demolition debris in kitchen interior construction and ladder

demolition debris in kitchen interior construction and ladder

Step # 43 in the Kitchen Remodel Planner

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At this point in your remodeling project you should have:

1. A signed contractor with your contractor

2.  A design finalized (or nearly so)

3. A building permit (if required in your city, county or state)

4. Your home, yard and belongings protected

5. A feeling of confidence after your kick off meeting with the contractor


If all of these steps are complete it is time for demolition!  In every remodeling project some items must go to make what for the updates and changes planned during your renovation.

Demolition for a Remodel Tips

1. Get a good fan/exhaust system to remove the dust

2. Wear a respirator or face mask.  There will be lots of dust.  They are uncomfortable and not the most attractive piece of apparel but well worth the hassle.  Of course wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants, good shoes (steel toes and shank if you got them) a hat and safety glasses.

3. Remove drywall leaving long straight edges.  They are easier/faster to fix than a lot of little holes.  Also it is better to open up the walls and ceiling all at once then clean up and have a clean working space versus having to repeatedly cut out drywall as to you trace a wire that need an outlet box or switch or a plumbing line.

4. If you are DIY’ing this part or the entire project consider your disposal options.  Many garbage collection companies have discounts for “spring cleaning” and will take away several yards of trash for free – as part of your regular garbage service.

5. BEWARE of asbestos and lead and other regulated materials.  They are a serious concern and the steps to remove and dispose of them appropriately are, fortunately, not that difficult or expensive versus the alternatives.  If you are not sure if you have asbestos or lead (paint usually) in the area you are demolitioning take the time to find out by calling in an expert to do an inspection or taking the time to educate yourself on what to look for.  Asbestos and lead paint during demolition is a real concern- sitting undisturbed for decades these materials are often safe and cause no health concerns BUT when you are cutting, sanding, pounding these materials is when they become airborne and become real health risk.

6. During demolition is when you will learn a lot about your house!  Good and bad!  You make discover old newspapers or magazines in the walls, artwork left by the last people who worked on your house, old tools and who knows what buried inside your house.  You may also find termite, mold and water damage as well as pipes, wiring and framing in locations and configurations that will surprise you and your contractor!  If a new obstacle to remodeling is found give the contractor time to figure out a solution and if it requires extra work make sure the problem and the solution is documented in a change order that you both sign.  If you are uncomfortable with what the contractor is telling you and think maybe the contractor is trying to increase the price after the project has started consider hiring a home inspector or other contactor to get a 2nd opinion.  If the contractor you hired is trying to take advantage of you then you need to act – and cancel the contract and hire a different contactor.  It is far better to find this out now than later in the process.