Kitchen remodeling and renovations are the most important upgrades that you can make to your home. Kitchen remodeling adds value to your home, so it’s always worth the investment. Weather you just want to update the look of your kitchen, or do a complete remodel, we can help from start to finish.
During a renovation, anything is possible. We can move plumbing around, add counter and cabinet space, add lighting and electrical outlets, and even expand the kitchen if there is availiable space. If your home is under twenty years and you plan to keep your kitchen layout as is, then kitchen ronovations can be really cost effective. Many people choose to replace kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances and flooring. If your home is older than twenty years, then it makes sense to remove everything right down to the studs in order to update the plumbing and electrical. Instead of covering over old stuff, let’s get it right from the beginning.
The kitchen remodeling process
Step one – Planning and design. Again, anything is possible in a kitchen renovation. There are a great deal of kitchen renovation magazines and books that are filled with great kitchen ideas. Think of your kitchen as an empty box. How would you prefer the layout to be. Where would you like sinks, countertops, and appliances to be? Consider having the sink, refrigerator, and the range in a triangle. This is called a work triangle, and is the most efficient set up of a kitchen. Plan for better and more functional lighting. Consider adding outlets where small appliances may be. The idea here is to have a well functioning kitchen.
Step two – Permits. Permits and inspections are necessary when moving any plumbing or electrical work. There are normally three inspections – Plumbing and electrical in the wall, called a rough-in inspection. Then the final plumbing and electrical inspection. And, finally, the final inspection.
Step three – Tear out. If your kitchen remodeling project will be on an older home, or you plan to move any plumbing or add any electrical, then it’s time to get down to the studs. This makes it easier to get to the plumbing and electrical and make sure it’s right.
Step four – Plumbing. Any plumbing lines and drains that need to be moved or added are moved or added at this time. It’s also time to remove any old cast iron or lead pipes.
Step five – Electrical. This is the stage where any additional lights, outlets and switches are added or moved. If you have an older home with aluminum wire or deteriorated wire, this is the time to change and upgrade the wiring.
Step six – Insulation, framing, and new drywall installation. Before covering the walls with drywall, we want to make sure that the walls have proper insulation and that the framing is correct. Then, it’s time for drywall and paint.
Step seven – Cabinets. We can install cabinets from any supplier for any budget. Home Depot and Lowes have a great selection, you can find great deals online and from other suppliers in Jacksonville. The most important thing to know about cabinets is how they are built. Great cabinets will last a lifetime if they are made from all wood construction. Particle board cabinets will sag and will have problems later.
Step eight – Countertops. You have many great options for countertops. Many people choose granite countertops. The thing to know about granite is that it can crack and chip. It’s also very porous and needs to be sealed several times per year. My favorite is Corian. Corian countertops are non porous and come in a variety of colors and styles. We have also installed tile countertops and laminate countertops.
Step nine – Flooring. Tile is usually preferred in kitchens due to it’s water resistance and durability. Wood flooring is not good in areas where it can get wet, and it’s is also prone to being dented if cans or pans are dropped. You can find great deals on tile from Home Depot or Lowes, and also from the many suppliers in Jacksonville
Step ten – Final plumbing, electrical, sealing, and cleanup. Now is the time to add the new lighting and plumbing, seal everything with caulk, the final cleaning and inspection.
Average kitchens take from one to two weeks to complete from the first day of work. Please call with any questions that you have.
New appliance installation
Countertop and sink/faucet installation
Trim, baseboard, and painting.