Order of trades for kitchen and bathroom reno

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  1. Ian87

    Ian87 Well-Known Member

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    Hi folks looking at renovating our ppor not sure whether to hire a company that does end to end service but charges you a good bit extra or to jeopardise our marriage and try and project manage it ourselves.

    What would be the order of trades. I don’t think we plan on changing much position wise.

    All tips and ideas welcome, this is our first reno and it is already proving confusing.

    Thanks
     
  2. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    When we got a kitchen done, we bought the stuff at a warehouse outlet, who suggested a delivery company and a tradie who could install it (we asked them the same thing you did).

    The delivery company delivered the cupboards etc, the tradie came along - he organised a plumber when it was the plumber's turn (splashbacks, water pipes and gas stove)

    The Y-man
     
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  3. Archaon

    Archaon Well-Known Member

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    Id say bathroom first.
     
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  4. Petaurus

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    We have been renovating an entire house ourselves doing work either ourselves or getting trades in for specific jobs. Doing it this way is a slow process, predominantly as getting quotes is tougher than it sounds (trades not wanting to quote, not turning up to quote, not delivering quotes after a site visit; we have a quote conversion rate of about 4:1).

    For the kitchen we did up the laundry first which became our kitchen for a few months which was great to have something to wash up in. For order for kitchen trades, get a sparkie and plumber out first to disconnect everything, do the demo, a cabinetmaker for cabinet install (2-3 days), if you go with a stone benchtop they need to measure and have a lead time. Get your sparkie back to connect the oven, followed by benchtop install, tiles and plumbing. All up this could be 3 weeks minimum if done yourself. For bathrooms, the process is much more complex and painful.
     
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  5. skater

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    The more you can do yourself, the more money you save. If you haven't got the skills to install it yourself, project managing it isn't really that hard. Going with an all-in-one company can be extremely expensive.

    Many years ago, we did the kitchen in our PPOR. Hubby is a sparky by trade, so we only needed a plumber, and a stonemason to cut the granite, as he could do everything else. Bought from a cheap warehouse place. Looked amazing! Total cost about $3500.

    BIL, at the same time wanted to do his kitchen, but went with Nobby's Kitchens. He couldn't afford a full kitchen, so he got them to install a pantry and a couple of additional cupboards in his existing 70's kitchen. Looked like a dogs breakfast! Total cost about $5k. To do the full kitchen with Laminate benches was going to be over $10k.