Once you’re ready to take the plunge into a kitchen remodel, it’s onto formulating the scope of work and figuring out your preliminary budget. At Abbey Design Center, our kitchen remodeling process carefully walks you through these important steps. Budget and scope are intertwined and often go through several changes before the actual design work begins. We also take care of preliminary tasks like contracts and permits, have designers who can help you choose finishes and fixtures, and we even help you set up a temporary kitchen.
After the design is finalized and approved, you can expect your kitchen remodeling process to proceed in this order:
- Protection and Demolition involve protecting the work area with plastic, floor mats, paper, and/or plywood. Demolition can be the messiest part of the job, but it can also be exciting to see the work begin. Demo involves tearing out all the old stuff and disposing of what will not be repurposed.
- Rough Framing is exactly what it sounds like: the new kitchen is framed out. Inspectors will come after framing is complete and give the go-ahead for the next step.
- Rough-Ins are the piping, ductwork, and electrical wiring that get run after framing. Each trade has their own inspector come in once their work is complete. Once all the rough-ins are approved, the walls are closed up.
- Insulation and Air Sealing is next, followed by Drywall Install and Finishing. This is also an exciting time for homeowners, as they can now see how the room will look when complete.
- Tile, Paint, and Flooring The finishing phase takes time to do properly, but the results are worth it!
- Cabinets, Doors, Windows, and Millwork The cabinets are hung first, followed by the base cabinets.
- Counters are put in after the base cabinets are installed. The sink and faucet are installed now as well.
- Plumbing, Electrical, and Appliances The electricians and plumbers now install fixtures, plates, and the HVAC system. At this point in the process, your new kitchen is fully functional, but there are still details to be taken care of.
- Punch List Preparation A good punch list defines all items that need to be addressed before final occupancy, and include a plan for completion. You and your project manager do a walkthrough to see what work remains to be finished. A “punch list” is created which typically includes things like paint touch-ups, missing hardware, and installation of parts that haven’t yet arrived.
- Clean Up and Move Out The last touch-ups and area clean up are done. Everything construction-related is packed up and removed, as well as any dumpsters or portable bathroom facilities.
Each project is unique and the steps can vary. Abbey Design Center has an award-winning design team that strives to get each project done on budget and ahead of time. Contact us today and let’s talk about your very own kitchen remodel!