Renovating your kitchen is one of the ways you can increase the value of your house. In addition, you will make your kitchen more attractive, easy to clean and functional because you will add/remove some features or appliances. For you to have a successful kitchen renovation, you need to gather a lot of information from different sources. You can start gathering information from your friends, relatives and workers who have recently renovated their kitchen.
Alternatively, you can start searching online from reliable sources like housetipster.com. After gathering enough information, you can hire contractors to do the renovation. In most cases, contractors will ask you what you prefer, what you want to be done and then offer opinions, professional advice and suggestions to make the project a success.
Remember, the contractors you hire should be licensed, insured and bonded. This not only proves they are professionals but also reliable to offer renovation services. For you to establish that they are professional, you need to verify their documents. After you’ve hired renovating contractors, there are different ways you can have your kitchen renovated.
Here are some of the ways:
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1. Replace Electrical and Install Kitchen Lighting
When renovating your kitchen, you can replace your electrical and install/replace kitchen lighting. You can have open ceiling lighting, install new pendants and/or install nook lighting. When installing or replacing your kitchen lighting, remember to check with your city code department to find out their requirements when it comes to fluorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs. If you are looking for suggestions, Allen Roth Pendant lighting is a good choice for kitchens!
While still renovating your kitchen electrical, you can replace the wiring especially if the present wiring is not conforming to code. In addition, if your circuit breaker has been surging often, consider upgrading it to 200 amps to support more kitchen appliances. Finally, each kitchen appliance should have its own switch to avoid power tripping. You can discuss with your electrician to know what you should do.
2. Replace Older Plumbing
Plumbing plays an important role in a home to maintain high levels of sanitation. If you have been having any plumbing problems, this is the opportune time to have them addressed. Plumbing problems may include leaking faucets, blocking sinks etc.
With the help of an experienced plumber, you should consider doing the following:
- Replacing your shut off valves
- If your refrigerator does not have a shut-off valve, install one
- Replace the plumbing under the sink especially if it is galvanized (it’s rusted and will start leaking soon)
- If your gas lines have a problem, have them repaired or replaced. On the other hand, if your stove is electric, consider installing gas lines.
3. Install Kitchen Cabinets
If you don’t have any kitchen cabinets, consider buying and installing new ones. Kitchen cabinets not only helps you organize your kitchen but also use available space economically. Base and wall cabinets are the common kitchen cabinets installed by most people nowadays. However, ensure they don’t touch the floor to increase their lifespan. It is advisable to hire a professional cabinet installer to ensure that the cabinets are level, plumb and installed properly.
4. Paint Kitchen Walls and Ceiling
This should be done after you’ve installed kitchen cabinets. If you are a good painter, you can do it yourself. However, if you don’t have necessary equipment, knowledge and experience, it is advisable to hire an expert to save both money and time.
5. Install Kitchen Flooring and Baseboards
You can install new flooring and baseboards if you don’t have them already. On the other hand, you may have to replace the old kitchen flooring. It is very important to get professional advice on this because there are different types of kitchen floors with both pros and cons.
Here are some options:
- Linoleum flooring
- Eco-friendly wood flooring
- Bamboo flooring
- Cork flooring
- Recycled carpeting
You can renovate your kitchen in many different ways depending on your budget, preferences and the condition of your kitchen. It is possible to do some of these renovations on your own but if you don’t possess necessary skills, consider hiring a contractor.
Brett E. is the Owner of ConsumerHomeDecor.com. Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company. After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!