Complete remodelling of your kitchen from scratch can be a huge undertaking. You need proper planning and budgeting to keep the remodelling project on track.

If you choose to hire a licensed builder, the budget will increase, but it might take months if you try a hands-on DIY approach. So, it’s best to find a middle ground when it comes to kitchen remodelling that can be both beneficial and budget-friendly. 

Plus, it requires extensive planning and a lot of grunt work to remodel a kitchen. But, the real question is - where to begin all of it? That’s why we’re here to discuss the fundamentals of renovating your kitchen.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started! 

What Are The Basic Kitchen Remodelling Steps? 

Kitchen Remodel In Progress With Tools

Step 1: Assess Your Needs And Budget 

The first step of kitchen remodelling is to assess your needs. Is the space too small for cooking? Do you not have enough cupboards to store food? Identify what’s lacking in your existing kitchen design and plan your remodelling accordingly. 

The next part of this first step involves budgeting because you don’t want to go bankrupt while remodelling your kitchen. You might want to install a natural stone countertop, but you may run out of the budget without proper cost estimation while kitchen remodelling. Hence, it’s essential to plan out everything so that your budget can meet your desires and requirements

Step 2: Plan Your Kitchen Design 

Once you’re clear about your kitchen requirements and have a flexible budget estimation, it’s time to plan the new kitchen design. It’s best to stick to the five basic kitchen designs, like the one-wall design, corridor design, L-shape design, double-L design, or the U-shape design. All these designs are based on the traditional workflow model of the kitchen. 

After you’re done with the initial design planning, it’s time to bring in professional designers who can help you plan the kitchen interior. When all the drawings and planning of your new kitchen layout are done, you can order the necessary materials to start the actual remodelling work. 

Step 3: DIY Or Hire A Professional Contractor 

Now, you can hire a general contractor or licensed builder for the remodelling work who’ll supervise the entire project without you needing to lift a finger. Builders will usually come with their team of sub-contractors to carry out different parts of the project. 

However, if you choose to hire a general contractor from a large firm, be ready to pay 10-15% of the total project cost as commission. You can also hire your own sub-contractors instead of hiring a general contractor to cut down the expenses. 

Another option is to get your hands dirty and do it yourself! If you’re well-experienced in handling such ginormous remodelling projects, a DIY approach can save you a lot of money. But, it’s not ideal for amateurs because it requires some serious technical skills. In that case, hiring a general contractor is your best bet. Be sure to do your research, and ask all the necessary questions.

But, before you can start any remodelling work, get the required building permits from the local authorities to avoid any legal dilemmas. 

Step 4: Brace Yourselves

Remodelling your kitchen will require a lot of demolition and construction, so it’s best to find an alternative where you can cook the daily meals for the time being. Any home bar or recreation room that comes with a sink can come in handy for cooking meals and dining during this time. 

You can also consider storing pre-cooked meals in the freezer that’ll last for days. Or, you can simply stick to ordering take-out food or dining out to avoid the entire cooking ordeal while your kitchen is under construction. 

Step 5: Demolition And Groundwork

The demolition takes some serious muscle power, so be ready to get those sledgehammers ready. Usually, the carpentry crew is involved in taking apart the old kitchen layout and building the new design.

Depending on your level of remodelling, the kitchen might require some major constructional changes. Are you planning to have an open-floor design by taking down the kitchen walls? Do you want a new cupboard space? Only after you know the answer to these questions, you’ll be able to go ahead with the remodelling. 

So, the demolition work will involve tearing down the old walls and paints and building something from the ground up while redoing the kitchen. 

Remodelling Kitchen From Wood To White

Step 6: Wiring And Plumbing 

After the demolition and kitchen layout is done, it’s time to move on to the finer details. If you want a fully-functional kitchen, you need to think about the electrical wiring and plumbing lines. Depending on your kitchen design, you can stick to the existing plumbing and electrical wiring or update the entire system. 

However, if the plumbing lines stay in the same place, it’s best to change the old pipes with new and durable models like PEX pipes. Similarly, you might need to upgrade the electrical lines to use heavy kitchen appliances. Once the plumbing and wiring are done, a building inspector will check the installations before you can move further with the remodelling. 

Step 7: Ceilings And Walls 

Now, it’s time to make your kitchen look aesthetically pleasing after all the labour-intensive grunt work. Once all the plumbing and wiring are completed, the drywall is installed, and the ceiling and walls are primed and painted. 

You can also choose to use some beautiful wall tiles instead of simply painting the kitchen walls. Plus, this is the stage where you can work on installing a ceiling texture. You can install the drywall, and continue with priming, texturing, and colouring all by yourself to save some money. But, professionals can do all these much faster and with utmost perfection at a fairly reasonable price. 

Kitchen Splash Back Tiles Dark

Step 8: Floor Installation 

After the walls and the ceiling, it’s time to work on the kitchen floor. Based on your preferences and budget, you can choose sheet vinyl flooring, ceramic tiles, engineered wood, laminate flooring, or solid hardwood flooring options. Sheet vinyl is the most affordable flooring option for your kitchen, while laminate flooring is the most popular choice because of its easy installation. 

At the same time, installing a ceramic tile floor can be quite labour-intensive, but it works perfectly in a modern kitchen because it’s easy to clean. However, hardwood flooring is not a popular choice for kitchens because water can ruin the hardwood coating. 

Step 9: Install Cupboards And Cabinets

As your kitchen remodelling is almost done, you will need to install the cabinets and cupboards. You can go for custom-made cupboards and cabinets if you have the right budget. 

Additionally, you can work on installing the kitchen countertops by choosing the right material. You can choose natural stones, like granite or marble, ceramic tiles, or synthetic materials for your countertops. Just make sure that your countertops are perfectly flat while installing them

Step 10: Install Fixtures And Appliances

Now, it’s time to get all the necessary kitchen appliances and install the plumbing and electrical fixtures, like kitchen faucets and lights. This is the stage when the kitchen becomes fully functional. Call in your plumbers to set up the faucets and dishwasher.

Also, connect the electrical wires with power sockets and install the kitchen lights. So, all the final connections and touch-ups are completed in this stage to make your kitchen completely ready to use. 

Geometric Lights In Kitchen

Getting Ready To Renovate Your Kitchen

You need to invest both time and money when it comes to kitchen remodelling. Proper planning and designing are crucial for successfully carrying out such a mammoth project. That said, after going through our article, we hope you have a better idea regarding where to start and what to do while remodelling your kitchen from square one. 

And once all the remodelling is done, it’s a good idea to sit with your contractor and go through the entire project checklist. Plus, you also need to complete all the remaining payments once your new kitchen is up and running. Keep a close tab on all your remodelling expenses to avoid any budget issues at the end of the project. 

You can also speak to our professional and experienced team at Final Touch. We are the top Sydney builders for renovation and remodelling projects. Call us to speak with one of our friendly staff today!

And on that note, we’ll sign off. Take care! 

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