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In What Order Should I Remodel My Kitchen?

A kitchen is where households spend a lot of their lives these days. That’s why creating a space that works for you and helps you bring together the best of function, form and practical application is important.

Have you considered remodelling if your kitchen is growing tired and is in need of some TLC? Kitchen remodelling is a big financial and time commitment, but there are many positive benefits – like more convenience, freedom, and re-sale potential if you plan to sell your home later.

Like any investment, it’s best to have a professional in your corner who knows what they are doing to help realise your dreams. And while you may have the best intentions of remodelling your kitchen, it can lead to disaster and cost you more money and time in the long run. That’s where a professional cabinetmaker can turn your dream into reality.

You want to ensure you do it right the first time so there is no regret and disappointment.

In this article, we’ll explain the order you need to take to remodel your kitchen so everything goes as planned and you end up with the kitchen of your dreams.

Budget and Research

Be realistic and set a budget that will allow you to remodel your kitchen but will not break the bank. It’s important not to overcapitalise on something if you don’t have the finances available to you. That’s why you want to think seriously about what you can afford and what is practical, so you must be realistic.

When you have decided what you can play with financially, it’s essential to research who can help you, how much it is likely to cost for their work and how much the items you want to install in your kitchen will cost. That’s where a cabinetmaker who understands kitchen remodelling can set you on the right path.

It is a refinement process until you reach the sweet spot regarding your budget. Until you are satisfied that the project will meet your budget, it will be an ongoing conversation with your cabinet maker until you’re ready to remodel.

The Remodelling Process Explained

Now that you’ve got the initial part of choosing your budget, you can decide whether you want to employ the services of a cabinet maker to work with on your project. Or, you can manage the process yourself. It’s entirely up to you, but some challenges present along the way during the remodelling process that require help that you may want to weigh up in your decision-making.

The list of steps below is a general guide to the process taken when remodelling a kitchen. It follows a logical process to ensure that everything is worked on in a way that seeks to avoid overlap, resulting in the best outcome for your kitchen. Let’s take a look.

Determine the Location

This one might seem self-explanatory, but it could spell chaos without understanding where things must go. That’s why it’s critical to plan with your cabinetmaker where electrical sockets, lights, sinks, and so on will go.

Of course, there will be plans to refer to, which you can discuss with the cabinetmaker, but it’s always a good idea to cross-reference this with what is in the room so you don’t hit any roadblocks later.

Insulation and Gyprocking

Once all kitchen elements are positioned, the insulating and installing Gyprock is next up.

If you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t follow the golden rule of measure twice, cut once, you could be up for a lot of money down the track, so it’s best to weigh whether you can perform this with any skill.


Painting takes patience and skill. Priming walls, sanding, and filling will likely require time, but you will be glad you did. Installing appliances that leave marks can be much more easily managed by properly preparing walls and ceilings for painting.


Depending on which way you go, the next step is installing flooring or tiles in your kitchen. Again, this can be a big job, so consider if you want to undertake this task yourself or use the services of a professional.

Cabinetry and Tabletops

If you have engaged a cabinetmaker to remodel your kitchen, this is when they will help set your kitchen apart from the rest.

Installing cabinets and tabletops in your kitchen should be done by a professional who understands the process. If you have opted for a flatpack kitchen, you can install this yourself, but it’s important to be aware of the risks of installing things yourself. Whichever way you go, choose what is best for your personal circumstance and skill set.

Taps and Sink

Installing taps and a sink will require a professional to connect the plumbing.

Lighting, Electrical and Gas

A professional should perform all lighting and electrical installation, which includes installing any appliances – like gas or electric cooktops.

It’s important to note that whether you choose to DIY or employ the services of a professional cabinetmaker, parts of the remodelling process, like plumbing and electrical work, must be done by a professional.

A common theme throughout this article is that if you decide to remodel your kitchen, you will still need help, so we recommend using a professional cabinetmaker. They can help with your kitchen remodel that way, you eliminate any risk of the building heading in the wrong direction but still give you the control and flexibility of working with them directly to get the outcome you are looking for.

Ready to Remodel Your Kitchen?

If you want to go ahead with a kitchen remodel but think there’s a lot to it, you’ve come to the right place.

At H&H Cabinets, we have been building kitchens in Melbourne since 1968, so we know our way around kitchen renovation and can help you every step of the way.

We specialise in kitchen renovations, design and installation for kitchens of all kinds, and we will be more than happy to discuss your kitchen renovation plans with you.

Our team of cabinetmakers and showroom staff take great pride in what we do to deliver you a great final product. Our pleasure comes from seeing our customers’ smiles when they walk into their new kitchens and can use their space to complement and enhance their daily lives.

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