When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, whether you’re simply updating cabinets and countertops or are performing a complete redesign, it’s vital to get the prepping phase right. With the right preparations, you’ll set the stage for your project to go as smoothly as possible and can even save money along the way. Here are some important steps to follow before you begin your kitchen remodeling project:
Relocate Valuable Items
From family photos and the kids’ latest drawings to expensive artwork and high-tech countertop appliances, it’s likely you have some sort of valuable belongings in your kitchen. Whether it’s fancy decor or things with sentimental value, moving these items away from the kitchen before your remodel will keep them safe from dust, debris, or a potential accident that may occur during the construction phase of your project. If an item of value cannot be moved, you can protect it with tarp or a drop cloth – just make sure whoever is involved in your remodel knows the item is there and to use caution when working around it.
Establish a Plan for Mealtime
If your remodel is on a larger scale and will prevent you from using your cooking or dining spaces for more than a day or two, it’s essential to plan ahead for meals. If it’s convenient, consider moving the refrigerator and/or microwave to another room of the house that will be easily accessible during the remodel. Make plans to order delivery or eat out if your budget allows. If your home includes an outdoor kitchen, plan on making meals on the grill while your kitchen is being renovated.
Protect Your Kitchen Floors
If new kitchen floors aren’t in your remodeling plans, it’s good to cover them securely before beginning your renovation. Hauling in new kitchen appliances can lead to scratched or chipped flooring, and if you’re painting the walls or cabinets, you’ll want to keep paint from dripping or spilling on the floors. Whether you cover and seal the kitchen floors with a drop cloth and strong tape or you find some scraps of carpeting to lay down before construction begins, the right preparation can ensure your flooring isn’t compromised during your remodel.
Seek Kitchen Design and Product Advice
You might have found your dream kitchen while browsing online, but it’s important to consult with a kitchen design expert to help you adapt the design to your specific space. The last thing you want is to realize during construction that your existing layout just doesn’t work for your intended design. The professional kitchen designers at The J.F. Johnson Lumber Company would be happy to offer expert advice and ensure your kitchen remodeling ideas are a good fit for your space.
Additionally, taking the time to find quality and affordable products for your new kitchen can allow you to create your dream kitchen without exceeding your budget. Whether you’re looking to add new kitchen countertops, replace the cabinets, install new hardware, or update the sink, we have a variety of product options to best suit your kitchen needs. Contact us today to learn more!