Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned the Hard Way

3 Common Problem DIY Homeowners Tend To Find During A Kitchen Remodeling Project

That old kitchen you have in your home may be functional, but maybe it is really lacking. If you are like a lot of homeowners who spend a lot of time surveying shows like Design on a Dime or This Old House, you will assume that you should be able to tackle the remodel of your kitchen on your own. Unfortunately, kitchen remodeling is not a DIY job if you don't have the proper tools and experience, especially if you live in an older home. Here is a look at some of the most common problems unwitting DIYers tend to find when attempting to remodel their own kitchen. 

Excess layers of different textiles that are hard to remove are common. 

The older your house is, the more times it has probably been manipulated and changed by homeowners before you. Therefore, it is not at all uncommon to find after starting a remodel project that you have several layers of material to dig through just to get down to a solid layer to work with. For example, you could pull up tiles on the floor and discover that beneath them there is a subfloor, but also a layer of outdated vinyl and wood floor planks. In some cases, you will not have to remove every layer of material to start the remodel, but in many situations, you will have no choice and this can be incredibly time-consuming.

Cabinetry that is an odd size is a possibility. 

These days, you don't necessarily have to work with a custom cabinet shop to get cabinets for your kitchen because you can typically find made-to-order cabinets through local home improvement store. unfortunately, if your house is old-fashioned, there may not be a ready-made size that will fit quite right in your kitchen. It is not uncommon for older houses to have cabinetry that is far taller than usual, far deeper than usual, or even more oddly shaped than usual. 

Plumbing fixtures may be harder to remove because of outdated hookups. 

Perhaps you want to leave your sink in place and don't have plans to upgrade your plumbing, but want to remove the faucets. Unfortunately, removing that outdated faucet may be harder than it looks. Older homes are pretty notorious for having old plumbing hookups that deteriorate so badly with age that it becomes almost impossible to take off connected components without removing everything else as well. 

To learn more, contact a company like Di Salvo Construction. 

About Me

Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned The Hard Way

One of the most challenging times for me as a homeowner was when my family was growing but my house was not. We were quickly running out of room and things felt cramped. That's when I started looking into the possibility of remodeling the house to add a couple of extra bedrooms and expand the living area. I had no idea how complex the process would be or what was involved, but I learned a lot along the way. Now that the work is done, I have created this site to help teach others what I didn't know going into the plans. I hope that the information here empowers you and makes your upcoming remodeling project easier.


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