11 Things You Need To Know About Your Renovation Plans

Published by Ben on April 30, 2015

Tags: Contractors, home improvements, kitchen, kitchen design, kitchen designers, kitchen renovations, renovation contractors, renovations

Your plans are critical to guide you through the planning and renovation process. Doing anything without them is just a recipe for disaster. The best outcomes are a result of carful planning and preparation. So spend the time in the beginning on the best possible plans and the results will take care of themselves.

  1. You are an equal part of the process in order to make sure everything is correct. Check and recheck all the information for accuracy.
  2. You will need to provide information on all the appliances and fixtures as soon as possible so that they are integrated into the plans otherwise they may not fit. These should come first so the plans are being drawn up with the correct spec's, delays in getting this information only means the plans have to be redone later.
  3. Your designer or contractor has to ask you for the spec's to keep the process moving ahead with the right information.
  4. Check and verify the measurements. Especially in a kitchen if one measurement isn't correct it can have a domino effect on everything else which can be a very costly mistake in time and money. This is the responsibility of the designer or contractor usually but double checking never hurts in the end.
  5. Walls, windows and door dimensions should be shown as well as aisle spaces, ceiling heights, and overall counter size for islands. 
  6. Appliance dimensions should also be calculated with the appliance being fully opened as in a fridge or range. Door swings need clearance and depths of appliances are crucial to avoid collisions.
  7. In the case of cooking appliances there are building codes and fire code clearances to consider and the appliance specifications should include this information.  
  8. Your appliance dealer can provide these or most appliance web sites provide them as well. It is a good idea to confirm these from the supplier rather then looking them up yourself because spec's are always changing. 
  9. You will also be needing a vent system indicated on the plans. Your cook top or range will have a recommended CFM vent size depending on it's BTU output. A vent can be bought with your appliance package or custom made. They can be updraft or down drafted so it is important to indicate where and how it is vented on your plans.
  10. With kitchen plans particularly we provide a legend describing all the features of the cabinets such as -door style -colour/finish-cabinet description with sizes -molding types -counter top type. Separate notes can deal with special features like custom hoods and accessories showing where they are installed.
  11. A separate mechanical plan can also be provided to show electrical outlets and lighting plans as well as appliance specs and locations for their electrical requirements. Plumbing fixtures should be specified on this plan to show where they are located so trades don't need to guess or miss plumbing for them at the rough-in stage. Many times there are extra water lines for fridge freezers, water purifiers, hot water taps, second sinks etc etc.









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