Top 5 Things To Know Before Doing A Kitchen Renovation
TLC for the Heart of Your Home
It may be a ‘cliché’, however your kitchen really is the heart of your home. It’s where many memories are created. It’s the informal place where your family gathers, usually while cooking or baking is being done. As it’s an important gathering place for family and friends, it’s important to give some extra TLC to your kitchen throughout a kitchen renovation to ensure great memories continue to be created. In addition, it’s well established that doing a kitchen renovation adds value to your home, giving you added incentive to undertake a kitchen renovation. Before starting your kitchen renovation, it’s good to know some helpful tips to get you off to a great start. Here are Top 5 Things To Know Before Doing A Kitchen Renovation.
Know Your Budget
A kitchen renovation is a serious financial consideration however it’s generally accepted that a great kitchen renovation can add value to your home, making it well worth the investment. An updated kitchen with new appliances will increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers when it comes time to sell. To make your kitchen renovation possible, you may need to investigate the best financing options. You should also leave a “buffer” in your budget just to cover contingencies you hadn’t considered (eg. unforseen costs to alter services such as plumbing and electrical).
Don’t Relocate Services
If it’s possible, try to maintain the current location of services such as plumbing, gas and electrical. Unless moving services is unavoidable, the cost of relocating services can really erode your budget and may cost you the opportunity to include some of the desirable features you had your heart set on. A good kitchen designer can usually create your dream kitchen while working with the location of existing services.
A kitchen renovation is an investment that should last for years to come. Being seduced by the latest kitchen design fads may not be a wise idea financially as you may feel the need to renovate again and to update colours and finishes that are no longer trendy.
Choose timeless color schemes and layouts. A good designer should be able to recommend colours and finishes to give you an elegant looking kitchen that will last for years and give you much better value for money.
A well-considered lighting layout can work wonders in your kitchen. Small changes in lighting and the introduction of discreet feature-lighting can really elevate the look and feel of your kitchen, not to mention the benefits to functionality. Lighting is often the last thing on your mind during a kitchen renovation, however it is one of the important factors to keep in mind when designing your dream kitchen.
The most essential lighting element in your kitchen is “task-lighting”. Task lighting keeps your main work surface properly illuminated so you can safely prepare meals, easily see ingredients, and undertake all your food preparation and cooking.
Ambient and accent lighting can enhance the overall aesthetics of your kitchen however task lighting is critical. Getting the plan for your task lighting right at the design stage of your kitchen renovation will avoid the potential for costly blow-outs when the renovation is completed.
Prioritize and Consider your Space
There are so many great kitchen ideas you may want to incorporate in your new kitchen, however you must consider if what you have in mind can be achieved in the available space. Perhaps you can “find” additional space from an adjoining room such as a dining area or a void.
Next, prioritize which features you want in your kitchen that are “non-negotiable”…….the must haves. Keep in mind the kitchen work triangle. Not sure what this means?….please ask for more information about it from your kitchen designer. It’s basically the relationship between the main elements of your kitchen. Getting this right will give you a kitchen that will always function well for you.
We think it’s wise to work with a kitchen designer who has years of experience, boasting an impressive portfolio and remarkable client testimonials, whilst keeping in mind the Top 5 Things To Know Before Doing A Kitchen Renovation. It’s important that you have confidence in your kitchen- company and peace of mind when undertaking a kitchen renovation, knowing that your investment is in good hands.
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