Preparation for Kitchen Remodeling
We recently had a new kitchen built. Are you are considering remodeling your kitchen?
Because our kitchen was new, it all started with designing software installed on our computer. We placed our programming design onto paper and then met with an architect to finalize the design.
Regardless of whether you are starting with a blank slate or remodeling an old kitchen or a kitchen in a recently purchased home, you need a plan.
Check with your community zoning laws before you start to tear down your kitchen walls. Our state requires an architect.
If you are going to paint your kitchen or put new doors on your cabinets…NO you will not need to contact zoning. It is when you start to rip out walls, flooring, plumbing, and wiring (major remodeling).
Major construction work will require permits from your local government whenever walls or flooring are being torn down and there will be inspections by the building inspector.
Check and double-check the credentials and licensing of contractors for hire. We have all heard of terrible disasters when hiring the wrong people.
The Best Kitchen Remodeling Tips
- Plan with an architect or a professional with excellent referrals and strong credentials
- Where are you going to eat?
- Know the cost of the renovation and be prepared to spend over the quote
- If living in the house during remodeling be prepared for dust and constant cleaning
- A set of ear plugs to tolerate the noise of the electronic or pounding tools
- Alternate living space for family members with allergies
- Where will you house your pets?
Kitchen Renovation from 4 Questions
Planning a kitchen renovation is not an overnight decision. Planning starts on the first day of kitchen usage.
Remember how you mumbled under your breath, “I wish I had…” and so many other comments?
These are the negative comments which you will need as you create your design. These negative remarks have been building from poorly designed kitchens in the apartments or rental houses or even your own house with its current mortgage.
Write down everything you want in your new kitchen.
To help you build your dream kitchen a good question to ask yourself is, “If money were no object, my kitchen would have…”
After you have written everything you wish or have created your design with the kitchen software meets with your architect and he or she will work in as many of these desires which are realistic in the design.
Will your kitchen design be traditional, modern, or a theme? Will your kitchen include an island?
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but the design needs to make sense with the rest of the house. The architect has the knowledge of designing plans which can accommodate the structure of the house while incorporating your personal wishes of your dream kitchen.
Tip #1 Planning and Designing
The planning and designing should be done with an architect or a professional with excellent referrals and strong credentials.
Selecting a good architect and a kitchen construction company is critical. The expense and the longevity of a kitchen in a home are critical. We have all heard construction horror stories from various sources.
The architect draws your kitchen designs to meet your ideas. The contractor works with the architect to be sure that it is a can-do design. For example, you may have wanted a wall removed. The architect shows the removal of the wall in the design.
The contractor will accommodate the removal, but if it cannot be done because it is a support wall, then the contractor will meet with the architect noting that the removal will jeopardize the support. The architect will meet with you with new ideas for redesigning that particular wall to satisfy you and the integrity of the support which was discovered by the contractor.
Tip #2 Where are You Going to Eat?
Are you planning to live in your house during the remodeling process? If you are where will you be cooking?
- We had a mobile home on-site during the construction of our kitchen. We purchased the necessary appliances which would serve us temporarily.
- You may opt to use another room in your house using a table top microwave, a small refrigerator, and hot plates. Be sure to remove from the kitchen any pots and pans you may be using.
- There will be times you may choose to grill outdoors.
- Dining at restaurants or eating at fast-food establishments will fill the gap when not eating at home.
- Plan on a large food budget as you may be purchasing items that you do not normally use such as paper plates and plastic utensils as it can be cumbersome washing dishes and pots and pans from the outdoor faucet, a utility room sink, or the bathroom sink.
Tip #3 Know the Costs of the Remodeling Project
The architect will let you know of their cost and so will the building contractor. However, anticipate costs to be higher than the previous quote. These two professionals will say the costs may increase depending on what materials you select. And probably any changes that you are going to make during the project.
Okay, we understand that, BUT, you better prepare yourself with additional dollars. As there may be some incidentals you didn’t think of before, or there are some unanticipated problems.
An example of an incidental may be the construction of a concrete pathway. An example of an unanticipated problem may be plumbing pipes that do not meet code and you need to replace them.
The advantage that I found working with professionals was the better quality kitchen cabinets, sink, plumbing, and other kitchen essentials cost less than purchasing at individual retail stores. The designers work with stores that are not available to the general public.
Tip #4 If Living in the House During Remodeling – Prepare for Dust and Constant Cleaning
Either the construction workers or you can block off the kitchen from the remaining rooms of the house. Dust will be flying from any wood or plasterboard which is being cut. There will be dirt and dust when you remove the walls, flooring, plumbing, or old electrical fixtures.
The renovation may take a few weeks or a few months. It is typical of remodeling jobs to not be finished by the promised date. Do plan on construction to be completed after the promise date by days, weeks, or months depending on the size of the kitchen renovation.
Tip #5 Alternate Living Space for Family Members with Allergies
Are there adults, children, or pets that have airborne allergies?
The dust, fumes from paint or wood staining, glue from floor paneling or carpet, paste, and other odors from new products may produce those items which present allergic reactions to family members including pets.
Spraying the room with aerosols, constantly vacuuming, and wet dusting may help. Or maybe have a plan to reside in a hotel or in another family residence until the air is clear to not have negative effects for those with allergies.
Tip #6 Where Will You House Your Pets?
Often times pets are not comfortable being around a construction site. The loud noises can be painful for dogs and cats ears. Caged pets may be extremely restless in their cages. Dust and unseen chemicals may be hazardous to fish.
Whenever possible place your pets in the far opposite side of the house for a more quiet or less interruption. If this is not possible check with a neighbor or another family member who may not mind pet sitting.
If no help is available to house your pets with your local veterinarian or pet motel.
And you thought that you would need money only for the kitchen remodeling. Plan your budget for any other miscellaneous expenses which I may have neglected to mention.
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