Getting Started With Kitchen Remodeling

Getting Started With Kitchen Remodeling

Thinking of​ remodeling or​ renovating your kitchen? Here are a​ few tips for preparation and avoiding common pitfalls.

If you have a​ large kitchen remodeling project you will need to​ set up a​ temporary kitchen a​ different part of​ the house. It's important that the location you choose is​ convenient and have unrestricted access to​ water and allow you to​ keep foods refrigerated as​ well as​ heat foods up. It's also a​ good idea to​ have easy access to​ portable cooking appliances such as​ a​ microwave, electric wok and electric frying pan. Daily life must go on and you don't want to​ be eating take-out every night or​ running to​ the neighbour’s house every time you need something from the refrigerator.

Here are the Top 5 Most Common Mistakes in​ Kitchen Remodeling:

1. Damaging the wall as​ you remove old cabinets

2. Damaging bench tops, cabinets or​ floors you plan to​ re-use

3. Not shutting down utilities before starting your project

4. Allowing dust and debris to​ spread throughout the house

5. Not allowing enough time to​ complete your project

Before You Get Started

1. Box and seal everything that will not be used in​ your temporary kitchen. Label the boxes and store them in​ a​ different part of​ the house.

2. Remove anything from the kitchen that isn't nailed or​ screwed down. This includes drawers, lazy susans, spice racks, wall clocks, art work, ornaments, pots and pans etc. Place a​ protective cover over anything that must remain in​ place while you are working.

3. Make arrangements for the removal of​ any rubbish that may accumulate during your remodeling project. if​ you must rent a​ dumpster, do so in​ plenty of​ time or​ have a​ utility on hand for removing the rubbish to​ the dump. if​ you plan to​ salvage the old cabinetry for a​ workshop or​ donation to​ a​ charitable cause, have a​ place ready for them to​ go as​ you take them out of​ your work area.

4. Before removing any major appliances, turn off all utilities. This can be done at​ the individual shut off valves for gas and water. if​ there are no shut off valves, you will have to​ turn off the main valve. The main gas valve is​ usually located near the gas meter. Remember that, once you turn off the gas to​ the whole house, ALL pilot lights will have to​ be relit before they will work again. Without very careful planning you may well find yourself without hot water when you're ready to​ clean up after a​ hard day's work.

5. Disconnect fuses or​ turn off circuits to​ the area in​ which you will be working. in​ older homes, the wiring may have been modified over the years and it​ may not be clear which circuits or​ fuses control specific areas. if​ you are unsure, turn off the main power or​ get contact an​ electrician. Never take a​ chance with electricity! in​ addition, tape over the breakers so they won't be turned on inadvertently. if​ you plan on upgrading your electrical system and adding new outlets and fixtures, it​ will be necessary to​ dismantle all existing outlets and fixtures.

6. Remove all light bulbs. Then, dismantle each fixture by using a​ screwdriver to​ unscrew the plate and the receptacle and pull the receptacle out of​ the box. Put wire nuts on any exposed wires for the interim. The bare copper wire is​ the ground and does not need to​ be capped.

Kitchen remodeling can be a​ rewarding and satisfying experience by planning right and avoiding the pitfalls.

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