Cabinets that are a little worn out. Flooring that is dirty. Lack of storage. Appliances that are outdated. This is the description of your kitchen. A remodel may be on your list. What exactly goes into a kitchen renovation in Auckland? It can be a huge undertaking. It is important to know the steps before you start, as your success depends on taking them in the correct order.
It’s important to prioritize the safety of everyone involved in your renovation (including family members and contractors).
Safety measures are important, such as turning off water and electricity before starting the demonstration, wearing protective equipment (such as heavy-duty footwear, eye protection, and gloves) and using the right tools. Safety can be ensured by following code requirements that vary depending on the municipality and consulting professionals to complete tasks beyond your abilities.
Barton warns that failure to adhere to safety standards can cause all kinds of problems with your project, including injury.
Are you ready to start? This is our step-bystep guide for remodeling your kitchen.
Step 1: Make a plan
Even if you’re eager to start, you shouldn’t order that new refrigerator or remove the old dirty sink until you have mapped out an extensive kitchen remodel plan. This comprehensive plan allows you to combine your vision and your budget. It also helps you determine if you want to tackle the project yourself or consult remodeling professionals.
The scope, or extent, of a project can vary from a simple cosmetic update to a “total gut,” as Lovato describes it, which may involve tearing down walls and rearranging your layout. Permits might be needed for certain work. It’s not uncommon to find yourself somewhere in the middle, depending on your goals for the kitchen.
Step 2: Demonstrate and/or Prepare Your Kitchen
It’s now time to demo your plan.
You can now remove your old vinyl flooring, the ugly range hood, and all of the shabby oak cabinets from 1985. If your project is small, you may only need to prepare walls for painting or remove the old backsplash. Lovato suggests getting a big dumpster to throw all of your construction debris in as soon as it’s removed.
Barton says that after you have completed the demo you can start the framing and foundation work.
Step 3: Plumbing & Electrical
The next step is electrical and plumbing. Why start so early if you’re not going to be using the dishwasher or lighting any time soon? As your cabinets have been removed and your wall’s inner workings are visible, now is the time to fix any pipes or wires.
Waiting will probably result in you drilling holes into drywall or the back of your brand new cabinets to install pipes or wires for under-cabinet lighting.
For your own safety, you should call in a professional to help with this one part of the renovation. A simple household electrical fault can be fatal, and even a small plumbing mistake can have serious consequences. Homeowners who are not experienced should avoid installing their own electrical and plumbing.
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Step 4: Hang Your Drywall
Be sure to measure accurately before you begin drywalling. You’ll need enough material to cover the entire wall and ceiling.
You’ll want to get rid of it before moving on (a shop vacuum is your best bet for this job). It’s best to get rid of the dust before continuing (a shop-vac is ideal for this task).
Step 5: Paint Your New Walls
Paint is where your vision begins to take shape. Painting is also fairly simple. You can paint yourself the same day you choose your colors.
TIP: When choosing paint colors, consider the style and color of the cabinets that you plan to install as well as your overall mood.
Are you overwhelmed by the choices available? Grab a few paint samples and don’t be afraid to accept that painting will more likely be a process of trial and error. If you need assistance, contact a professional. Many designers provide color consultations. This allows you to get expert advice without breaking the bank.
Step 6: Cabinets & Flooring
Some experts recommend installing cabinets first, while others suggest flooring first. It’s ultimately up to you. Lovato recommends cabinets over flooring, because of the clean look it provides.
When it comes to functionality, however, the flooring should be installed first. Be aware that delivery times can vary from weeks to months depending on what cabinets you choose. So, allow plenty of time.
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Step 7: Install Countertops
After your cabinets have been installed, you will need to measure your countertops. Due to the precision needed in measuring, this step is done after installing the cabinets. This step also includes your sink, so make sure you have it with you.
Prepare yourself for a little lull as the counters can take some time to arrive. Lovato suggests that this is the time to order all remaining items, such as backsplash materials, decorative lighting, and barstools.
Installation depends on the type of material you choose. Materials like laminate can be installed by DIYers, but granite is more difficult.
Step 8: Installing the Backsplash
Kitchen backsplashes are a great way to add some style to your kitchen remodel. You should have picked up the backsplash materials (tiles, mortar, grout etc.) while you waited for your countertop to arrive. While you wait for your counter to arrive, you should have picked up the backsplash supplies (tiles, mortar, grout etc.).
Install the sink and bring in your appliances
Install your new sink, and then set up your dishwasher, fridge, range, and any other kitchen appliances.
The bulk of the job is now done. It doesn’t hurt to contact a plumber or electrician to ensure that everything is in order. A plumber can connect your sink with the plumbing fixtures that were previously installed, while an electrician will be able to verify whether your gas stove was correctly installed.
After these installations are complete (and any required inspections by your local municipality), it’s now time to relax and enjoy your new kitchen.
When to call a professional
A DIY expert can probably handle the majority of these projects, including painting and installing backsplashes. Consult a contractor for large projects, such as plumbing and electrical. This will ensure the safety of your renovation and its proper completion. You don’t want to compromise the structure or function of your kitchen.