5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Renovating Your Kitchen
So, you’re considering a kitchen renovation? You’ve started saving some kitchen inspiration to get a few ideas of what you like, and you’re about to start reaching out to builders for kitchen renovation quotes. But there are a few other things you might like to consider before renovating your kitchen.
For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and along with bathrooms, is one of the most popular areas for renovation in a home. It’s one of the most-used areas of a house, so it makes sense it is often the first to renovate and keep updated with current design trends every five-to-ten years.
Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind when undergoing a kitchen renovation.
1 – Check Your Renovation Time Frame
When it comes to kitchen renovations the time it takes from start to finish can vary from one to four weeks depending on the scale of the job, and whether or not there are any custom components involved. Things like ordering marble from overseas, or benchtops at custom sizes can add a few weeks on here and there.
Having a clear plan with all project details before your renovations commence is also very important to keep your project on track. This is where working with an experienced builder/renovator becomes highly useful.
2 – Selecting Your Finishes
Most established cabinet makers will have a great showroom for you to walk through and make selections based on your taste and things you like. Most importantly they will help piece all of this together into a cohesive design.
Visualising the end result of your renovation can often be the hardest part for first-time renovators. Engaging an interior designer can be a very helpful way to get exactly what you are looking for out of your kitchen renovation, and be 100% certain that you are comfortable with the decisions you have made.
3 – Think Outside The Box
Don’t limit your kitchen renovation imagination just to the confines of its existing location. Depending on your home structure there might be an opportunity to remove a wall, remove a partition, cut in a window, add a butler’s pantry, or add an island. This can add serious style, usability and function to your new kitchen—not to mention adding value to your house along the way.
4 – Don’t Forget Appliances
With old kitchens come old appliances. New lush countertops and cabinet doors are nice, but nothing beats a functional appliance upgrade that will make you enjoy using your kitchen even more. We generally encourage clients to spend money where they’ll use it. If you love being in the kitchen and cook 10 meals a week, you might opt for more expensive appliances or dual ovens.
"With old kitchens come old appliances"
5 – The Price Range
The big question on everyone’s lips: “How much is my kitchen going to cost?” The answer is always: It’s going to vary based on the scope of works involved. When you take into account the cabinetry component of the project, structural demo or construction, appliances and finishes. You can spend anywhere from $25,000 – $100,000 on a kitchen renovation.
So, having a budget is very important, not only to cap your spending, but to allocate how that budget gets sliced across trades, appliances, cabinetry, and fittings etc.
We hope there are a few tips here to help your kitchen renovation be a successful one.
—including a few considerations to think about before reaching out to a builder.
If you’re getting ready for a kitchen renovation and have actioned the items in the article above, we’d love to chat! Head to our home renovations page, fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch within 48hrs.