Pulling off an efficient kitchen remodel requires you to do things in a certain order, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor. No one wants their kitchen torn up for months on end, so following the steps below will save you time, frustration and money.
Here’s the right order for kitchen (and bathroom) remodeling in Phoenix, AZ. Before you begin, make sure you’ve already interviewed and hired a contractor; they’ll be able to give you further tips on how to make the process go faster:
- Cleaning and demolition: First, you need to clear out everything that will be moved, rebuilt or replaced. A good deal of this can be done yourself, which will save even more money. Start with your cabinets; remove the doors first and then unscrew the cabinets from the walls. If you’re replacing your appliances, now is a good time to arrange for pickup.
- Rough-in work: Next, your framing, electrical and plumbing changes will begin. Before you can move on to the next stage, you’ll need a rough-in inspection. This ensures that the work has been done to building code, which ensures your safety. If the work doesn’t pass inspection, you’ll need to make further changes and get another inspection before you can continue.
- Walls: Now that you have your new plumbing and wiring installed, you can hang the drywall—some people do it themselves, since it’s a relatively easy installation. After the drywall is hung, you can prime it for painting (although painting won’t come until later).
- Flooring and baseboards: If you’re changing up the floor and baseboards, you can tackle that project next—however, some contractors prefer to do this after the cabinets are installed.
- Doors and windows: If you’re getting new doors and windows, this is the point in the process where they’ll be installed. You need to know the dimensions after the new windows, doors and trim are hung, so you can hang your cabinets appropriately. Now is a good time to paint the walls and trim.
- Cabinets: Next, the cabinets are installed. Wall cabinets are hung first, then the base cabinets are installed beneath. This can usually be completed in about a day.
- Countertops and backsplash: Now that the cabinets have been hung and installed, you can add your stone countertops. This can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the remodel; if you’re getting a custom installation, they’ll need to measure the dimensions after the base cabinets are installed. After the countertops are complete, the backsplash is added.
- Appliances: Finally, it’s time to bring in your shiny new appliances. This may require calling your electrician and plumber to help install and troubleshoot any supply issues.
As you can see, using this method helps you maximize your use of your time and follow a logical order. Some remodeling contractors may deviate a bit—just ask them to explain why they prefer a different way.
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