Several years ago we did a big remodel in our kitchen. I decided to be the contractor to save money, I did save a lot of money and I learned a lot about tiling, dry wall, demolition, electricians, plumbers and various other contracted people. The first step was demolition; I gave each of our four boys a hammer and let them start taking out the wall between the living room and kitchen.
I knew this was going to make a big mess, and it is easier to take out the dry wall in sheets using razors and tools, but I wanted to boys to remember the project and figured this would be the best way. First we had a magic marker party covering the kitchen and living room walls with drawings. I was amazed at the kids creativity. Maybe we should have done that years ago. After the kids were done, my husband and I finished taking the wall out. Then came three layers of old linoleum, stuck on top of each other. We used crow bars and pancake turners, what a mess.
Things went along pretty smoothly, we got it all gutted, framed, drywalled, tiled, the cabinet people did a beautiful job, installation was perfect, the island amazing, there were glitches of course but it went along on schedule and for much more than we had anticipated so we knew all was well. It all went well until the electrical. There I blew it. I should have called a licensed electrician in Portland who specialized in the process. What I did instead was use someones brother in law who does electrical on the side.
It was a nightmare, nothing was wired where I wanted it, the lights over the island hit my husbands head almost everyday. He left a wire sticking up in the kitchen and the tilers not knowing any better, tiled around it. That part of the kitchen is still, years later not completely fixed. I learned, get the right electrician for the right job, you don’t save money trying any other way! Electricians in Portland know their stuff!