First step in a kitchen remodel is the design layout
We as home improvement experts do kitchen remodels in the Havertown area. The initial step is to create a design drawing, a plan of the placement of the cabinets and appliances in the kitchen space. Upper and lower cabinets come in a variety of sizes. The upper cabinets are made in a variety of heights including 30”, 36” and 42” tall. The cabinetry layout includes placement of the sink, refrigerator, conventional oven, microwave and dishwasher. Also a ventilation hood or microwave is normally placed over the stove.
Selecting the kitchen cabinets
Kitchen cabinets come in many different types, styles, designs, shapes and sizes. Cabinets are made from hard and soft woods, melamine, and plywood and stain or paint them. Cabinets are made in different qualities. The stronger and better built cabinet will withstand more use and abuse than others and will last longer.
Preparing the room for the new kitchen cabinets, Demo of existing kitchen cabinets – removing the outdated cabinets
Once the kitchen remodel is underway, first we remove the old kitchen cabinets. Then the counter-top is removed. The back-splash is also removed because the new sized cabinets probably have a different configuration. The height and width of the new cabinets are usually different from what they’re replacing.
Hanging the new kitchen cabinets
The cabinets are also screwed to one another side to side. The bottom of the lower cabinets rest on the floor and are screwed to the walls. The upper cabinets are carefully leveled and hung with screws that go through the drywall or plaster. They are attached to the studs of the house using special large headed screws.
Installing the custom trim over the upper cabinets and crown molding
We install the cabinet head trim once the upper cabinets are in place. That is, we fit this crown molding around the top of the cabinets. The trim pieces came included with the purchase from “Cabinets To Go”. Therefore, we mitered each piece to match the dimensional flow of the upper cabinetry. It’s among the trickiest part of the kitchen install because of the angles of the cuts necessary.
Lose the Soffit
It used to be that soffit was often installed over the upper cabinets. But today the crown molding is installed variously between the cabinets and ceiling or simply on top of the cabinets. This is part of a modern kitchen.
Installing the counter-top, under cabinet lighting, microwave, dishwasher, & radio in the kitchen
Once the lower cabinets have been leveled and attached to the walls the counter-top can be installed. Often the Formica counter-tops have a back-splash molded into them. And sometimes stone counter-tops have low back-splashes at the counter’s back edge. Either is probably a good idea.
Installing the sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher
Stainless steel sinks are often chosen in new kitchen designs. These are epoxy glued on the bottom of a stone counter-top. Porcelain were once the gold standard of Formica counter-tops sinks, but they’ve faded out of style. Barn sink are becoming popular today, but they have special installation considerations. Work the sink style into your design as it can be a focal point of the kitchen.
Installing the back-splash
A ceramic or porcelain tile backs-plash is installed on top of the counter-top. Once attached the lines between the tiles gets grouted, and after it has dried, it is sealed. This helps facilitate the cleaning of the area and stops water incursion. Stone counter-tops require a sealer on them as well, unless they’re quartz. But I like granite because of it’s lower price tag.
Kitchen Remodel in the Havertown Area
This kitchen in Havertown was remodeled creating the look our customer had in mind. We also did our part in staying within their budget. We can do the same for you, and thanks for reading this! You may also want to see our Kitchen Remodel page for some more ideas.