DIY kitchen renovation – written in three easy to digest parts

Time Frame – 1 day, very low cost, skill level average


Planning a renovation? Completing your own home remodel demolition can save you a boatload of money, but isn’t for the faint of heart. Put on some grubby clothes, pull on your gloves, and let’s get to work!
There’s really no getting around this one. As nasty as something might seem on the surface, just wait until you start pulling it out and you see what’s underneath! Urine stained carpet is bad enough, but then when you have to pull out urine stained carpet pad and urine stained chipboard, you’ll understand what I mean.

Another thing that no one warned me about was the prevalence of rodent feces on a remodel jobsite. Seriously, it’s like everywhere. We found literal rat’s nests in our crawl space, and even discovered a pile of dog food squirreled away by rats under our kitchen cabinets. Throw in years of cigarette smoke residue and you’ve got yourself a big old mess of YUCK. Put on your work gloves and get over it – you’ll feel so much better once all of that crap is out of your house!

Have a Plan in Place for Trash

Definitely plan to get a big dumpster from your local waste management company. Some items can be re-used, re-purposed, or given away on Craigslist (one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!), but some stuff just needs to never see the light of day again. You know, like all of that urine stained carpet you just pulled out! We are lucky enough to have a space for a big burn pile on the property, so we made sure to keep separate piles for “trash,” “keep,” “donate,” and “burn.”

Collect Your Tools In Advance

There are a few tools that you will find invaluable for your home remodel demolition, and it’s best to round them all up ahead of time before you start your project. The less trips you have to make to the home improvement store, the better! Designate a specific location to keep all of your tools and be sure to put them back there at the end of the day. It’s no fun to spend half your morning searching for your missing work gloves!

What are the costs of DIY Home Renovation?

Costs are all across the board. Many factors come into play when embarking upon improving the curb appeal of your home. Costs will depend on the part of the country you live in, supply and demand of both materials and labor, and if you use a contractor or do the work yourself.

Is there anything like a low cost residential construction cost estimator for Do It Yourself?

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Contributions and excerpts from articles written by Annetta of the Wanderlust Kitchen

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