You’ve found the perfect house in the perfect location. The only problem is the 1970s kitchen. There’s wood paneling, orange and yellow wallpaper, and psychedelic linoleum flooring… there may as well be a disco ball on the roof! Before you fret and run screaming from your would-be dream home, consider remodeling that kitchen; it could help you achieve the home you’ve always dreamed of.
This is one of the easiest (and most satisfying) steps to your kitchen remodeling project. Save some money and do it yourself. Discuss what should go and what should stay with your remodeling contractor beforehand, get a dumpster, and go for it. Be sure to wear the appropriate safety equipment, crank up the tunes, and have a good time.
Rough wiring and plumbing
If your kitchen remodel includes moving or adding lights, receptacles, or plumbing fixtures like sinks or dishwashers, do yourself a favor and hire a professional to do the work. The job will get done quicker and you’ll gain peace of mind by knowing that the job was done right.
Once your rough wiring and plumbing are installed, you can move on to drywall installation. You can do this job yourself, but a professional can almost invariably do it better. If your budget allows, hire someone who knows what they’re doing. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Once you’ve chosen the colors you’d like to use, purchase them in high quality semi-gloss or satin paint, which are both easy to wipe down if you make a mess while cooking. You can paint your kitchen yourself, or hire a contractor to do the work for you. If you’re choosing to do this yourself, make sure you know your way around a roller, and be very careful with the application. After all, you’ll be looking at your work every day.
Cabinets and Countertops
This will be where the bulk of your kitchen remodeling budget is spent. You’ll need a place to put your dishes and silverware and even an amateur chef knows the value of counter space, so plan wisely when it comes to this step. Cabinet prices vary depending on what materials they are made of and whether you use stock cabinets or order them custom. Make sure that whatever you choose is functional for you and your cooking style and you’ll avoid replacing them again in a few years.
Countertops also offer kitchen remodelers a number of options including natural materials like quartz, wood, and granite, and manmade materials like Corian and laminate. Each material has its strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to do your research before deciding on what’s best for your kitchen.
Since spills and water splashes are common in a kitchen, your kitchen flooring should be resistant to both of these occurrences. This rules out most laminate flooring and some types of hardwood, limiting your options to water resistant (prefinished) hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tile, or vinyl linoleum. The good news is that, with these options, you can achieve virtually any look you’d like. Install it yourself if you’re trying to save money and don’t mind waiting. Hire a professional if you can.
Kitchen trim is typically made to match the cabinets. Therefore, you can expect to pay a lot or a little depending on how much you paid for your cabinets. Unless you are an experienced do-it yourselfer, leave the kitchen trim installation to the pros. Pieces are often custom made and a miscut could be both costly and time consuming.
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