Is a Kitchen Renovation a DIY Project?

It’s all about the DIY projects these days. If they can do it on TV, you have enough skills to do the same kind of projects on your own. Sure, it will take you more than 3 days to finish your total kitchen remodeling project, but you’ve got this! Or do you?

A DIY kitchen renovation is something you are going to come to regret sooner, and probably again later. We are going to discuss what is really involved in a kitchen renovation and some of the pros and cons of trying to DIY such a big project. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, it’s best to leave it to experienced professionals. 

What Goes Into a Kitchen Renovation?

Major kitchen remodels are complex and require knowledge and skills that you most likely don’t have. There are so many different things to think about, and trying to learn and then execute all these skills in a short amount of time is virtually impossible. 

Some of the biggest parts of a kitchen renovation include:

  • Cabinets and Storage

You may be giving your existing cabinets a refresh with a new paint color, or choosing to install entirely new cabinets. Either way, this is a job for which you want to hire a pro. Kitchen cabinets are a bigger project than you may initially think.

  • Countertops and Floors

Hiring a professional to install your kitchen countertops is something you will not regret. Simple mistakes can cost you big in this area. Plus, it’s up front and center for everyone to see.

A popular DIY kitchen renovation is replacing flooring. There are all kinds of flooring to choose from, including tile, hardwood, stone, or laminate flooring. Be sure to talk to the experts about the pros and cons of each type to make sure you pick something that will work for your family and lifestyle.

  • Appliances

Choosing the right appliances for your new kitchen is crucial, as you’ll use them daily. Talk to an appliance expert and do your homework to ensure you’re not getting appliances that are too small or don’t meet your family’s needs. Plumbing and electrical also come into play here. As you do your kitchen remodel, a contractor will be sure that everything is built and prepared for the appliances you choose to install.

  • Plumbing and Lighting

Probably the most critical parts of your kitchen remodel are the parts you can’t even see. Plumbing and electrical can also be the most troublesome for a DIY kitchen renovation. A professional contractor will have team members that specialize in these trades to get everything squared away just right. 

What Are the Benefits of DIY Kitchen Renovation?

Cost savings is probably the biggest reason do-it-yourselfers undertake a kitchen remodel or any number of home improvements on their own. You can be your own kitchen designer, after all! The problem is, in the end, the cost savings that are first expected doesn’t usually come to fruition, especially with major kitchen remodels.

What Are the Drawbacks of DIY Kitchen Renovation?

There are many drawbacks of a DIY kitchen renovation that you should know about and really consider before you move forward with your kitchen demo.

  1. Do you have the right tools? There are many tools required for each part of your kitchen renovation. A professional contractor has all the tools needed to properly finish the job. Not only do they have the tools on hand, but they also know how to use them.
  2. Do you know what you’re doing? The average DIYer does not have the knowledge needed to tackle the wide range of tasks required in a kitchen remodel. Specific requirements, codes, permits, and inspections need to occur at certain times during the reno. If they aren’t, everything can be in disarray and possibly need to be done again. 
  3. What kind of construction skills do you have? Demolition, framing, insulating, sheetrock, electrical, plumbing, cabinet and flooring installation, tile work, and more are required as part of a DIY kitchen renovation. Ask yourself if you truly possess the skills necessary to finish your kitchen right. It’s not just a “learn as you go” kind of project.
  4. How much time can you spend on your DIY kitchen renovation? While you may think that every day after work, you’ll be able to put in several hours of work on your kitchen remodel, the problem is that your everyday duties and responsibilities don’t just go away. A professional remodel team can focus on your kitchen reno and get the job done substantially faster than you ever could dream of doing yourself.

Safety and Your DIY Kitchen Renovation

Safety is one of the most important reasons you should consider calling a professional instead of taking on a DIY kitchen renovation. Be honest with yourself – you will be using tools and equipment that you don’t know how to use all while trying to do a job you also don’t know how to do. So what could possibly go wrong? 

Calling a professional to do the job right so that you can keep you and your family safe, now and in the future, should be a top priority. Don’t hesitate to ask for help!

Want Professionals to Tackle Your Kitchen Renovation? Call Today!

Tandem Contracting can take your ideas for a kitchen remodel and turn them into your reality. A DIY kitchen renovation is not a good idea for many reasons, especially because of the safety you would risk undertaking such a project. While there may be many DIY home improvements you can make, a DIY kitchen renovation should not be one of them.

At Tandem Contracting, we look forward to working with homeowners to make each renovation high quality and beautiful. We love to fulfill the renovation desires of each customer by customizing it just the way they want. Give us a call today to find out more about our renovation services so you don’t have to take on a DIY kitchen renovation that you’ll come to regret.


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