The 5 steps to a full kitchen renovation

So you want to upgrade that old kitchen but you're not quite sure where to start or what to do? We will go through the 5 main stages of a full kitchen renovation and provide some helpful tips along the way.

1. Demolition

It's time to knock down that old kitchen that you have probably always wanted to do!

Kitchens are generally quite easy to dismantle. It is usually just a matter of unscrewing all the doors and cupboards and disposing of them.

The hardest part of it is probably going to be the splashback and the benchtops, depending on what they are made from and how they are fixed down.

You will need your plumber and electrician for this stage as they will need to disconnect the sink and the oven.

When your kitchen is removed you are ready to pull up those old floor boards or tiles. If it's old tiles you're pulling up, be ready for a bit of dust around the house! Make sure you wear your personal protective equipment at all times.

Helpful Tip

Try and sell your kitchen, it doesn't matter how old or what condition, just give it a go and most of the time the buyer will come and dismantle it for you. This will give you a bit of extra money towards your new kitchen, save you the demolition work and also save you the cost of a bin.

Make sure you have chosen the kitchen company who is making your kitchen before you start, this will minimise delays during the renovation work. They will not be able to start building your kitchen until after the frame stage but you can still get your quotes and lock someone in ready to go when the time is right.

Trades Needed for this stage




2. Frame

Now that the old kitchen is gone you are ready to begin setting up for your new kitchen.

By now you should have a detailed plan of what your new kitchen is going to look like. Your plumber and electrician will need to know where your items and fixtures are going during this stage as they will be doing their 'rough in' before the plaster goes on.

Some kitchen renovations may not require much in the frame stage but if you are moving around walls or adding a new wall, now is the time to do so.

If you are not moving or adding new walls you still have a little work to do. You will need to re-plaster behind the splash back (if you removed one) as the plaster has probably been destroyed during the demolition stage.

By the end of this stage you should have your walls plastered or fixed and ready for your kitchen to be measured.

Helpful Tip

If you're removing old walls, check to see if they are load-bearing first!

To save some time, you can get your kitchen measured before the plaster goes on. Kitchen companies just need the frame work completed in order to measure up and start building your new kitchen cabinets.

If you have a gas cooktop you may be required to install fire rated plaster or cement sheet behind it Check with your licensed plumber.

Note: Kitchens can take around 8 weeks to be made, depending on the company and demand.

Trades Needed for this stage




3. Installation

Let the excitement begin. The moment you have been waiting for has arrived... Your kitchen is ready to be installed!

All you need to do here is stand back and enjoy the show! Unless of course, you have arranged to install the kitchen yourself.

The main thing you need to focus on here is contacting your kitchen benchtop company and letting them know it is ready for them to measure up. If you are installing stone, it usually takes about 2 weeks after measure up for your stone to be installed. Whilst you wait, you could get started on painting (walls, ceiling etc).

Helpful Tip

Get your bench top measure straight after the kitchen installation.

Trades needed at this stage

-Kitchen and bench top installers

4. Bench Top Installation

To finish off your amazing kitchen, your bench tops will be installed.

Once again your stone mason or bench top installer will do most of the work here unless you have arranged otherwise.

Once your bench tops are installed you can give you plumber and electrician a call back and tell them you are ready to fit off.

This is where your oven, induction cooktop, range hood and sinks will be installed to a working order.

If you have a gas cooktop, this may not be able to be installed until the splashback is on as it is an open flame - You will have to wait until the next stage.

Your new lights and switches can now be fitted off and by now your kitchen will be looking amazing!

Helpful Tip

Get your splashback company to come out and measure your splashback after the bench top is installed.

Trades needed for this stage



-Stone mason/bench top installer


5. Completion

Your splashback will now be installed.

Once your splashback is in, call your plumber or electrician back to come and install your cooktop. Your kitchen will now be in full working order.

Finally, it's time to finish off anything that hasn't been done - usually the painting! Once the painting is finished, give your new kitchen a nice clean and take some amazing photos to share with your friends!

Enjoy your new kitchen!

Trades needed for this stage


-Plumber or electrician

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Please note this article is based on my personal experiences within the building industry. It is a guide only, and all steps may not apply to your specific job. Please be sure to check with your assigned Building Practitioner, Engineer or Building Surveyor for relevant advice for your project.

Always use licensed and registered trades

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