How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel Part 3 How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel Part 3

What You'll Need
Kitchen suite and accessories
Power drill
Voltage/stud detector
Stanley knife
Spirit level
Dustbin bags

When you plan a kitchen remodel as part of a major property refurbishment, it is important to follow several steps in order to ensure the project runs smoothly. Knowing the procedure for the installation of a new kitchen will help prevent any issues from arising.

Step 1 – Disassemble Existing Kitchen

The first step required to plan a kitchen remodel is to remove the components that make up the existing kitchen. Begin by switching off the utilities that service the kitchen at the mains so that you are able to safely remove all of the appliances. Disassemble the cabinets by initially removing the doors and drawers. This will enable you to access the screws that hold the countertop to the side panels. You may also need to score the sealant at the point where the countertop meets the wall. As each piece is removed, put it into a dustbin bag to make them easier to discard. Safely retain any components that can be reused.

Once all of the fixtures are removed, you will be in a position to remove the flooring by initially lifting any fasteners that may be fitted along the edges.   

Step 2 – Structural Work

Removing the flooring may highlight the need for structural work that you didn’t recognize would be required as part of the kitchen remodel process. If you discover that any floorboards have suffered water damage or rot, rectify this by finding and repairing the cause. Then remove any damaged wood and replace it. If you are seeking to create a larger kitchen or an open kitchen-living area, you will need to remove a wall. Ensure that the wall you need to knock down is merely a stud wall. Any work required to a load-bearing wall will require the assistance of a structural engineer. Once this is complete, the work necessary to extend any electrical wiring or pipe work can be undertaken. To ensure that electrical wiring is safe, it should be checked or undertaken by a professional.  

Step 3 – Rectify Surfaces  

The removal of components and rearranging of utilities will often make it necessary to rectify any defects in the walls during kitchen remodel. Do this by applying sealant and smoothing it out with a scraper. Leave this to dry completely before proceeding. You will then be able to decorate as desired, ensuring that you lay the flooring after applying the paint or tile to the walls.

Step 4 – Installation  

Complete the kitchen remodel by assembling the kitchen suites in accordance with the instructions. If necessary, mark the reverse of the cabinet with a letter that corresponds with a letter on the wall so that you know where the cabinet will be positioned. Fix the panels of the cabinets to the wall, the floor and each other by screwing corner brackets into place. The countertop can then be fitted to the top of the cabinets and secured in the same manner. Use sealant around the edges of the countertop to make it watertight.

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