Kitchen renovations are huge undertakings. Many people postpone them just because they don’t want to be stuck with the mess and inconvenience of a remodel. But if you have been aching to update the way your kitchen looks, there are ways to get through it without losing your hair.
It is essential to prepare your space and your household for the significant work involved. You can save yourself from the headache by following the steps outlined below:
Step 1: Manage your expectations
Preparation is a huge step in the right direction. Take a look at your estimated number of days to complete the renovation. Anticipate where you will be preparing your meals during the renovation phase. If you need to resort to ordering takeout, then consider this in your budget planning as well. Consider as well, that some things may not go according to plan, and work may extend beyond your initial schedule.
One way to help mealtimes is to have a temporary kitchen in your living area. You can relocate your refrigerator and a few small necessities. Moving your fridge as a first step means you won’t have to worry about food spoilage or have to throw out the uneaten food in your freezer.
Step 2: Prepare a staging area
If you have an outdoor area, prepare a place to put your raw materials as well as the debris from your demolition. Lay down some tarpaulin material to protect your greenery and provide barriers to keep pets and other unexpected visitors from accessing your stockpile. Arranging your debris outside will make it easier for you or your chosen transport service to haul them from your property. If you don’t have any outdoor space, consult an experienced renovation contractor for the proper disposal protocol in your area.
Step 3: Empty the space
Turning off the electrical and water supply to your kitchen space is a crucial safety step. Next, remove your smaller appliances, followed by your dinnerware and cookware. Find a safe place to store your pantry items. Use the box method by keeping all things from a single cabinet in the same box. This makes it easier for you to return the items to their new cabinet spaces once your renovation is complete.
Step 4: Start with the bulkier items
Once you have spent enough time preparing the space for construction, you can begin addressing the more substantial items. Ask for help to remove bulky appliances like your kitchen range, hood, and dishwasher. Afterwards, you can easily disassemble your cabinetry. The cabinets take up a majority of the space in the kitchen and will likely take the most work. Your kitchen renovation contractor should properly seal pipes or exposed sockets.
Step 5: Clear out the walls
Now that you have unencumbered access to the four walls of your kitchen, you can remove any moulding, panelling, or the backsplash. You might even relocate or tear down one of the walls in your space. Having it completely clear of furniture and fixtures makes it easier to move debris from the kitchen to your staging area.
Step 6: Leave the floor for last
When everything else has been cleared, you will have no problems tearing out the old linoleum or tile that you have been itching to replace. Removing the floor should be the last step in preparing for the remodel work to begin.
After you have completed the steps above, you may find that you will breeze through the rest of the renovation work quickly. Demolition takes up the bulk of the work. However, once you see your new floors laid out, a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and updated cabinetry being installed, you will know that all that effort in careful preparation will have paid off.
Are you preparing for a major kitchen renovation? We specialize in full kitchen remodelling in homes across Mandurah. Call us today and find out how we can give your home an upgraded new look.