Your kitchen is a space in your home that gets quite a bit of wear and tear and is often a central congregating space for your family. For this reason, the space can look shabby after years of living in it. Here are some tips for handling a future kitchen remodel project so it's successful and makes the changes you want.
1. Complete Work in the Right Order
When you first start removing the old kitchen elements and appliances to make way for the new, it is important that you remove materials from your kitchen in a calculated manner. The order that you pull items from your kitchen can make your work easier or more difficult, depending on how you attack it.
For example, if you are removing the kitchen cabinets and replacing them with new or refinishing the old ones, remove the top cabinets first before you pull out the lower cabinets. The lower cabinets will provide you with a work area and support surface while you pull out the upper cabinets. You should also pull out the interior shelves and the doors from your cabinets before you detach the entire unit, and remove the drawers from lower cabinets. This will prevent injury when the drawers, doors, or shelves come loose when you are removing them.
Remove the countertop from the lower cabinets, then the lower cabinets. Then, after you have removed the cabinetry, you can pull up the old flooring and then install the new plumbing if it needs to be rerouted.
2. Test Run Any New Layout
Anytime you are considering a new layout to your kitchen, you should make certain that the new layout is going to work for you before you actually do the work to install it. Whether you are changing the location of the stove, fridge, dishwasher, and kitchen sink, you should be able to test-run your proposed kitchen before you actually make it happen.
Draw out a tape layout on the floor designating where each new component in your kitchen will stand. You can also make a mock kitchen model with cardboard boxes or with some plywood to form the basic structure of the area. This will ensure that your dishwasher won't get in the way of your central island or that your new central island won't cause a clog in the flow of family members using your kitchen. You don't want to install a new central island and realize later on that it eliminates all your kitchen floor space and makes preparing meals difficult.