Bathroom Design Process - Prep For Our Visit
Step 5: Prep for Our Visit
When completing a bath renovation, the preparations are not over when the design work is done and cabinets selected. You must also prepare for the upheaval and, dare we say it, inconvenience of the installation process. To help you weather the storm of living in the midst of an in-progress renovation, we’ve prepared the following tips that can help ease the pain.
You’ve selected the perfect cabinetry and decorative enhancements for your home, found the team of certified professionals who will install your KraftMaid cabinets, and placed your order. Now it’s time to get your home ready for the arrival and installation of your cabinets.
Preparing for the Installation
To make your home and family ready for the installation, it’s a good idea to answer a couple of important questions before the cabinets arrive and the project begins:
- Where will your new KraftMaid cabinets be stored when they arrive?
- What will you do with your old bathroom cabinets once they’re removed?
New Cabinet Arrival and Storage
Choose a large, dry area that has enough room to both store and unpack your boxes of cabinetry and accent pieces. Since the process of installing cabinets and decorative accents is typically not completed in one day, the area you use to store your new KraftMaid cabinets will most likely be the place where the cabinets are kept while the project is in progress.
Remember that it’s one large shipment and that the boxes will be heavy, so it’s a good idea to designate a room that is on the same floor as the room in which the cabinets will be installed.
When you receive your bathroom cabinetry order, have your installer compare the delivery receipts to your original order to make sure that you have received your entire KraftMaid order.
While it’s important to keep the products in their boxes until the project begins in order to prevent any damage that may occur, it’s a good idea to do a brief inspection of the items when the order arrives. To do this, open the cartons and inspect the cabinets by carefully sliding them partially out of the box and then replacing them back into the boxes until they are needed.
If you have any questions or concerns about your product delivery, please contact the retailer where you purchased your KraftMaid cabinets. They will be happy to help you with any questions.
Old Cabinetry Removal
We know you’re excited to get the process underway, but don’t remove your existing bath cabinets and fixtures until you’ve discussed the project timeline with your installer. During this conversation you should determine who will remove the existing cabinetry, when the removal process will begin, and what you should do with any fixtures that will be removed from the room.
Once the old bathroom cabinets are removed, many customers update them with a new finish or hardware and reinstall them in the garage or basement. During your initial conversations with your installer, ask about the process and fees for reinstalling cabinets in another area of the home. You may also consider donating your former cabinets to a church or charitable organization. Find out how to live through your bathroom remodel.
Live Through The Remodel
Throughout your bathroom remodeling project, you’ll have family, a team of professionals, and guests come and go through your home. Relax; there are steps you can take to make sure your home doesn’t look like it’s under construction.
- Create a clean work area. Save your professionals time by cleaning out the old bathroom vanity and cabinets and the pathway to and around the work area before the project begins. Relocate or pack away any items in this space that could be accidentally damaged.
- Seal off your rooms. Ask your cabinetry installer to block off the construction zone and vents in the room with plastic sheets. Since dust will filter throughout the home, cover carpeting with plastic sheets and protect large pieces of furniture with sheets or blankets.
- Identify the installer’s work zone. At the beginning of the project, decide which rooms the installer will be working in and how much access they will have to the rest of the house. For example:
- What room do you prefer they use as a preparation/staging area for cabinetry installation? This will most likely be the room where your new KraftMaid cabinets and fixtures are stored.
- Is there space in the garage for the installer to set up tools and cutting materials? This may minimize dust filtering through the home.
- Will you provide the installer with a house key?
- Is there an alternate bathroom the installation team should use?
- Identify the rooms that will be accessible throughout the installation. Determine how you and your family will get around your house. If the room being renovated is near a major access point, you will need to create a detour through nearby rooms during work hours.
- Keep your feet covered. Your house may become a mini construction site filled with tools and nails during the installation. To avoid injuries, wear a pair shoes indoors during the bath remodel.
- Keep the receipts together in one file. Whether it’s your KraftMaid cabinets, new fixtures, lighting or paint - keep all of your receipts together.
- Create a photo journal. Track the progress of your installation with photos and notes. This will be a great keepsake to show guests after the bathroom renovation is complete.
Keep reading for tips on how to create a project plan for a successful installation.
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Your bath will be more or less inaccessible while renovations are underway. If you have more than one full bath in your home, this should not be problematic. However, if you own a single bath home, you might understandably be a little concerned about how you will manage during construction. Either way, you will certainly have to endure some inconveniences, but you can take the sting out of the renovation process with a little forethought and planning.
- Have all supplies ready before you begin the tear out. Having all materials at hand when you begin will help you avoid any delays and keep the project duration to a minimum.
- Have a detailed plan. Determine exactly what will be done when, in what order, and by whom. This can help keep the installation process moving along and allow you to plan around the lack of availability of important fixtures.
- If you have no alternate bathroom facilities, prepare to rent a portable toilet for your family’s and installation crew’s use. Alternately, you might opt to tear out all other fixtures but leave a working toilet until it’s time to replace the flooring and the toilet itself. Some remodelers opt to have their installation crew remove the toilet each day while they work and replace it in the evening for the homeowner’s use.
- Depending on the plumbing work your bath renovation requires, leave your tub/shower facility in place until you are ready to begin replacement of the fixtures.
- You will need to make alternate arrangements for bathing until your tub/shower is restored and functional. You might opt for sponge bathing at home, or bathe at the homes of nearby relatives, friends or neighbors.
- Hang in there. Remember, the inconvenience is only temporary. The end result will be well worth the wait.