Even though you may be quite excited to add a new kitchen to your home, ripping out the old workspace has to be done with some care and some calculation. If you get it wrong, this can cause significant issues later on – so getting it right is an imperative.
The first step is to remove everything from the kitchen until it’s completely bare. You should then remove any loose appliances, beware of the cooker though as it may be still attached to the gas line and you may require help removing it.
Next, remove the upper cabinets as you can place the tools you require on the worktop while doing so. You should do this by initially removing the doors and then the rest of the cupboards. This may take some physical effort, though try and prevent leaving cracks or marks if you can. An electric screw driver can be a great aid here and make quick work of the whole job.
The next step is to turn off your water; this can be done underneath the sink for the cold tap, though you may have to go upstairs to do so with the warm water. This is often in the airing cupboard or the loft. Do this and then let the taps run until the system is empty. You should then place a bucket underneath the waste water pipe in the sink this will catch the excess water. This is usually easily done by twisting off the plastic collar and removing the fittings with a wrench or it may just be as easy as removing a push fit cap.
The next step is to remove the worktop, while taking care of avoiding knocking any piping out of place. You should follow this up by removing the lower cabinets in the same way you did the upper cabinets. Once again be aware of the plumbing at all times.
If you have a gas cooker and hob, get a qualified individual to remove it as there may be leaks or other issues with the area. If you have a boiler in the immediate area, this may need to be removed too. In the case of an electric cooker, look for an electrician to remove it to ensure it’s safe.
Radiators may also need to be removed and it’s possible to do this yourself with a little care and knowhow.
If there are tiles on the wall and they need to be removed you can do so with a bolster and a hammer. Make sure to take safety precautions.
In addition, if you need to remove vinyl, do so with a shovel or a scraping knife to remove all the glue, bumps and other substances. This is important as otherwise the material or tiles you put down will have issues. This should allow you the chance to start over and place whatever you require in the kitchen during re-installation.
Your kitchen should now be a blank canvas from which to work and allow you to make the most of the area.