DIY Kitchen Demolition
Put down that sledgehammer. A careful, methodical approach gets better results.
Most people think that the demolition is the easy part of remodeling a kitchen. Simply show up with your muscles and sledgehammers and go to town. But to me, demo days are some of the most critical on any job. Proper demolition makes for a safer site and lays the foundation for an easier install, saving time and money. These benefits can be a huge selling point to potential clients. For a homeowner doing the job themselves, the potential savings from doing it right can be even greater. But no matter who is doing the work, attention to detail is crucial.
The setup and execution for this kitchen demolition were fairly simple, and followed the same principles that any demolition should: Protect the home and its occupants, have a plan, work methodically, stay organized, and keep the space clean.
First, do no harm
My first step in any demo is to locate all utility shutoffs and the circuit-breaker panel, and make sure I know as much about the hidden utilities as possible. There is nothing worse than hitting a water line and having to scramble to locate the main shutoff. Every employee and subcontractor on site should know where these utilities are. If building plans for the house exist, study them to figure out the locations of mechanical runs and other issues you may have to contend with. If you don’t have plans, spending some time in the basement, crawlspace, and attic can turn up useful clues as to where hazards might be hiding.
The next thing I do is install floor protection from the front door to my work area. If needed, I also install protection from the front door to my dumpster. On areas that need to be covered throughout the job, I use a product called…