For those homeowners thinking of remodeling or replacing their kitchens, there is always one major question that concerns them; how long it takes to remodel a kitchen. The answer to this question lies in some factors such as the size of the kitchen, the efficiency of the contractor, and the nature of the materials and features you want to install in your new kitchen. This article looks at how long it would take you to remodel a small kitchen.
Day one will be spent in the demolition of the old kitchen, which includes removing the old floor, drywall and the cabinetry. This is an easier task but great caution is needed when doing the demolition so that you do not damage utility systems such as plumbing, gas and electricity pipes if you do not want to change them. You can use a hammer to tear through the drywall and a sledgehammer to demolish the floor.
- Laying the Systems
If you opted to have the utility systems removed or moved, day two will all be about laying down the new utility systems in place. This work should strictly be left to the contractors who have expertise in plumbing and electricity since a little mistake can cause grievous accidents such as home fires and gas and water leaks that might cost you the floor or the drywall going forward.
- Authority Inspections
Most states and municipalities have their own different rules and regulations concerning water, gas, drainage and electricity connections that must be adhered to. Since you do not want to be on the wrong side of the law, invite city inspectorate representatives to come and inspect the connections. Only then, can you proceed to the next phase of remodeling. All this will be done on day three.
- Wall Installation
On day four, you are going to be engaged in installing the drywall, doing the finishing and priming. This is not a hard task and you can comfortably do it on your own since you just mount the drywall using a screw gun into the wall and thus do not need to call a contractor. Remember to leave a small space between the floor and the walls so that you can do the backsplash later when installing the floor.
- Floor Installation
On the fifth day, you will install the flooring. You can go for either vinyl, tiles or ceramics. If you are installing vinyl, for example, this should be the easiest task since you just install a padding sheet below then install the vinyl sheet. It is at this stage that you should measure and make markings on the floor, where the cabinetry will fall.
- The Cabinetry
On day six, carefully measure, make and install the cabinetry. This is quite a hard task so you might want to call a contractor, not unless you have the skills and expertise in carpentry. However, with a couple of YouTube tutorials, you should be able to do it on your own. Afterward, install the material of your choice on the countertops, finish and furnish them. Great caution should be taken to avoid scratching or damaging the floor.
Now that you are almost done with the remodeling work, it is time to do the little finishing and furnishing work. Before you start painting the walls, you might want to cover the floor with a large plastic paper to prevent the paint from splashing on the floor. First apply a primer, coating and then paint with the color of your choice and you are done with the remodeling work.
You may be done with the remodeling work but it is not over yet if you still have all the junk lying all over the floor. Now it is time to remove the junk as you put it into respective dumpsters then finally clean your cabinets as well as the floor. Remember to let everything dry up before using the renovated kitchen.
If you are a handy person, you could do the remodeling on your own, although you will need a contractor in some instances such as laying the systems and some appliances such as HVAC. However, if you are the type that spends most of their lives at the office desk, then a contractor is your only option. The good thing is that on top of doing the job, they will advise you on the many options available. They will also do the job a lot faster than you would normally do.