DIY Kitchen Demolition Begins
With the kitchen remodeling plan finalized, today I rolled up my sleeves and got started with the kitchen demolition.
Method Behind the Madness
The demolition will start with the tearing down two of the walls making up the entryway to the utility closet where House 1’s alarm panel, electrical panel, and water heater are located. Both walls were determined to be non-load-bearing. Once these walls are removed, the existing kitchen wall will be extended in its place. This eliminates the entry into the utility closet so a new entry will be made through wall between the dining room and the utility closet. However, the electrical panel currently sits where the new entryway will be so the electrical panel and all the wiring for the entire house will need to be moved. The electrical panel will be installed in the new kitchen wall section which is replacing the current utility closet entryway.
Utility Closet Entry Removal
Since the electrical panel stands in the way of the new entryway for the utility closet, I began by removing the drywall surrounding the panel. Then I began dismantling the two walls of the utility closet.
At this point, the cabinets got in the way of the wall removal, so I removed the cabinets as well as the appliances from the back side of the kitchen.
With the cabinets out of the way, I finished out the removal of the two walls of the utility closet entryway.
Demolition went very quickly even though I was being very careful not to cause damage to anything which was not part of the remodel. After a few hours, I was almost to the point where I could extend the existing kitchen wall and reclaim the space previously occupied by the utility closet entryway.
Once the kitchen wall extension is framed, then the priority shifts to the electrical work. The electrical panel will be located to the new wall extension so that it can make way for the new entry way from the dining room into the utility closet.
While I have done electrical work before, I will not be DIYing the relocation of the electrical panel. My electrician has always done an excellent job for me in the past. Good people are hard to find. So as a business owner, when I find good people, I do my best to send as much work their way. I also make an extra effort to make sure they are compensated well so if I am ever in a bind, I can count on them to do their best to put me at the top of their list.
When I have a good contractor who does good work, I also make a point to learn as much as I can from them. My experiences in various life pursuits have repeatedly taught me that the best way to learn is by doing. Therefore, I will be onsite working alongside and assisting my electrician in order to engage in some electrical hands-on learning. This sort of apprenticeship is the quickest way to fast-tracking one’s way to being a DIY landlord.
Mr. DIY Landlord