How to do a Kitchen Remodel

When you embark on a major kitchen remodel project, you know it’s going to be a big job. Typically, it all begins with a full gut job that removes everything from the space down to the studs. Of course, each project is unique and you may not need a full kitchen gut for your project. But, if you are going for a full remodel, here are the typical steps you should be prepared for.




All remodelling projects will begin with the demo. This will remove every piece of outdated floor, wall, tile, lighting, counter, and appliance, leaving nothing left. Anything that you aren’t keeping will go. Some homeowners like to take part in the demo, but it’s always best to leave it to professionals and prevent any injury risk. Your professionals will know to be wary and avoid plumbing and electrical while gutting the kitchen.




Once the demo is complete, your contractor will begin the rough-in phase. Here is when framing and plumbing will be updated or moved around, depending on the nature of your project. As this project can be time-consuming and involve major components of your home, it’s best to leave it to the professionals (especially for plumbing and electrical changes).




After the rough-in is done, your contractor will likely do a proper inspection of the space to insure everything is in proper order before the finishing touches are placed overtop. Working with a professional contractor will help ensure the work is done right the first time, so you don’t have to go back and redo anything.




The drywall is the next step to putting into place a kitchen remodel. It’s hung, taped and finished based on your project plan. This can be just replacing the old drywall you had initially, or even adding new walls or counter areas with new drywall.


Here, your contractor (or yourself) can also begin priming the drywall for painting later on in your project. This helps protect your drywall from scuffs and scrapes while the remodel continues around it. So the primer can help keep the drywall as in great a shape as possible until ready to paint.


Doors and Windows


If you are also installing any new doors or windows, they will go in right after the drywall goes up. If you are not touching either of these, then your remodel will skip this step (unless your contractor is updating and trimming around your windows and doors).


If you are keeping existing windows, consider resealing them while you do your remodel and ensure they are insulated properly.


Plumbing and Cabinets


Once the framework is done, the plumbing fixtures and cabinets can be installed. Any new counters will also be installed during this phase. This is the fun part as you see your remodel finally taking form as it inches closer to completion. At this time, the design features are going in so you can really see your vision come to life.




The last construction-related step is installing the new flooring. It varies from contractor to contractor, but some contractors start flooring before the cabinets. Either way is fine, so no worry if your contractor goes the opposite way.


New Appliances


Your shiny new appliances will generally be installed last. Whether you are upgrading some or all, this is the time your kitchen is almost ready to begin use. Your new microwave, oven, stove, fridge, and dishwasher will all be installed.


Once those appliances are installed, your kitchen is complete. It’s time to celebrate your huge kitchen remodel! Sit back, relax, and enjoy your brand-new kitchen space. It was a huge task and an investment in time and money, so you deserve to enjoy it.


If you are looking for a full kitchen remodel, Marvellous Contracting will turn your dated kitchen into a luxury space you can enjoy for many years to come.

Written by Aaron P

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