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What is the Best Order of Sequence for Installing the Flooring Material in a Kitchen Remodel?

May 26, 2008
There are several different schools of thoughts about what is the best order of sequence for installing the flooring material in a kitchen remodel. There are many elements involved in a kitchen remodel including installing the kitchen cabinets, the countertops, the plumbing and electrical, the flooring and appliances to name a few of the things going on during your kitchen remodel.

When exactly the best time to install the flooring is depends on your preferences really. So here are a couple of options and the reasoning behind them:

One option would be to lay the flooring down after the base kitchen cabinets have been installed, which you would do after the painting is done. The main argument for this option is that you wouldn't be wasting flooring material where it would never be seen by anyone and would save a little money in the process(little being the key word).

However if you ever changed appliances to ones of a different size or dimension you might have to add flooring later on and it would not only be a hassle but would also incur labor expenses too.

If you go with this option you would just have to make sure that you remember to allow enough height for your appliances or that your appliances have adjustable height capability and also make sure to have some extra flooring material saved from this project so if you need to add it later on you will have matching stock.

The other option would be to put the flooring material down first before you install your appliances. The amount of extra expense of using the flooring material under the appliances is really quite nominal in the big picture and you would actually save on labor expenses that would be incurred to trim out the flooring material around the appliances.

The benefit of going this route is that it would be a lot easier to move the appliances in and out on an even surface although it isn't really that difficult either way. Another benefit though is if you ever changed appliances that were of different sizes and dimensions you wouldn't have to worry about missing flooring.

So these are just a couple of different schools of thought on the best order of sequence for installing the flooring material in a kitchen remodel. Just consider which option works best for you or your contractor and go with it.
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Rebecca Noel is a licensed real estate agent and real estate investor. Remodeling houses and home improvement diy are her area of interest. Find out insider information that will save you $1000's on materials and help you get your remodeling projects done weeks faster at Remodeling Recon.
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