We all love to do something with our own two hands, especially when it comes to in-home renovations or repairs. And that is praiseworthy. Still, there is only so much an average person can do when tackling such an important room in the house – the kitchen. Not only is the kitchen one of the most used rooms, but it can also conceal many hazards you cannot predict. In this specific room, a lot of actions that can lead to potential disasters are performed, such as cooking with electricity and gas, using various electrical devices, etc. So roll up your sleeves and do what you can – leave the rest to the professionals. Here are some things that you can and others that you must not do by yourself when remodelling the kitchen.
DO: Plan Everything
You really do not need an interior decorator to decide what your kitchen will look like. Still, there are some basic things you should have in mind. Take inventory of what you have and what you intend to keep in the kitchen to avoid clutter from even appearing. There are two tried-out kitchen layout basics designed for efficiency: the work station (separate sections for preparation, cooking, baking and cleaning) and the work triangle (sink, stove and refrigerator are placed in a way that the space in between forms a triangle).
DON’T: Anything that Has to Do with Electricity
Ok, we all know that there are numerous websites telling you how to DIY – install electrical wiring and outlets. Still, as simple as it may look, it is not as easy as connecting the red wire with the matching colour. Safety issues when it comes to electrical projects are no joke. Even if it seems like you have done a great job, once you turn on the power after, many problems can occur (outlets buzzing, odour of burning plastic, or some more serious signs).
DO: Paint the Walls and Cabinets
Painting is not a complicated task, and the best thing about it is that you can turn it into a fun family activity. Painting the walls can be finished really fast, because you will not have so much space at your disposal (due to the tiles and cabinetry). Before you start with the actual job, you will have to prep the surface (clean the walls, remove old layers of paint from wooden elements, etc.). Use the painter’s tape to protect the areas you do not want to paint. Apply the primer and then roll on paint in a “w” shape.
DON’T: Tile the Floor and Walls
Unless you have some previous experience with tiling and all the right tools, you should steer away from grouting your own tiles unless you want to end up with uneven spaces between them. This may not be a dangerous outcome, but be aware that the mistakes in this case can be really obvious. Poorly done transitions, cuts and other details that seem almost invisible in the moment of tiling will be eye-catching and annoying later.
DO: Hire Remodelling Professionals
For all those things that simply cannot be done (or at least done properly) with your own two hands, a wiser choice is to hire professionals. Finding experts for renovations in Sydney, Melbourne or any other major city should not be difficult. Just make sure you ask for referrals (word of mouth is your best information source) and check their credentials and previous work. Do not settle for the first candidate, but do several interviews. Ask about insurance that will protect you from liability and how much the kitchen remodelling could add to the value of your home.
Though we believe that everyone’s two hands are capable of some DIY remodelling missions, there are some tasks better left to professionals. It is not diminishing your handiness, but appreciating the people doing what they are trained for.