Of all the rooms in any home that buyers will look at the most is the kitchen. Typically, the kitchen is the hub and heart of a home and when the kitchen is drab and rundown, the entire home looks tired. Just remember that no matter how much remodeling is done, there will be some degree of demolition involved.
For instance, appliances will need to be replaced, plumbing and fixtures upgraded, new countertop installed, new kitchen cabinets hung, and new flooring put down. Many times, the demolition consists of reframing so a new door, window, or wall can be added. When reframing is done, there is some change in the integrity of the structure. Therefore, if you are planning to do the work yourself, you should always talk to a building inspector before you start the work. Additionally, obtain any required permits, follow the building codes carefully, and be sure to schedule inspections throughout the process.
For the appliances, you will need to have them removed from the room. During the remodeling phase, you can use the old appliances in another room or sell them and rent or buy new appliances to use in another room. The water for your icemaker will need to be shut off and if you have gas appliances, the gas turned off, which should be done by a licensed plumber.
The plumbing fixtures, which include the dishwasher and sink primarily, will also need to be disconnected and drained. This includes the pipes under the sink as well. Your dishwasher may or may not be attached to the countertop so be careful when disconnecting this appliance.
For the countertops, you will need to remove them by undoing the screws that are drilled in from the bottom. Just remember before pulling them off to go into the base cabinet to remove the screws that go up through the countertop. Sometimes, you will find the countertops not wanting to budge. If this happens, you might need to use a pry bar to loosen any glue.
Finally, the kitchen cabinets are the focus of the kitchen. You want to remove the upper cabinets by reaching up over them to get the base out. If you have stock kitchen cabinets, you will find that most often they are screwed into the wall framing and then together. When you remove these screws, the cabinets will come apart easily in most cases. However, if the cabinets were framed in the kitchen and built in, you will probably just have to rip them out.
Once you replace the countertops, cabinets, appliances, floorings, and maybe add a window, wall, or move the design around, you will be amazed at the difference. Also, remember to choose new light fixtures to match with the new design of your kitchen. Once this is done, the entire family will congregate in the kitchen, as it will be the favorite room in the house.