The key or a successful renovation project is to involve professionals to deal with all the elements of project scheduling.
Booking the tradespeople
Booking the tradespeople for the right stages of the process and ensure that the essential products are ready and delivered when needed is something of a challenge, due to the nature of the industry, as most tasks are short and trades people work on many projects at the same time, coordinating with the whole team.
Below are listed some of the key steps required for a typical kitchen renovation, in order of execution:
- Removal of existing cabinets.
- Floor protection laid.
- Start the building work, for example, structural changes.
- Plumbing and electrical preparation
- Installation preparation, i.e. make good walls, ready for splashback installation
- Cabinetry installation.
- Hood ducting (if necessary).
- Benchtop Check Measure
- Cornicing (if any)
- Benchtop installation.
- Plumbing and electrical fit out.
- Glass check measure if having a glass splashback.
- Glass splashback installation.
- Further visit by electrician in the case of glass splashback.
- Lay flooring (though this may need to be done immediately after the removal of existing kitchen, as in the case for wall to wall tiling).
- Installation of kick plates after flooring is completed.
- Paint walls (usually optional).
In the case of a bathroom renovation, you could expect the following:
- Strip out of the old bathroom.
- Floor protection laid.
- Builder undertakes structural work or repairs water or other damage.
- Structural modifications – carpenter or bricklayer makes any necessary modifications.
- Plumber roughs in the drainage and pipes.
- Electrician roughs in the wiring. The electrician and plumber may be able to work simultaneously.
- New ceiling and sometimes new sub-floor installed.
- Rendering or Villaboarding, as required.
- Cornices installed (if required).
- Waterproofing – it can take up to five days for the waterproofing membrane to cure.
- Tiling – this can take up to a week, depending on the size and complexity of the tiling work required.
- Built-in baths can now be installed. Installation of freestanding baths takes place after floor tiles are laid.
- Shower screen installer takes measurements for the shower screen, but the installation will be done later.
- Installation of vanities and cabinetry.
- Plumber and electrician do fit-out work.
- Shower screen, mirrors, and accessories installed.
- Painting if required (usually optional).
The time required for either a kitchen or bathroom renovation does, of course, depend on the scope, size, and complexity of your design.
Project managing a renovation of this magnitude can be a full-time job, so you need to assess whether you have the time (and patience) to do it yourself.