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December 8, 2021

To renovate a kitchen from top to bottom means taking on an incredible amount of work and time. While a good chunk of effort goes into the renovation itself, most of it should be dedicated to the planning stage. If you do not properly organize the entire process, the project could become haphazard rather quickly. This in turn could trigger overruns in both time and money. With that in mind, it would be smart to have a kitchen renovation checklist handy during the process.

This guide will be valuable to those who opt to take on a kitchen renovation project themselves. It’s also useful for those who want to better understand the process when a contractor takes control of the project.

Identifying your needs

Designing a beautiful kitchen may appear easy on the surface. Browse through Pinterest or an IKEA catalogue and you will find no shortage of ideas for your renovation project. However, these kitchens may not be what you’re looking for. Having your kitchen’s aesthetic appearance be the primary criteria for the construction could lead to neglect of essential elements. Specifically, those regarding the practical daily use of the kitchen.

Create a list of your criteria and determine the impact these points could have on the choices you will make. Below are a few examples:

  • Material quality
  • How easy cleaning the area is
  • Kitchen ergonomics
  • Amount of storage space

Determining the budget

The budget is a crucial addition to any kitchen renovation checklist. Make a calculation of the total amount that you are willing to spend on the kitchen renovation. It’s possible that this amount is unrealistic and not based on the exact figures. From here, you can go further into detail in one of two ways. You could look at all the elements pertaining to the project. Alternatively, if you have a general contractor working on the project, you could talk to them.

Read our article Cost of Renovation vs. New Construction Commercial to learn more about renovation costs.

Repairing existing structures

When it comes to cabinetry, flooring, and backsplash tiling, repairs are a necessary factor to keep in mind. There could be pieces of damage that require thorough repairs before the kitchen renovation can commence. In this sense, it would be wise to clean up the area before an inspection takes place. Doing this will allow your contractor to properly check out the damage and plan structural repairs that will support new features in your kitchen.

Evaluating plumbing and electrical systems

Lighting for a new kitchen requires extra wiring or rewiring, so make sure that you employ an electrician. Alternatively, consult with your contractor about subcontracting the work to a professional electrician. Another component in the electrical work is moving existing appliances and installing new ones.

Because plumbing is a major part of your kitchen, you should assess its design before installing other important features (ex. cabinets). Plumbing will run through the dishwasher, kitchen sink, and probably the fridge. Similarly, the gas lines might need to run to the oven or stove. Be sure to hire a qualified plumber to evaluate your plumbing system and install it.

Countertop, backsplash, and flooring installation

The counter is a crucial component in the layout of a kitchen. As such, it is another important part of your kitchen renovation checklist. Because of this significance, you must not take the selection of the surface’s material lightly.

  • Marble: High-end, waterproof, and resistant, but expensive.
  • Ceramic: A classic that has models for every taste no matter the budget.
  • Wood: Offers both affordable and expensive options, depending on the quality.
  • Granite: A resistant surface that’s available in an array of colours and patterns.
  • Quartz: Ultra-resistant with an extravagant aesthetic appearance.
  • Slate: A heavy material demanding a solid structure and providing an appealing aesthetic element.
  • Corian: Offers an adaptable surface to create different shapes.
  • Metal (ex. copper, stainless steel, zinc) – Often associated with restaurant kitchens and diners.
  • Laminate – Typically resembles the appearance of more expensive materials.
  • Concrete: Raw material that, while hard to maintain, allows creativity regarding the colours, textures, and elements that can be integrated.

Tiles frequently help create a stylish – not to mention low maintenance – appearance. The installation of backsplash and flooring is executed with the latest methods and is done so permanently. Therefore, you should select a design that you are most comfortable and in love with.

Conclusion for your kitchen renovation checklist

With the right kitchen renovation checklist, you will have a proper understanding of various stages in the project. It is better to go in with a helpful guide to consult than to go in unprepared. To get a quote for your kitchen renovation project, contact our Mississauga construction location. Moreover, to learn more about renovation, be sure to check out The Ultimate Renovation Checklist.