Well, the mother of remodeling projects is upon me. Our kitchen remodel. Since buying our house almost 6 years ago, we've said we've hated it. It was supposed to be one of the first projects we did, but time, money and all the other necessities in life took precedence (not to mention having our son, Grady). With that said, I've been a busy bee planning this remodel out. We've secured our cabinetry and I'm buying the slab of granite tonight in prep for the next two months of pure fun. Background: Our house was built in 1942, and with it comes antiquated footprints. Each space is its own room. To counteract that with our remodel, we're completely opening up our space. Knocking down two walls, one between our kitchen and dining room (non-load bearing) and a wall between our kitchen and mudroom (load bearing). While the square footage doesn't increase, the access and openness increases immensely. Planning: Being a project manager as my profession, the ability to plan comes naturally. My wife laughs at my book of documents that have been created for this project already. I've started this project as I would at work, what's in scope, what's out, RFP's, estimates, etc. Its a sickness, but the grand hope is save us time and money. Budget: We're allocating $16,000 for this remodel, from soup to nuts. Most of the work will be done by myself with the exception of a few things: removing the load bearing wall and installing the LVL (insurance purposes) Removing and installing baseboard heat as well as kickspace heater Moving the 220 line for the stove The rest of the work will be done by me and whoever else wants to stop in and lend a hand. Purpose: My purpose of this thread is to document my thoughts, details and progress with others in the hopes you could learn something along the way Timeframe: We're having a demo "party" on the 24th of March. The 10yd dumpster gets dropped off the day before and all the packing will be done by then. My goal is to be done with the kitchen by Memorial Day in time for us to use the outside party area haha Misc: This isn't our first kitchen remodel, I revamped our condo's kitchen about 7 years back, however, that one was the same footprint and basically just cabinets, floor, lighting and appliances. This remodel is going down to the studs and constructing back up. Have any of you guys gone through this process? Feel free to share your thoughts!