Very important to get a permit for your kitchen renovation. Why? Well, a typical kitchen renovation will require at least two permits for (1) electrical and (b) plumbing
2. Building Inspections
BE PRESENT! You don’t want them to skip over something and miss it. Also, usually therea re two stages to the inspection: the rough-in and the final. Be at both!
3. Avoid Quick Fixes At All Costs
Never consider a quick fix for your kitchen renovation. Why? Well, you will probably need to gut the kitchen to make sure it is done right.
4. Pick Flooring Carefully
For example, wood floors, particularly laminate “click flooring” are not a good choice in a high-traffic, high moisture in the kitchen.
5. Tiling Underlayment System
Having a tiling underlayment system is very important. Good systems that exist include brands like Schluter – they require wire mesh and mortar.
6. Sealing Stone Floors
It is very important to seal stone floors before they are grouted. Many contractors wait to seal the tile until after the tile has been grouted, but the grout should be able to breathe.
7. Counter-top Maintenance
90% of people just pick a countertop based on appearance. However, it is important when you are shopping for a countertop that you think about the material. For example, Granite and other stone surfaces have to be sealed regularly.
8. Check Custom Cabinets
It’s important to know that not all cabinets are “custom”…so don’t design your whole new kitchen around some random counter-top you saw from Home Depot or Lowes. Actual custom cabinets are most of the time “built to order”, which takes six to twelve weeks. It’s work the wait because they are stronger and built to last.
9. Plan Lighting
Plan your lighting carefully and give yourself options. Think about functional lighting under the kitchen cabinets, above the sink, above the island and above the stove.
10. Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation
Last thing to remember is to invest in a good ventilation system for your kitchen and ensure that it vents directly outside your house.
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