After the design for your remodel is completed it's now time to start on the remodeling work. The order of the steps you take to complete a kitchen remodel can also be used to complete a bathroom remodel.
As with all phases of your remodel, it's best to start with a scope of work. List out what you need to remove from your kitchen.
I like to start with disconnecting the sink, faucet, dishwasher, and fridge water line from incoming water and drain lines.
Always make sure to check that your water shutoffs are not leaking. In most cases I add a compression cap to the shutoff valves to prevent small leaks.
After the plumbing is complete, next is electrical items, and then any gas items. For electrical items I take the time to shut the power off at the electrical panel, then double check that all items are disconnected from their power sources prior to disconnecting.
Based on the extent of your kitchen remodel, what you demo from here will vary. In most cases for our remodels we remove the following items:
- Base Cabinets
- Upper Cabinets
- Do not remove drywall with a power saw unless you are 100% sure what is behind the drywall.
After demolition is completed, framing is next. Framing will be needed if you are moving a door, or window. In some cases, framing may not be needed.
Mechanical Rough-Ins include, HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical.
- HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning) - includes moving vent lines, return lines, and gas lines.
- Plumbing - if the plumbing is staying in the same location, I like to remove water shutoffs and cap water lines. If plumbing is being moved, then water lines and drain lines are moved and then capped.
- The shutoffs can be added on the final, when plumbing items are connected.
- Electrical - not be repetitive here! Based on your scope of work, the amount of electrical work needed will vary. In most cases I remove and replace outlets, switches, and lighting.
- Often, our clients add lighting, and outlets.
Now is the time to complete your required inspections for framing and mechanical work.
The next steps will also vary regarding the amount of the items listed below, if any, based on your remodel.
- Final Mechanicals
The steps when completing your kitchen remodel can vary, and the scope of work will be determined by the extent of your remodel. Invest your time and prepare a detailed scope of work for each phase of the remodel. This will help prevent costly mistakes and frustrating delays. The steps taken for a kitchen remodel can also be used as a guide for a bathroom remodel, or a basement finish.
In conclusion, completing a remodel is rewarding, and knowing the process can be beneficial, whether you are hiring a professional or completing your remodel yourself.
At Excel Builders, we pride ourselves with working with great clients. If you are ready for a new remodel to your home, now is the time. Give us a call at 612.306.4064 to discuss your remodeling ideas.
As a Design and Build firm we focus on designing your remodel first. Once the design is complete, it is time to focus on the build. We complete residential remodels including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, additions, and whole house renovations.