Cabinet Demolition: Professional or DIY?

Unless you are living in a newly renovated home or a brand new home, chances are you’ve dreamed of taking a sledgehammer to at least one room in your house; these days, the ‘Internet of Things’ has given us reason to believe we can all be professional do-it-yourselfers.   Being a DIY-er is great if you have the right knowledge, the right tools, and the right skills to accomplish the task.  More often than not, we watch a 30 minute show on how to do something and believe we can copy it.  What we fail to notice is that not all steps are shown and what seems to take 30 minutes in one show or video clip could easily take four days.

When it comes to remodeling, be prepared to have your patience tried.  You need to realize that you’ll create a mess removing the items from the room you are working in, the tools will be in the way, the construction debris and fine dust will last seemingly FOREVER, and something will always go wrong.  If you’ve prepared your mind for those realizations, then you’ll be fine.

Cabinet demolition in kitchens and bathrooms are one of the most common remodeling tasks.  Demolishing cabinets makes way for new cabinets, lets you change the floorplan of your room, and helps you change functionality.  You can go about a cabinet demolition two ways: total destruction or reverse engineering. 

Total destruction means you are not going to keep the cabinets so grab your sledgehammer and saws and bust out any frustrations on the material.  In a loud, soothing sort of way, it is fun to smash old, ugly cabinets to pieces.  Simply remove items to the dumpster as they come apart and work until it’s all gone.

Reverse engineering of the cabinets allows you to uninstall the cabinets the opposite of how they went in.  This option is best if you plan on selling, donating, or reusing the cabinets.  This is the less messy of the two options and will keep construction debris at a minimum.

Things to keep in mind whenever you begin a demolition project:

  • Always wear safety gear
  • Keep contractor trash bags on hand for containing debris
  • Turn off water and electricity if you will be messing with any pipes or wires
  • Keep your tools within reach and organized
  • Map out a plan of action before you begin work
  • Remove items from cupboards and shelves before work begins
  • Cover nearby spaces and work area with drop cloths to minimize dust
  • Cover tile or hardwood floors with plywood to prevent chipping or scratching when moving heavy items

If you’d rather use your DIY skills to drywall, paint, and decorate, give our Demolition team at ABH Services a call.  Our experience with demolition will make the project run efficiently, so you can handle the fun part of the remodel.

Call us today to inquire about our Demolition Services at 781-941-2422.  Visit our Facebook page to learn more:

2018-01-08T09:45:49+00:00November 6th, 2017|News|