options for laminate stone countertops and backsplashes that look great and are cheaper than the real thing, too.
Re-doing your kitchen can sound daunting, but with a little mental and physical preparation, it can be a wonderful, memorable experience and give you the kitchen of your dreams. You’ll look forward to making dinner every night!
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