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Monroe, UT
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Getting Started on your Kitchen Remodel

Careful planning is the key to any kitchen remodel whether you are planning a complete remodel or just a few cosmetic changes. This planning will save you time and minimize any problem that may arise.

In general, there are a few different factors that will determine the extent of your project. They are time, budget and space. It is more efficient, if possible, to do a full remodel rather than to make small changes at a time. This is partly because it will be less expensive in the long run plus changing out some things will make it necessary to change out others. For instance, if you want to get new counter tops, you may end up having to damage the lower cabinets to get them up. If so you will need to replace all of your cabinets include your upper cabinets in order to coordinate them with the new lower ones.

While a full remodel is the preferred method, it will be messy, inconvenient, challenging, time consuming and may require framing, drywall, plumbing, electrical, and tile work. You will be with out a full functioning kitchen for the duration of the project so make sure you plan accordingly. Before do start your remodel, you will need to decide how much of the work you will need to contract out and how much you can do yourself. On one hand, finding a contractor that can work on your time table can sometimes be challenging. On the other hand often do-it-yourselfers will often take much more time to do the actual work because of unexpected circumstances.

Unless you are experienced with plumbing, you should set aside money in your budget for a plumber and you should always hire a qualified electrician for anything more extensive than replacing a light switch or receptacle (even that will require an electrician if you have no experience with this) You might also want to consider using an architectural drafting service to develop your plan. Remember that the plumbing and electrical must comply with local building codes. Codes may vary from place to place. Qualified plumbers and electricians should be aware of the proper codes. The proper permits must also be obtained and work may need to be inspected. Any work that is done without the proper permits is illegal and may void your homeowners insurance.

You will need to set a budget for materials as well as the amount you are willing to pay for services that you don’t do yourself. You should estimate the cost of appliances, fixtures, cabinets, pipe, fittings, lumber, and finishing materials such as dry wall and trim. You may also have additional costs involved in decorating such as window treatments.

Things you may need to consider when planning your new design are accessibility, convenience, and storage. As far as accessibility is concerned, doors should open inward and away from appliances, floors should be “non-skid”, and countertop edges should be smooth and rounded, major appliance doors should have plenty of clearance in which to open. Features that can make your kitchen more convenient include double sinks and island sinks, microwave hood combos, adequate natural lighting, easy-to-clean floors and counter tops, good ventilation, double ovens and large capacity appliances. Storage issues that you should address include counter space, cabinet and pantry space, pot storage such as hanging pot racks, and plenty of wide deep drawers for utensils and small appliances.

Some of the jobs included in your kitchen remodel that are commonly done by the do-it-yourselfer include, demolition, dry wall, tile, cabinet installation, faucet installation, fixture installation, light fixtures, switches and electrical outlets, and major appliance installation. Jobs that are often best left to professionals are rough electrical wiring (wiring from the electrical source to the receptacle boxes), rough plumbing (water lines from the water source up to, but not connected to, the fixtures and waste pipes from the area under the fixture to the sewer or septic system) and framing. Naturally, any of the above that you don’t feel comfortable doing yourself should be done by a professional.

 
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