Pre-Renovation Check List for a Successful DIY Kitchen Renovation


Congratulations your about to embark on one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, but being prepared can help alleviate some of the unknowns and make your project go more smoothly.

Let’s begin:

Kitchen Renovation Checklist compliments of Level Ten Construction Consultants

Draw room layout, including as much detail as possible from the lists below:

  1. Will the new kitchen fit in the current space?

  2. Are the walls plumb and square?

  3. Are the floors level?

  4. What is the height of the ceiling?

  5. Are there windows in the kitchen ? If yes - how many? What is there size? Will they remain in the same area? Will they be expanded? What are their sizes?

  6. What is the height of the widows from the floor?

  7. Are there any heaters?

  8. Are there any bulkheads?

  9. Are there any plugs/switches in the kitchen?

  10. Is there an existing plug for the wall mounted microwave oven?

  11. Is there any damage to the floors or walls? If yes, make notes.

* Indicate which walls on a graph that are an issue and by how much (inches for plub, degrees for square) Also indicate if the plumb. defects from top to bottom are outward or inward from the room. Include any problems with the floor

If multiple windows, include the width and height from the floor of each on graph

Include locations on graph bulkheads, plugs and switches including the height from the floor to the faceplate of the faceplate of switches /plugs

Plumbing and Appliances:

  1. Is there wiring for a dishwasher?

  2. Is the Kitchen Plumbed for a dishwasher?

  3. Will sink and dishwasher go in the same location as old?

  4. Are plumbing pipes available?

  5. Are there shut off valves?

  6. Is the existing plumbing in good condition for NEW sink and faucet?

  7. Is the P-Trap in good condition?

  8. Is there corrosion on pipe fittings?

*Indicate the location on the graph where the dishwasher is located and make a side note where the main shut off to the water is*

  1. Does the existing floor meet the existing cabinets?

  2. Is there an existing backsplash that will be kept?

  3. Are old cabinets being removed or reused?

  4. Are there any of the following worksite restrictions?



    Elevator Booking

    Appliance Storage


    Time Restrictions for Project Completion

*Indicate on the graph where the Backsplash is and if any of it will be kept. Also make side notes if you have any of the above Restrictions and the Plan to Overcome them


  1. What are the dimensions of the fridge? (height, width and depth)

  2. Does the fridge have an icemaker?

  3. Does the fridge have a water dispenser?

  4. What are the dimensions of the range? (height, width and depth) is it a plug in? Is it a direct wire?

  5. What are the dimensions of the following:



    Wall Oven


*Make note of any special requirements that may fall outside the standard installation considerations. For example if you have to move walls, windows, flooring, electrical and/or plumbing.

If you plan to expand the current area for the kitchen we recommend first consulting a qualified structural engineer in your area or contact us for a list for engineers in the Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia region.

This information is provided as guide only we are not responsible for any errors or omissions

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