Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

Undertaking a kitchen remodeling project can be a stressful enterprise, particularly if you plan to take the DIY route. This article should help you organize the project and at least highlight potential problem areas.

Remember that if you undertake the research, then start to feel that the project is outside of your scope of expertise, or you simply do not have time to complete the project yourself, Goodlife Kitchens can help!

Typically a medium sized kitchen remodel takes around 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the level of complexity and whether or not any structural or major service work is required.
Mapping out the project at this stage will help you visualize all of the different elements involved, estimate time and cost more accurately, and ultimately end up with a deeply satisfying conclusion to your new kitchen project.
As a quick reference point, here are the various stages involved in remodeling a kitchen:

Creating a Budget – you need to have a number in mind for the whole project. How you allocate the funds can be somewhat flexible, but you need to know from the outset what you are comfortable spending on the whole remodel.

Setting targets and goals – Exactly what is it that you want from your project? The obvious answer is a new kitchen, but how should this new kitchen function differently from your old kitchen layout? This is a multi-faceted question and impacts heavily on the design phase. Consideration will include the way in which you interact with the space, the type of cooking you do (entertaining? Just a small family? Microwave only? etc).

Evaluating the space – again, you’ll be looking at your targets and goals to determine if structural work will be required to house your new kitchen layout. If there’s simply insufficient space in your existing kitchen, you can either acquire more space by more efficient use of the existing footprint, or you can look at expanding the square footage of your kitchen by simply expanding into another adjacent area, or by removing walls.

Design and Floor Plan – So you have your goals, an idea of space requirements and constraints, it’s now time to map out the floor plan and layout. Important points to consider here are workflow and positions of services. It might be more effective to move sink and appliance positions in your new kitchen, but have you enough in your budget to cover the repositioning of key services such as plumbing, drainage and power?
You’ll also be establishing how much counter top space and how much storage space you’ll have in your new layout, which is clearly a critical step in securing the long-term satisfaction of your remodeling project.

Professional Services – You’re at the point where you should have enough data in front of you to determine whether or not you’ll need professional assistance. You can handle this in a variety of ways. Employing a kitchen designer will allow you to have plans and material specifications created which can then be followed by yourself or any experienced contractor. The plans will be sufficiently detailed to avoid any installation hassles such as running into electrical services, or having to make last minute modifications to cabinet dimensions. All the design constraints should be measured by your kitchen designer and everything key to a smooth installation should be included on the blueprints.
The next consideration will be how you plan to install the new kitchen. Are you suitably qualified to take the DIY route or are you going to need tradesmen to complete the work? If tradesmen are needed, will you project manage the work, making arrangements with each skilled craftsmen, or will you utilize a company who provides the entire service and makes all of the necessary plans and schedules?

An important sub-set of the Professional Services stage is examining the service requirements for your project.

Electrical & Lighting – In some States you’ll be required to employ qualified contractors and should not undertake certain types of projects yourself. You may need additional localized lighting, additional service points for appliances, heavy duty / high current wiring for ovens and extractors etc.

Plumbing and Drainage – If you’ve moved the position of faucets, sinks, dishwashers or other appliances, you may need to move the plumbing and drainage. In some cases this may not even be possible without some major (costly) rework. A professional contractor will be able to advise you on this quite quickly.

Ventilation and Extraction – your new kitchen may benefit from overhead extraction fans which may or may not require the installation of specialized ductwork and power facilities.

Room fixtures – how will your new layout impact on walls, doors and windows?

Appliances – what appliances will you require to meet your goals and where will they be located to maximize on workflow?

Storage – do you have access to a utility room, should this room be styled to match the cabinets in your new kitchen, do you require custom storage solutions to maximize the space and layout?

As you can see there are many considerations when planning for a new kitchen. The remodeling project will run smoothly, or not, depending on how much effort you invest at the planning and layout stages.

If you need help with your project and you’re in the SF Bay area, give us a call and talk with our trained kitchen remodeling professionals. We can give you some good advice over the phone and try to help you ascertain what level of support you’ll need based on your own skills and experience. We also supply KraftMaid cabinets throughout the 9 County San Francisco Bay area. We take pride in supplying what we believe to be the best cabinets on the market, and we can offer you an unbeatable price on cabinets and counter tops. Why choose Kraftmaid? Kitchen Style Samples