Need an idea of what’s going to happen in your kitchen remodel? It depends, of course, on the extent of your remodel. What are you going to remodel and what kind of changes do you want to make? Depending on the answer, the remodel will progress in different ways. Here is how the remodel work flow typically progresses for a whole kitchen renovation:
- Planning, Preparing and Purchasing. The first stage is by far the most important. In this stage, you'll collaborate with the contractors, look through catalogs and browse websites. You will envision how you want your new kitchen to be. Here is where you order materials, begin the demolition and ready the room for construction.
- Major Construction. In the second phase, the ugly work gets done—preparation of the subfloor, installation of the flooring, all the behind-the-scenes plumbing, electrical installation, framing (if necessary) and drywall installation.
- Finishing Construction. After the major work has been done, a few fine-tuning construction tasks comes into play. This is the priming, painting, trim, lighting fixtures and outlet cover stage. Finally, the room begins to look more like a real room.
- Cabinetry. Your kitchen will really take shape once the cabinets come in. After the cabinets have been installed, you will install the countertop, which usually requires some additional measuring, ordering and adjustment to get just the right size.
- Fixtures and appliances. Now, you get to plug in and hook up all those fancy new appliances you’ve been dreaming about. In this stage, you may also install the sink backsplash and perform any fine-tuning of the cabinets.
- Finalize. There are always a few details that need to be tweaked at the end of a major remodel. In this phase, cabinet hardware may be installed, lighting fixtures put in, or any other minutiae that was overlooked along the way.