Kitchen Renovation Guide: Research, Design & Planning
In this series of articles we will take a look some of the key parts of the kitchen renovation process and offer you some tips and tricks that will help make your renovation project a success and save good amount of money.
The first, and perhaps most important, part of the kitchen renovation process is to sit down and plan your project before you think about knocking a wall down or ripping out your kitchen cabinets. The last thing you want to do is get halfway into your renovations and discover that your new kitchen won’t actually do what you want it to or you’ll have run out of money before it is finished.
Your kitchen should not only look good but it should also be fully functional and practical. Here are several useful tips on how to handle the research, design and planning process to make sure your dream kitchen renovation doesn’t turn into a nightmare!
1. Get Inspired!
If you are running low on inspiration, then have a look at a home decoration design magazine or better take a look on one of our Pinterest boards. No matter if you want a modern and futuristic Wellington kitchen design or a traditional rustic one, you will certainly find some sample renovation plans that match your needs.
2. Decide what you really need to do
Take the time to think both logically and emotionally about what you need from a new kitchen and aim to meet somewhere in the middle of these two. It is no good hating your kitchen because you compromised on something you really wanted, like an island counter, but it isn’t advisable to go into major debt in order to get bespoke italian tiles shipped over to United States.
Ideally you only want to a major renovation of a room once in the life span of your house but remember you can always play around with color and furnishings over time as long as you have the basic design you want.
3. Take the time to compare prices and get quotes
Renovating a kitchen takes a lot of time, effort and determination, and even if you have set a generous budget for the entire process, you should still take the time to compare different businesses to find the best value for money offer.
This is particularly important if you want to give your kitchen a full facelift and replace all of your cabinets, flooring and appliances, along with any structural work you will do to the layout.
It is worth spending a good portion of your budget on the flooring and cabinets. High-quality flooring and cabinets will not only add value to your kitchen, but they will also be long lasting which is important as a kitchen is such a well used part of the home. When looking to replace appliances think about investing in energy-efficient appliances that will reduce your power bills in the long term.
4.Think about the un-glamorous parts of design
Make sure you take into account the un-glamorous parts of designing your kitchen like waste disposal, power points and ventilation. Good ventilation is paramount for every kitchen otherwise steam and moisture that results from cooking can lead to mould and mildew, which is not only unsightly but also very unhealthy. Fortunately, a good and powerful exhaust system can efficiently draw and eliminate all the steam so you don’t spend good money on kitchen fixtures and fittings that will get ruined by mould.
Many of these systems come in elegant designs and will function quietly and efficiently if installed properly. Make sure you get advice from a professional when discussing any electrical and plumbing fixtures and fittings as part of your kitchen renovation plans.
Many people buy a first home that needs some work or decide to invest in a doer-upper property that they will revamp and sell on. Taking the time to research and plan what you need and how much you have to spend is one of the most important things you can do before you pick up a single tool!