Kitchen remodeling preparation is a major task when you set out to renovate this special room. There is never too much planning when it comes to a kitchen makeover. However, preparing the space for the major project will help minimize mistakes and injury. Here are seven (7) things you should do before you start the remodeling project.
Preparing the Space
So here are some helpful ideas to prepare the space for work, whether it is a minor or a major task:
1. Decluttering before kitchen remodeling
You would think the most obvious thing is to declutter the kitchen. But many people don't do this simple task. Many overlook this and find the remodeling process annoying, extremely inconvenient, and they become overly anxious to complete the remodeling process.
It is a good idea to declutter your kitchen before you begin the task of remodeling it. Removing unnecessary items from your kitchen is the first step in getting an organized kitchen. So start with three boxes and label them "everyday items", "regular items", and "broken/unused items".
Once you complete the renovation you will be glad to place your everyday items back in the space and in easy to reach cabinets. They are most likely your plates, glasses, coffeemaker, and utensils. "Regular items" can be stored in higher places" or storage spaces close to the kitchen. The traffic flow in the kitchen will also determine where kitchen items should be placed. For example, the dish washing liquid could be placed under a sink. "Broken items/unused items" may be discarded or donated. You decide.
Similar items should be stored together in the cupboard, pantry, or cabinet; for example, one space would hold all your breakfast items. However, there are some items that should not be kept in the kitchen as it could add to clutter. They are bills, magazines, newspapers, etc. They belong in a desk in the study or office where they could be sorted. Also, the refrigerator is not a scrapbook; keep magnets and paper on the door to a minimum.
2. Set up a temporary kitchen.
Set up a temporary kitchen away from all the chaos. In this temporary kitchen, you can place a refrigerator, a good-sized table, a stove or a gas grill (if it is not convenient to have one there), a microwave, and a toaster. You would have to stock up on plaster plates and cups and organize a number of canned foods in the area. You can also store in the refrigerator some frozen meals.
3. Expect that entry through the kitchen may not be accessible.
Expect that the entry in the kitchen may not be always accessible. Many times, the kitchen entry is a popular entry to a home, you may have to use other entry ways to get into or around your house during the renovation period.
4. Try to get the job complete in the shortest possible time.
Try to have the job completed in the shortest possible time. Most renovation professionals suggest no more than 5 years for major remodeling jobs, beyond which could be very annoying for your family. Also, don't coincide your project with major holidays and visiting guests.
5. Get familiar with building code requirements.
Get familiar with building code requirements, especially if you are doing a major renovation. You may get some good ideas on designing from building inspectors as well to help you make sure you meet building code requirements. However, you would need to be specific when consulting them.
6. Have you ideas for the kitchen drawn.
In order to test what works best for you, you may need alternative drawing layouts for your kitchen space.
7. Have the necessary tools and materials for the job.
Make sure you have the necessary tools and materials for the job, such as, screwdriver, hand sander, brushes. Make sure you buy the highest quality brush. Use synthetic-bristle brushes for latex paint (they should be soft and flagged); natural-bristle brushes for oil-based paints; nylon brushes for fine work; and angled sash brushes for painting face frames. Other materials you may need for the job are TSP or other degreaser, sandpaper, masking tape, primer, enamel paint, etc..
Organizing these things before hand helps you ensure less interruption for the work and the job being done on time. These are some of the things you will need to do before remodeling the kitchen, any variation will depend on the job you have set out to do. So take some time and determine what you need to do and the things you will need to get the job done.
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