Installing a Kitchen Yourself

It is not always that you will have the resources to install the kitchen fittings and fixtures. In addition, you might have enough money to cater for all the necessary repair work, but still desire to have a personalized touch to your kitchen. This calls for DIY kitchen installation. Though it may sound like a huge task, with some few skills and a lot of patience, you can pull it off.

To perform the right job, you need to have the right tools. There are certain power tools that you need, such as an electric screwdriver and screw bits, a saw for cutting the counter boards, measuring tape, a C-clamp and a pencil to mark out the areas after measuring. Ensure that you get them from a reputable hardware store, and if there is any assembling that is needed, you know how doing it properly.

Outdoor kitchens are just as easy to do as indoor kitchens, only that they require a little more attention to detail. First, you need to get a location for the kitchen, somewhere easily accessible from the indoor kitchen, while at the same time keeping it a distance away from direct sun and children’s play areas. Outdoor kitchens also require permits from the local housing authorities, so ensure you have handed in your plans for approval. Nail together strong wood boards to form the base of the counter, as well as the shelves.

The wood should be rot-resistant. You can opt to use stone or concrete to line the cabinet boards to add to the strength of the boards. Remember to leave ample space to install the sink. Drop-in sinks are the best since they are easy to install. However, you will need the assistance of a qualified plumber to connect the plumbing system from the interior to the outdoor kitchen. Do not attempt this if you are unqualified as you could end up messing the entire system. A lockable storage system is best in order to avoid kids and pets from reaching the foodstuffs. Leave out enough counter space for chopping and other jobs.

Appliances come next. The appliances all need to be shielded from direct sunlight and from rainwater. Some are made specifically for the outdoors and are weatherproof. Call your electrician and ask them to help you in purchasing the right ones. They should also perform the wiring from the house to the outdoor kitchen. Before you set off on the wiring, have the appliances laid out where you want them so that you can easily determine the length of cables needed. The plumbing system should be as far as possible from the electrical system to prevent the risk of fire and electric shock. It is at this point that you should set up the lights and cooling systems, if necessary. Stock up on groceries and you are good to go.

Anyone that is thinking of doing a kitchen, be it in a new house or some minor kitchen remodeling, should remember planning is the most important. Draw up accurate scales of the plan, come up with budgets, and do proper research. Do not hesitate to call in a professional when you need help.

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