5 out of 5Hardrequires demolition work, carpentry, cabinet and counter installation, and plumbing and electrical hookups
$8,000 to $16,000 on average, depending on new appliances installed
2 to 4 days, depending on complexity of the kitchen layout
In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey replace a small kitchen.
- Unplug and remove stove from kitchen. Remove old range hood, too.
- Disconnect the water-supply lines and drainpipe from sink.
- Unhook the water, drain and electrical connections from dishwasher; carry dishwasher from kitchen.
- Pry free the old countertop and remove it from kitchen.
- Make a template of the countertops and fabricate new solid-surface countertops.
- Use silicone adhesive to secure countertops to cabinets.
- Apply epoxy the joint between two countertop sections; clamp the joint closed and wait for the epoxy to cure.
- Use a belt sander to sand the epoxy joint flush with the counter.
- Install the backsplash using silicone adhesive.
- Seal the seam between the backsplash and counter with silicone adhesive.
- Use a drill/driver and hole saw to bore faucet holes in the counter.
- Install the faucet to the countertop.
- Connect the sink’s hot- and cold-water supply lines, drainpipe, and the garbage disposer.
- Install the range hood to the underside of the cabinet above the range alcove.
- Set the new dishwasher into place, then connect the copper water-supply tubing to the appliance with a compression fitting. Also connect the electrical cable and the rubber drain hose.
- Level dishwasher by rotating its adjustable feet, then secure it by screwing into the wood mounting blocks on the underside of the counter.
- Plug in the electric range, the leveling it, if necessary, by turning its adjustable feet.