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3/30/2011

Kitchen Reno Checklist Update

I thought that I would post an update on our kitchen renovation checklist so that you can see how things are moving along.  I’ve made a few changes to the original to-do list.  The items in orange are things that we’re no longer doing and the items in blue are things that I forgot to include on the list the first time around.

  1. Finalize kitchen layout
  2. Interview & hire general contractor (we ended up not going with a contractor after our guy bailed on us at the last minute… so far that decision seems to be working out okay, but only time will tell if we made the right choice deciding to do the majority of the work ourselves)
  3. Interview & hire electrician
  4. Interview & hire drywaller
  5. Purchase & install cabinets
  6. Purchase & install appliances
  7. Purchase & install countertops
  8. Purchase & install floors
  9. Demolition
    1. Knock down wall separating kitchen & family room
    2. Remove built-in book cases in family room
    3. Remove old cabinets
    4. Remove old countertops
    5. Remove paneling in kitchen & family room
    6. Remove old carpet & parquet flooring (we attempted to remove the old parquet, but quickly decided not to go that route… it was way too difficult to do… so, we’re just going to install our new floors on top of the existing parquet)
    7. Remove old appliances
  10. Build knee wall for peninsula
  11. Install vent for cooktop in knee wall
  12. Level floors
  13. Plumbing
    1. Disconnect & reconnect sink
    2. Move water line for fridge
    3. Install new fixtures
  14. Electrical
    1. Replace existing wiring in family room
    2. Rework all wiring in kitchen
    3. Upgrade electrical panel to 200 amp service
    4. Install new lighting
  15. Reinsulate walls if needed
  16. Drywall entire kitchen & family room
  17. Repair ceilings
  18. Paint
  19. Replace built-in bookcases & recessed area in family room
  20. Replace interior doors
  21. Install crown molding
  22. Install baseboard & 1/4 round molding
  23. Install cabinet hardware
  24. Unexpected stuff (because you never know what we’ll find when we begin to get into the walls)

So, as you can see we’ve been pretty busy of the past few days… but we’re still far from done with the project.  But we’re definitely excited about the direction it’s heading!

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