A kitchen remodel can be a big undertaking—and adhering to a timeline and a budget can make it even trickier. But with a little planning, you can set yourself up for a successful renovation that doesn’t take forever or break the bank. By taking 10 days to plan a remodel timeline in 10 distinctive phases, you can streamline your efforts and optimize your spending when it comes to both time and money. So if you’ve decided not to hire a contractor or your kitchen upgrades are minimal, read these tips for help planning a kitchen remodel.
Day One: Demolition & Clearing
The amount of demolition you’ll have to do depends on the goals of your kitchen remodel, but no matter the scale, you’ll want to start making room for the new by getting out with the old. Once your plan is in place and you’re ready to do the pre-work, here’s where to start:
Day Two: Plumbing
There’s no better time to make updates to plumbing than when your walls are open. Consider whether you want to take on projects like replacing your shutoff valves, running a new gas line if you’re replacing an electric stove with a gas stove, or upgrading plumbing pieces that have galvanized. And if you encounter surprises or start feeling overwhelmed as you start planning, know that a great rule of thumb is to hire a professional plumber.
Day Three: Electrical
Speaking of hiring a professional… electric work is best done by a professional electrician who knows what they’re doing. For phase three of your kitchen remodel, work with a pro to tackle the stuff that powers your space.
Day Four: Drywall
After you’ve planned which upgrades you’ll make to plumbing and electrical, think ahead to when the work is done and you’re ready to close up those exposed walls. If you have some experience with drywall and plan to take this part of your kitchen remodel on yourself, make sure that you have the right tools (a utility knife with extra blades, a T-square, a drywall gun and screws, multiple sizes of mudding knives, a pencil, and 4×8 sheets of drywall). If you’re not a seasoned pro, there are plenty of great contractors for hire who can help complete this part of the job. Here are a few more tips:
Day Five: Painting
Before you reinstall cabinets and fixtures, you’ll want to paint your walls with a semi-gloss (this texture will be easy to wipe down and won’t retain moisture from steam).
Day Six: Flooring
Depending on whether you’ve decided to replace your flooring—as well as what material you’ve landed on as the replacement—this phase of your kitchen remodel can require varying amounts of time. Here are a few notes from HGTV’s Kitchen Floor Buying Guide:
Day Seven: Cabinets
Hiring a professional to install your cabinets can ensure they’re level and hung properly. If you’re buying entirely new cabinets, the store that you’re working with can usually provide a list of qualified installers as well as recommendations on things like crown and bottom molding and scribes. If you need to reconfigure your kitchen storage situation, now’s a great time to plan for it. And if you are painting new or existing cabinets yourself, here are some tips from Lowes:
Day Eight: Countertops
After your cabinets are installed and/or painted and finished, it’s time to install countertops that you’ve ideally planned and fabricated far in advance. Most installers require that cabinets are in place before they can measure for the countertop template, so factor this in as you plan your kitchen remodel. Here are a few more tips from HGTV on Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops:
Day Nine: Backsplash
Like flooring and countertops, there are endless options when it comes to kitchen backsplashes. Ultimately, though, you should let your personal style and the configuration of your kitchen space dictate your choices. A good rule of thumb is to take a sample of your cabinet door and your countertop with you when you go to pick out tile for your backsplash. Here are some more tips from HGTV on Picking A Kitchen Backsplash:
Day 10: Appliances
After you’ve planned all of the upgrades that require decision making and hard labor, it’s time to think about reinstalling appliances and adding all of the finishing touches to complete your kitchen remodel. This is a great time to plan for new hardware—pulls and knobs—as well as the finish that best complements your cabinets and style throughout your home. Here are a few tips on re-installing appliances and settling into your kitchen’s new look:
After all of the hard work is done, you can focus on styling your kitchen and incorporating things like cookbooks, plants and greenery, and other home décor accessories that really make your kitchen remodel pop.