Planning a project

Whether you plan on renovating your kitchen, bathroom or any other room in your house, home renovations is a complex area that involves multiple participants in order to get the project completed, thus requiring good planning.

In a major kitchen renovation project where walls are to be removed, plumbing relocated, new electrical outlets installed and tons of garbage dealt with, it is important to be well prepared. Nearly every construction professional will be participating: plasterer and drywall finisher, plumber, carpenter, electrician, cabinet installer, etc. All these construction people will have to be coordinated and managed in order to increase efficiency and decrease loss of time and money.

There are 3 types of projects available to you:

Turnkey: everything is done by the contractor

Mixed: the tasks are divided between you and the contractor

You are the project administrator: you are responsible for the entire project

Each of these points have their pros and cons and will involve different costs in terms of time and money. If you opt for the mixed or self-managed project, you should consider doing the project at off-peak season (May, June and July) to ensure that the labour force will be available. Otherwise, you may experience delays and problems with the quality of the work accomplished.

The following steps are necessary to achieve a kitchen renovation project:

1) Plan the floor plan and estimate (in collaboration with a Designer, Architect or Engineer) that conforms to the Provincial and National Building Code.

2) Apply for a renovation permit and check municipal by-laws in regards to your project.

3) Apply for financing from a financial institution, if needed.

4) Order the kitchen cabinets. At this stage, you should have selected the style of kitchen; have an established budget available and the floor plans should be finalized. Expect the kitchen cabinets to be delivered within 6 to 10 weeks.

Once everything has been well-established, you can begin your project:

a) Plan the plumbing: cut the water supply and remove the faucets, sink and dishwasher.

b) Demolish the kitchen cabinets and walls (as designated or according to technical plans).

c) Change or relocate the electrical outlets for the range and/or built-in stove, the plumbing, the sink and dishwasher outlet pipes (as designated or according to technical plans).

d) Install the exterior exhaust for the range hood (as designated or according to technical plans).

e) Repair the walls, finish the drywall and apply the primer and paint.

f) Install the floor: tiles, hardwood, ceramic, etc.

g) Install the kitchen cabinets.

h) Measure the width of the counter, if the counter is made of granite, quartz, concrete, wood or Corian, or the measurements of a prefabricated counter top (if not ordered through the plan prepared for the kitchen cabinets). Note: for granite or solid surfaces, allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery once the width has been measured.

i) Once the counter has been installed, proceed with the installation of the kitchen sink, appliances and finalize the installation of the electrical outlets for the counter, lamps and pot lights.

j) Once completed, only the clean-up, minor finishing touches (adjustment of kitchen doors, minor wall repairs, paint, etc.) and the installation of the back splash and moldings remain.

k) The last step in completing the transformation of your room is a little decoration! All sorts of kitchen items, stools, dishes, cookware, curtains/blinds, utensils and other accessories all combine to create a finish to your decor. Don’t neglect this final step!

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