What to expect when you're expecting...
to remodel your kitchen
Overwhelmed by the thought of a kitchen renovation? You’re not alone. It is a large financial and emotional investment. If you take the time to do your homework, you’ll be more confident in your decisions. There are three phases of groundwork that happen before the kitchen remodel begins: planning and education, purchasing and preparing.

Planning & Education
Planning begins right at home by standing in your current kitchen and assessing what you want to change and what you want to keep. For example, you know you want to replace dark colored cabinets with white ones,yet you want your new kitchen to have a lazy susan in the corner like you have now.

Now head to your computer to scroll through the thousands of idea-provoking pictures on websites like houzz.com or pinterest.com. Make ideabooks, pin boards and/or virtual folders to collect photos of things that appeal to you - colors, layouts, storage, flooring, etc. As you build your collection, you should start to notice similar design elements across your collection. This can help you and your designer nail down your particular style.

Now, about that designer, it’s time to start visiting retail locations to educate yourself. Your first trip to the store is to learn about cabinet construction, flooring options, pros and cons of different countertop materials, etc. Since Attleboro Kitchen & Bath offers all of the surfaces you'll need in your kitchen, we can educate you on all of this in one visit. This will help you to establish a basis from which to make decisions based on what is a good value rather than just picking the first white cabinet you fall in love with.

This also goes for appliances. Do you need a 36” cooktop? What are the advantages of a side-by-side fridge? What the heck is a microwave drawer? The design of your kitchen will need to accommodate your appliance choices so go to school on what is the best for the way you cook.

Once you feel good about being able to make educated choices, now talk about style, color and conveniences. This should help you start to narrow down your choices - “Cabinet line A has better construction and is less expensive but I’m not crazy about the styles.Cabinet line B is more expensive, but it has even better construction and the style and colors I want.” Cabinet line B may cost more in the end, but it is a better value because it will last longer, and you won’t be stuck with a cabinet you “liked enough”.

During this purchasing phase, you will visit some retail locations that just draw up layouts and sell products and some that design,sell products and can also be the general contractor for the job. If you work with the first type of store, you’ll need to spend time getting separate quotes from contractors in addition to product quotes. Attleboro Kitchen and Bath is capable of working with your contractor as well as contracting the project start to finish. We are licensed and insured to do the work and will be pulling the necessary permits required by your town.

Lastly there is the contract that clearly spells out the products and/or services included in the contract price, a payment schedule and an option for arbitration. A contract protects you just as much as it protects the contractor.

You have chosen all your finishes, ordered your cabinets and signed a contract with a professional. Is it time to begin? Well, the lead time for the cabinets is 4 to 6 weeks,the tile is special order and the quartz for your countertops is shipping in from overseas. What? Not to worry. The start date will be here before you know it and you have other things to take care of before then.

The downtime between signing the contract and actually starting the job can be useful. Take the time to go through all the… well, everything in your kitchen. Purge items you don’t need or barely use and throw away what’s broken or chipped. During this time, you will also need to finalize any other purchases - appliances, lighting, faucets, curtains,cushions, etc.

Finally, your start day is here! This is the easy part! You get to relax - most of the decisions are made and you can sit back and see it come together over the next five to seven weeks. Here is a typical timeline for a kitchen renovation:

1. Demolition (1 to 3 days) - this is the noisiest and dustiest part of the project. Do yourself a favor and plan a few days away for the family during this time if possible.

2. Rough mechanicals (2 to 4 days) - rough plumbing,wiring and HVAC go in now and are then inspected

3. Board and plaster (1 to 2 days) - repairs to walls and/or ceilings if necessary

4. Cabinet installation (3 to 5 days) and Countertop Template (1 day) - the installer will set most of the cabinetry so a detailed template of the new countertops can be performed either by specialized laser measuring devices or by a series of old-school physical templates

5. Finalizing cabinet installation and Countertop fabrication(10-14 days) - moldings and hardware will go on while the countertops are being made

6. Flooring (2 to 5 days) - this can either happen before or after the countertops are installed and is usually based on the material being used

7. Countertop Installation (1 day) - Countertops are installed

8. Tile backsplash installed (2 to 3 days) - Tile is installed on day one and two and then grouted

9. Final mechanicals (2 to 3 days) - Plumbing connections are made, lighting fixtures are hung and wired appliances installed

10. Punch list and final touch ups (2 to 3 days) -Always expect a few items to need tweaking at the end of a project - a door needs to be aligned, a finish nail set in, a drawer is sticky. Make a list of any items that need attention to call the project finished. Your contractor wants you to do this so everyone is happy with the end product.

11. Enjoy for years to come!

Cindy Woyton 9/12/18
Attleboro Kitchen & Bath