Remodeling a kitchen can include not only the expansion or division of an existing kitchen through the erecting of new walls, but also the replacing and updating of existing flooring, countertops, cupboards, fixtures, and appliances.
When erecting a kitchen wall, the frame must be aligned along a flat plane. A simple ten foot wall can be erected in about two hours using vertical and horizontal members called studs and plates, which are prepared on the floor and then raised and nailed into place at the ceiling joists.
Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops
Along the walls, countertops and cabinets can be installed for efficiency, durability, display, and accents. Those countertops and cabinets which are covered with plastic laminate are the most common surfacing choice as they are durable and economical. Countertops have a curved front lip and a backsplash along the back which needs to be secured flush against the wall. Chosing kitchen countertops is almost as important as the installation process. It will generally take around three hours to prepare and install a mid-sized countertop, while each cabinet will take about a half an hour. The installation and of both countertops and cupboards requires assistance, and it oftentimes in the interest of time and quality, it may be best to hire a professional.
Kitchen Sinks and Appliances
Remodeling may also include the trading out of an old kitchen sink. Kitchen sinks may be made of several different materials including cast iron, stainless steel, or plastic composite, and are installed by placing putty on the rim and clamping the sink down on the countertop. The process of removing the old sink involves turning off the water, draining the lines, and disconnecting the supply lines and mounting clips before prying the old sink up. Because of the removal and reconnecting involved with replacing a sink, this part of kitchen remodeling process is done near the end and can last several hours or even half a day. New appliances such as gas stoves or electric stoves, refrigerators and freezers can be compared and contrasted for features and requirements that compliment the remodeling as well as the lifestyle of the household.
Some Kitchen Remodeling Tips
Kitchen remodeling can be stressful due to the restricted access to meals and beverages during the remodeling process. Be sure to set realistic expectations for the time allowed for a complete remodel. Precise preplanning and hiring a contractor and laborer for specific aspects of the process, like plumbing and rewiring, can ease the stress and shorten the duration of the project, and replace the added expense of having to dine outside of the home for an extended period of time.
If you are expecting a big bill in your remodeling assignment, you can tap into the equity you've built in your home and do a cash-out refinancing. Several reputable providers can help you find best mortgage rates to suit your needs.
For further information on kitchen remodeling see the following article from HomeDoctor.net: Kitchen Remodeling Ideas.