Today I wanted to show you all the steps it took to renovate the kitchen in the house we flipped. Hopefully this can help you think through or plan out a kitchen renovation project. Ours was a full house renovation so there might be a month or two between steps, but this is the order and steps we took to accomplishthis kitchen.
Step 1 – Take it all in
We took pictures, got measurements, got bids on projects, and let the brainstorming and budgeting begin
Step 2 – Make a Plan
After bidding we knew what we wanted to spend so we made up a plan based on our budget.
Step 3 – Buy Appliances
We got this house thanksgiving week of 2012 so we went to Lowes to score a black friday deal. We bought all four stainless steel appliances for $1800. I listed this step on purpose. When you are on a budget you have to get a deal when a deal exists…not when you need it. We would not really need appliances for about 6 months into the flip. We would have paid $2400 if we would have waited until we were ready. Lowes actually held these for us until May, then we had to take them. They were in the garage for two months.
Step 4 – Knock down the wall
We contracted this one out and found out during step 1 that this wall was load bearing. We also had to have a HVAC guy come out and bid the HVAC before we could do this because there was an air return in this wall. We had to get a plan for where it would move to. A new HVAC system was already in the budget so we would have had him come anyway. Our contractor gutted the existing wall:
Then he created two temporary walls and then knocked the real wall down.
We had to have part of a wall to support the beam. We chose a 24 inch wall seperating the range side of the kitchen and the living room area. We chose a depth would fit the depth of the cabinets perfectly. I think it created nice separation for the built-ins I am hoping the new owner will install. We had to create the same thing on the dining room side, but it was a little bit bigger to fit the new return vent.
The beam went in nicely
Step 5 – Bye-Bye Soffits
We demoed the rest of the kitchen
Step 6 – Installed new windows and a new exterior door
Step 7 – Install/Move Electrical
The electrical wiring was an electrical mess in the soffits so our electrician cleaned it up and tucked it away (eventually but not in this picture) into the ceiling. We did not move outlets except for the microwave outlet. We knew we were hanging the cabinets higher so it needed to be moved up a little. Little decisions, such as this one, is the reason why I believe step 2 is crucial. Executing a plan will give you a well thought out kitchen and keep you from having to go backwards later.
We installed three can lights following the aisles of the kitchen. On the sink wall, two cans flanked each side of the window. The window also had a centered sink light so we chose to flank the window creating light on each counter. The range side of the kitchen had a can light centered. The range side was too small for two can lights. I knew that the task lighting under the microwave would also help to light that area while cooking. Putting the cabinetry back temporarily, helped us decide not only aisle space but also where the lights should go. We started by just taping. You can see in the picture above where we originally thought the island should go. I am so thankful we moved the island back in, because it helped us see that the kitchen would be too cramped where the tape was placed for the island. We wanted a good amount of space for doors to be open while fridge door was open, while cooks are cooking, so we moved the island back. One other electrical change was to move the sink light up to the ceiling. It was formerly located in the soffit above the sink.
Another benefit of bringing in the makeshift island so we could place two pendants evenly over the island. We placed a broken wall cabinet on the end because we thought we were going to add a bookcase on the end the depth of the wall cabinet. It made the island too big so we decided against it. (More on this soon) I added the scrap plywood to simulate the countertop and its actual overage for stools. The island size, counter width, and counter depth helped us mark the perfect place for the two pendant lights to be centered and functional. The electrician added wire and installed the light box.
Step 8 – Popped some popcorn
Not really. Instead we peeled the popcorn off the existing drywall. We laid plastic everywhere for easy clean up.
Step 9 - Dry Wall
We insulated where it was needed, patched the ceiling, sheet rocked the kitchen, and textured it. It all looked so much more clean!
Step 10 – Paint Party Time
We painted the wall. No floor, no trim…Easy! You don’t even have to tape or cut in. This is my favorite type of painting.
Step 11 – Installed the wood floor
The wood floor was ordered two weeks before we were ready for it to be installed. A raw wood floor, unlike an engineered hardwood, needs to sit in the environment it will be installed in for a couple of weeks to acclimate. If you don’t do this you run the risk of your wood floor, when it does acclimate, either expanding of retracting. Expanding causes buckling of floors, retracting creates gaps. You pay way to much for this type of floor so be patient and take time for the wood to acclimate. We had already installed the HVAC system to make sure we created the actual environment for the floors to acclimate. We bought the hardwood from a supplier and then contracted installation and stain out. The wood you see against the wall is the wood for the stair tread. Our installer’s method is to stain the stair treads before installing them. Whatever works!
Step 12 – Stain the wood floor
I had no part in this work except adoring it when it was done.
Step 13 – Find a new upper cabinet
As you can see in step 7 we had a demo casualty with one of the upper cabinets. It would have been more work to fix it so we kept checking at the Re-store until a 24 inch wide upper cabinet arrived. When it did, we snatched it up. We were ordering new doors and painting the cabinetry, so it didn’t matter the style of door. It had to be paintable, and standard depth and height. We found one that fit the bill and bought it for a whopping $10.
This is all for today, stay tuned on Monday for the rest of the steps. We are getting into the fun stuff soon. Have a great weekend!
Thanks for reading,