Scope of Work Case Study

by Shera Nuss

How much work goes into a renovation?

Renovation projects always involve a lot more work than meets the eye — and this fact is easy to forget since we typically look at renovations through the simplified lens of ‘before & after.’ This week we’re revisiting a kitchen project we matched on Sweeten and featured a couple months ago, to give an idea of just how much work was involved in the 5 weeks between start & finish. Read on for a complete list of what the team at Famurat Builders did to take this kitchen from its generic ‘before’ to a one-of-a-kind ‘after.’

Full Scope of Work for Sweeten project Undo Developer’s Cookie Cutter Kitchen:

– Carefully disassemble existing kitchen cabinets and appliances (these were donated)
– Remove existing stone countertop (also donated)
– Remove metal stair rail and existing handrail
– Enclose stair risers (stained wood)
– Construct new partitions for Utility Closet and Pantry
– Extend HVAC ducts
– Install 3-way switches for pendant lighting, recessed lights and cabinet lights
– Relocate light switch to outside closet wall (dimmer)
– Relocate recessed lights
– Install new electrical boxes for pendant lighting
– Relocate existing outlets and install new outlets on main kitchen wall
– Relocate switch for garbage disposal
– Run power line to island and install island outlet
– Relocate existing intercom
– Relocate appliance outlets
– Install LED lighting in closet and pantry
– Repair floors after electrical work
– Repair and paint ceilings after electrical work
– Relocate gas pipe
– Connect new fridge, sink, dishwasher, stove, garbage disposal, and all other appliances
– Manufacture and install custom kitchen cabinets and island
– Install countertops*
– Install backsplash glass tiles
– Install all lights
– Install all miscellaneous hardware, hooks, magnetic strips, door knobs and pulls
– Sand, stain and finish newly exposed floors
– Install new wooden handrail
– Finish and paint new closet and pantry partitions
– Install shelves and doors inside pantry and closet


Yet they make it look simple! (Photo: Marcin JM @ Diamond Shot Studio)

*The Famurat team noted the countertop installation as one of the only project challenges, “delivering the huge slab of Caesarstone was not easy. It was 105″ x 36″ and it took 5 guys to get it up to the 3rd floor.” (–yikes!) Thanks to Natalia & Kris Famurat for sharing the details of this kitchen renovation!

Do you have questions about the renovation process? Post them in the comments below!

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