After waiting just three weeks for our cabinets to arrive, our new kitchen installation is finally underway.
As I mentioned in a previous column, we recruited family members to serve as our installation crew. Lucky for me, my family consists of three kitchen designers and a house-flipping accountant who's done quite a few kitchen installs in his day.
So, with promises of payment via babysitting and baked goods, the crew arrived early on a Sunday morning for what I like to call Phase One of the renovation.
Phase I went a little something like this:
- 1. Me offering fresh coffee and donuts then getting out of the way as much as possible.
- 2. Unhooking/turning off all electrical and plumbing, and temporarily removing the range and dishwasher. (DIY note: unless you or one of your DIY crew members have experience with plumbing and electrical, this are two areas it may be smart to leave it to the professionals).
- 3. Tearing down the cabinets (easiest part of the whole shindig) and ripping out the stainless sheeting that served as our backsplash (which unintentionally tore off a bit of drywall along the way).
- 4. Hanging the wall cabinets (all four of them).
- 5. Installing the microwave and base cabinets (all two of them).
- 6. Templating, cutting and installing the granite
- 7. Installing the drop-in sink and high-arc faucet with a soap dispenser! . . . it's the little things . . .
- 8. Re-hooking the range and dishwasher, then turning the electrical and plumbing back on.
- 9. Standing back, admiring the handiwork they had completed in a mere eight hours, and heading to Schlafly Bottleworks for a much deserved beer.
If we had forgone the DIY route, professional installation for Phase I would have cost us roughly:
Tear-out and cabinet installation: $1,150
Granite installation: $250
More to Come!
Stay tuned for the whole story of my kitchen remodel. Next week: Phase II of the renovation - tile, paint and more!