Demo Day: Steps for Demolishing the Kitchen

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

Demo Day means one thing… construction has begun!

Last week demolition of the existing kitchen started and I was full of emotions from excitement to nervousness.  After months of planning, I just couldn’t believe the day had come.

After spending the weekend clearing + cleaning out the kitchen and adjacent areas, the kitchen was ready to be teared down.

I was anticipating DEMO DAY to be rugged & raw with sledgehammers flying and earsplitting noise of walls being tore down.  Like this…

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Yay, not so much. Guess it’s a good thing with a baby in the house who typically naps for 3+ hours…

I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t get the days anxieties out with a haul of a hammer, but I got over it quickly.

A few hours in to demo day, the window treatments were down, the cabinets were out, and the contractors were well on their way to clearing out the kitchen area.

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.comDemo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

The kitchen cabinets came out first, followed by the soffit above the existing cabinets. The new upper cabinets will continue to the ceiling with decorative moulding, which will really heighten the space+ provide more storage space inside.

The ‘soffit’ in front of the window (above the sink) we discovered is a beam, which will need to remain.  Can’t take out what is holding up the house!

Beyond the beam though, we will be able to heighten the soffit, which will allow new tile to continue up and around all sides of the window.  A pretty new pendant over the sink will also be installed.

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

Over the coming days once demo is complete, other areas of focus will be the plumbing + electrical.  The electrical changes will include relocating + adding outlets, repositioning the recessed lights in the ceiling, and adding pendant lights over the island.

All the wiring for the electrical will take place now during the demo + repair phase, then when the cabinets are in, the contractor will be able to cut the exact locations in the sheetrock, so they are in the exact position that I’d like.  Not too shabby…

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

See that ugly tile?  That was the original floor for the kitchen + dining space.  I couldn’t imagine…   The hardwood flooring was installed by the previous owners and since the kitchen was already in place, they followed the footprint perimeter of the cabinets.

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

The challenging part that we’re going to encounter with our proposed plan is weaving new flooring into this area where the dishwasher once was because we are eliminating the footprint of this “peninsula” and instead creating a big ole’ island.

Once the new floor is installed, ALL the first floor hardwood floors will be sanded & restained.  By weaving in new floor with the old though, it’s unknown how the stain will take and the new floor boards might be obvious & stand out.  I was told, the darker the floor, the higher probability that it’ll be apparent.  It’s an unknown at the moment, so we shall see what happens…

By days end, just the shell of the space was left.

I couldn’t believe how everything was out & already how different the kitchen space felt.  And all I kept thinking was, it’s really happening…

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

It’s amazing how a room can look + feel so different when everything is removed.  Your eye isn’t drawn to what it sees anymore, but instead with a clear palette a world of new thoughts + ideas come flurrying in.

For months (maybe even years in my head), I planned + designed every nook & cranny of the new kitchen, but having it actually go from a dream to reality is mind-boggling.

As my kitchen adventure continues, I plan to share the good, the bad, and all the steps in between with hopes to inspire + educate if you ever decide to renovate the kitchen in your home.

Next up for this kitchen renovation… finishing repairing the walls & then the patching + staining of the hardwood floors.  After that, cabinets will be delivered.

Thanks for following along!

Demo Day: Steps to Demolishing an Existing Kitchen + Creating a new renovated space. Remodel by www.jennaburger.com

If you want to see all the posts documenting the kitchen renovation, here they are from start to finish:
Wonderful White Kitchen Inspiration
Kitchen Remodel: Before + Plan of Action
Demo Day: Steps for Demolishing the Kitchen
Kitchen Progress: Staining Hardwood Floors
The Cabinets Arrive + Get Installed
Natural Quartz Countertops in the Kitchen
10 Countertop Materials to Consider for the Kitchen
Subway Tile Installation + Choosing the RIGHT Subway
Kitchen Backsplash Tile Options + Inspiration
Choosing a Paint Color + Wallpaper for the Kitchen and Dining Room
Kitchen Renovation: The Appliances
Dissecting the Details
Kitchen Renovation: REVEAL + RESOURCES

DISCLAIMER: THIS KITCHEN RENOVATION IS A COLLABORATION WITH LOWE’S.  ALL OPINIONS + SELECTIONS ARE MY OWN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LOWE’S DESIGN TEAM.




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  1. Debbie says

    Hi Jenna,

    I’m doing my kitchen now and I’m having a hard time choosing a counter. I was planning on bianco romano granite, but ended up falling in love with taj mahal quartzite while at the warehouse. Any thoughts on quartzite over granite?

    Thanks!
    Debbie

    • Jenna says

      Hi Debbie! Great question. I’ve always loved and encouraged clients to use granite, but when designing my kitchen, I really wanted the look of marble. In the en, I wasn’t happy with the lighter granite choices – I too looked at bianco romano – but decided on quartz. It was more expensive, but there is no maintenance and it is extremely durable. On one kitchen job I was apart of, the client used quartz and it looked fantastic, I was shocked. There was a lot of variation, definitely not the man-made materials of years ago. I will probably put a blog post together more on various countertop options. Stayed tuned over the coming weeks…

      Jenna

  2. Ginger says

    If you cannot afford to have contractors and are willing to learn, (already have some experience), to do remodel on my own kitchen with the help of “how to’s” on Pintrest. My question is: to design my own kitchen is there a free app that allows me to move things around on my screen ofu laptop so I can see how I want my finished kitchen?

    • Jenna says

      Hi Ginger, Great question. There probably is some program out there that lets you input your measurements and move blocks around to create a design, but I don’t know of one that I can refer. Sorry…