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10 Steps to Prepare for a Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation


Although renovating can be messy, the end result is always worth it!

Renovating your kitchen or bathroom can be chaotic since these are likely the two most highly utilized and centrally located spaces of your home. To cut back on the dust, disruption, and commotion that can occur during a renovation, consider following the 10 steps below. When working with Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, your Project Manager will hold a “Start of Project Meeting”, where you will discuss these logistics:


1. Parking & Dumpsters – Decide where the dumpster will be placed and where trucks can park each day.

2. Access & Lockbox – Decide which door subcontractors can enter/exit through putting a lockbox on that door for easy access.

Figuring out small details before the project begins, like deciding which bathroom subcontractors may use, will help your project run smoothly.

3. Restrooms – Decide which bathroom (or port-a-potty) subcontractors can use during the work day.

4. Set-up/Work Area – Locate a place for subcontractors to set up their saws and tools each day.

5. Material Storage – Pick a convenient place for materials to be stored throughout the project.

6. Site Protection – Putting up plastic sheets and zipper walls can help keep dust from the rest of your home, while drop cloths and ramboard can help protect your floors.

7. Existing Conditions – Note existing conditions of the area.

8. Temporary Kitchen – If renovating your kitchen, set up a temporary kitchen in another area of your home with microwave, coffee maker, hot plate, etc.




9. Open Communication – Always maintain open communication with your project manager to address issues as soon as they come up.


It is important to maintain communication with your designer, project manager and subcontractors once construction begins.

10. Visualization- Visualize the end result and try not to focus too much on the disruption that can accompany a renovation. This is probably one of the most difficult and most important steps!


Refer to our “10 Steps to Ready for Construction” infographic as a handy reference! Working with a design build firm like KBDC will ensure that your project is executed in the most organized way possible.


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