Have you been thinking of remodeling your own kitchen? Do it yourself (DIY) kitchen remodeling has increased in popularity. One of the reasons for this is because of the internet and the availability of materials and detailed how-to instructions. There are many kitchen remodeling how to guides available with directions, many include step-by-step pictures, lists of materials and safety tips. Unfortunately, too many homeowners mistakenly believe that a book has exactly what they need and they end up in a mess that is over their skill level.
There are of course many homeowners who have made successful DIY kitchen remodels, but there are many more who complete the job poorly or not at all. You should never start a DIY kitchen remodel as your very first DIY project, start on smaller less complicated projects like building a deck, and then if you think you still want to tackle that kitchen project, take a class if possible, find and use a good remodeling guide. For your 1st DIY kitchen remodel keep it as simple as possible, change out the cabinets, countertops, sink, appliances and flooring, but don’t try getting into rearranging the space and tearing down walls. You may want to hire a professional to at least do the plumbing and any electrical needed.
A kitchen remodel is a large stressful project to go thru, even when you have a professional doing the job for you. When you are doing the project yourself, you will be saving money, but you will probably be doubling the amount of time to complete the project. Remodeling skills, like everything else in life, take countless hours of practice and work to develop and your inexperience will cost you in time. Remodelling contractors already have all the tools as well as the skills needed to complete your project, and you will have added costs to buy or rent the tools needed for the job.
A remodeled kitchen can add to the value of your home, but a poorly done remodel can also take away from the value. Before you decide to start a DIY kitchen remodel, be sure you are confident that your skill level can handle the amount of work and you have a plan and materials needed for every stage.