Planning a kitchen renovation is very exciting, but if it’s your first time, it can also be a little daunting. From planning the layout to selecting your fittings and finishes and coordinating tradespeople, the process can fast become overwhelming.
To help you get started in the right direction, below are five handy tips. If this sounds intriguing, continue reading to learn what you need when planning a kitchen renovation.
Planning a Kitchen Renovation? Here are 5 Easy Tips!
1. Invest where it matters most.
It’s no secret that a good kitchen renovation adds value to your home, so it’s likely you’ll be able to easily recoup your investment if you ever decide to sell. However, there are some features that will add more value than others.
When designing your kitchen, it’s good to invest a little more in the features that will add the most value to your home. While things like premium cabinet handles or a designer tile for your splash back can make an excellent addition to your kitchen, it’s features like stone countertops and premium appliances that will add the most value.
2. Match the style to the rest of the home.
There’s nothing worse than a kitchen that simply doesn’t work with the rest of the home. Even if you love ultra-contemporary design, if you have a character home, it’s highly unlikely that the two styles will meld together.
To ensure your home doesn’t become disjointed because of your kitchen renovation, think carefully about your choice of colors, fittings and finishes and how well they will compliment other areas of the home. With some careful consideration, you’ll be able to create a home that is both beautiful and cohesive.
3. Place functionality above everything else.
While the aesthetics of your kitchen are undeniably important, never forget about functionality.
The kitchen is a workspace after all, so it’s important to really think about the cabinetry configuration to ensure you utilize the space as best possible. Think about everything you currently store in your kitchen (such as food, cookware, crockery, utensils, small appliances, storage containers, etc.) and ensure there’s ample space allocated for each category of items.
The layout is equally important. Make sure you carefully consider the location of the fridge, sink, dishwasher, trash, stove, and preparation space in relation to each other to ensure space will flow well and be easy to work in.
4. Take your time perfecting the design.
Even though you might be excited to get your new kitchen installed as quickly as possible, it can be hugely beneficial to slow down and give yourself the time to really think through your design to ensure it’s exactly what you want.
Ideally you only want to renovate your kitchen once, so it’s beneficial to take the time to get it right the first time. Making last-minutes changes to your design can also mean big money, so it’s in your own best interest to ensure you’re 100% happy with every element of the design before signing off on it to avoid unnecessary additional costs down the track.
5. Consider using a professional contractor.
While there are plenty of home renovation shows and YouTube how-to videos out there that kitchen renovations look easy, it’s not as easy as you might think.
Without the right skills and knowledge, a kitchen renovation project can quickly blow out in terms of time and budget. The quality of the finish may also be sub-standard—and as mentioned before, a quality kitchen renovation can add significant value to your home so you want it to be finished to a high quality standard.
While using a professional contractor may cost more than managing the install yourself, it’s important to focus on the overall value of the renovation—quite often a professional job will prove to be the better option when considering the overall value it will add to your home. Please add your comments and questions below and be sure to click through the links for more interesting articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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