Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Creating your dream kitchen: Step Six

Understanding the sequence of a renovation is the key to saving bucks - knowing when to organise tradies and materials to come on site is all part of keeping costs down. Here is the usual sequence for a kitchen renovation:
1. THE STRIP: Remove cabinets, appliances and fittings, ideally taking what can be salvaged to a yard that can re-sell materials or using a rubbish removal company that recycles.
2. THE REBUILD (if necessary): Relocating windows, walls and doors takes place after the strip.
3. ROUGH IN: Basic plumbing and electrics will be 'roughed in' until everything else is installed and taps can be completed and switches screwed in.
4. FLOORING: Install any new flooring if you want the floor material to be installed underneath new cabinets.
5. INSTALLATION: The cupboard carcasses tend to go in first, then doors and drawers will be installed. Levelling the base cabinets is the most important thing to get right. benchtops need to go in next, followed by splashbacks.
6. ELECTRICS FIT-OUT: Lighting and appliances can now be wired in and finished off.
7. FINAL PLUMBING AND ELECTRICS: Switches can be installed on tiled splashbacks, the dishwasher can be plumbed in and other details finished off.
8. PAINTING AND DECORATING: The last stage is making sure the room has gaps and cracks sealed (with the all-important silicone behind the kitchen sink) and painting.
Make sure you organise trades  in the correct order otherwise there may be revisits, extra work and additional costs. Be clear on what each tradesperson is doing an ideally provide them with plans that have details of the position of existing and new services (plumbing, gas and electrics), details of appliances, sinks and taps. Good luck!

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