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How to Remodel a Kitchen – Start to Finish

When people get together at your home, most times people gravitate to the kitchen. If you have an out of date kitchen you may be embarrassed to have people spend time in there. Having a kitchen that is user friendly and is easy to use it probably also on your wish list with new appliances listed right on the top. Most people are unsure of how to start, so follow these steps to remodel your kitchen from start to finish.

Plan It

First, you should start with a plan and hire a contractor. The contractor can help you transform your kitchen and avoid many of the pitfalls a do it yourselfer can run into. The cost for a remodel is not set in stone, so if you have a small budget make sure you let the contractor know and they can pick materials that may not be as expensive as they would pick for a larger budget job. Another thing to consider is a remodeled kitchen will increase the value of your home. When a new homeowner is looking to buy, an outdated kitchen is a huge negative in their eyes.

Materials

Once you have decided how you want to remodel the kitchen, have your contractor order the materials such as appliances, tiles, granite countertops, cabinets and paint before you start the demolition. This will make the remodel run smoother and maybe even cut a few days off your projected completion date.

Demolition

Make sure your contractor has a plan when he starts the demolition and rather than plowing a sledgehammer through walls remove everything properly. Make sure the contractor unscrews the cabinets, removes trims and moldings with the proper equipment, unplug the appliances and cover the exposed wires. Then, properly dispose of the unwanted materials in the proper dumpster and maybe make a few bucks by recycling the appliances.

Plumbing

If your home is older, you will want the contractor to replace the old plumbing. Make sure that he or she has buckets ready to catch standing water and to replace your shut off valve. If you are changing over from electric to gas, have them incorporate a new gas line.

Electrical

Check with your contractor and have them ensure all the wiring is up to code and maybe even have them upgrade your circuit breaker box from whatever it is to 200 amps. The contractor should wire up the dishwasher, range hood and garbage disposal. He or she should also check the wiring for the overhead lighting, under cabinet lighting and dimmer switch if applicable.

Drywall

Next, your contractor should start the drywall process. This is something you can help with if you desire, as it is relatively easy.

Painting

The next step for the contractor is to paint the kitchen, do not underestimate the amount of work painting can be. If the contractor does not properly tape off areas or keep fixtures covered, you can have a real mess. The proper paint for a kitchen is semi-gloss that is of the highest quality. Do not skimp on the paint, as the paint is what is protecting your walls from moisture and can be easily cleaned. The contractor should apply at least two coats.

Flooring:

Insist that the contractor installs the flooring before he installs the cabinets. Depending on what type of flooring you have picked this can take one to five days to install properly.

Cabinets

Have the contractor make tiny markings on the walls to make sure your cabinets are laid out the way you agreed upon in the planning stage. Make sure that your contractor is locating the studs and screwing the cabinets into those studs.

Countertop

The choice of countertops can vary depending on your style, budget and personal preference. If you install granite countertops, you will be increasing the value and getting a unique piece as all granite countertops are naturally produced. Make sure your contractor has measured the counter correctly and has help placing them, as most countertops are really heavy.

Backsplash

When you are deciding on backsplash you can choose to have your granite countertop continue on to meet the cabinets to give it a uniformed look. Alternatively, you can use different colored tiles to match your countertops and the rest of the kitchen. You contractor should be able to install either choices with ease.

Appliances:

Finally, you get to add the appliances, and once that is complete, you will have complete use of your kitchen. You contractor should be able to install these within one day but be sure to check that all of the appliances have power.

Now that you have finished the last step, you want to go through the kitchen entirely to make sure the water turns on without leaking. The appliances work, the cabinets all fit snuggly and the kitchen is precisely how you planned it to be. The only thing to do now is call your friends and family and invite them over to enjoy your new kitchen.