Tips for Kitchens
Thinking of Renovating Your Kitchen?
When considering a kitchen renovation there’s many things to consider, some of which are of fundamental importance, such as your budget, avoiding over-capitalisation, and potential return on your investment (if you’re thinking of renovating before selling your home). While these are very important considerations there’s a multitude of other design and feasibility matters to consider.
While these are very important considerations there’s a multitude of other design and feasibility matters to consider.
Do Your Research
If you plan to renovate prior to selling you must satisfy yourself that you will achieve a better result than you would if you didn’t renovate, or if you do a less comprehensive renovation. You should also
You should also familiarise yourself with the style of kitchen that people in your market expect. Finally, make sure the style of renovation matches the style of your home. There’s little point doing a French provincial- style kitchen in a sleek, modern home.
Plan Meals Without a Kitchen
It may sound odd, however you should bear in mind that at some stage during a kitchen renovation you will be without a kitchen. This period may last a day or two, or could extend to a week or more.
If you choose stone benchtops for example, the stone mason will have to “template” your new cabinetry before the stone can be prepared and installed. This all takes time…..and deprives you the opportunity to use your new kitchen while work is progressing. Friends and family come in very handy in such circumstances!
Nearly all kitchen renovators have an island bench on their wish list. Island benches have become almost a standard inclusion in modern kitchen designs. If you have sufficient space in your kitchen zone by all means include an island bench. If space is at a premium you’ll be better off with a design that maximises available space without interfering with free-movement by installing an ill-considered island bench.
Stick With Neutral
Many a kitchen renovation has become dated well before it’s time because enthusiastic owners have chosen the latest colour trends. While splashes of feature colours can look amazing, indulging your personal sense of style and colour can be a disincentive to prospective purchasers.
Even the owners will often tire of the colour choice that they made initially after the novelty of having a “trendy” kitchen has worn off. There is a vast array of “neutral” colours that will give you the sleek look you’re after without burdening you with a renovation that quickly becomes outdated.
New Will Look Better
While not essential, the inclusion of new kitchen appliances will enhance the look of your kitchen renovation. If your fridge, oven, and other appliances are starting look their age they can really bring down the look of a new kitchen.
High Gloss Tiles
If you’re replacing the flooring in your kitchen we suggest you avoid using high-gloss tiles. Glossy tiles reflect light and may look sensational, however their slip-resistance makes them a poor choice in a wet area such as a kitchen. There are stacks of alternatives to high-gloss tiles that are easy to clean and will still give you the look you require without compromising safety.
There are stacks of alternatives to high-gloss tiles that are easy to clean and will still give you the look you require without compromising safety.
Choose a Quality Range-hood
It’s worth considering the style and efficiency of the range-hood you choose as a poor choice will prove a constant annoyance. There a number of styles available, depending on your preference, including overhead, integrated, concealed, and even in-bench models. We suggest you look for a range-hood featuring good quality and high volume. If you can combine these features with
If you can combine these features with quiet operation you will be satisfied with your choice. You will have selected a range-hood that will do the job effectively, without creating so much noise that it’s impossible to have a conversation with anyone in the kitchen.
Hide the Bins
Often overlooked in kitchen design is the style and location of the rubbish bins. Most kitchens these days use two bins, one for general rubbish and the second for recycling.
You don’t want these bins on display as they are unsightly, and unhygienic. There are many styles of bin enclosures that keep the rubbish bins out of sight, yet within reach for practical reasons.
Seek Professional Advice
Companies that specialise in kitchen design and renovations are a resource that you should take advantage of. It’s easy to overlook a design element that could be critical to how you want your kitchen to look or operate.
Similarly, professional kitchen companies stay abreast of current trends and products that you may otherwise be unaware of. Imperial Kitchens offers a free, no obligation appraisal of your requirements in your home.
Our kitchen designers are professional cabinet makers who will provide you with qualified advice to ensure you will be totally satisfied with your kitchen renovation project. Please contact us to make an appointment for us to visit you at your home or to meet in our modern showroom.
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