Guide To Kitchen Renovations
Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? A kitchen renovation project is one of the most daunting projects you will undertake. Proper planning goes a long way in keeping things in line and allows you to have the kitchen of your dreams on a reasonable budget.
In today’s blog post, we will explore the various aspects of a kitchen renovation project and the steps needed to get it done without losing any sleep over it.
Here’s a step-by-step process for planning your kitchen renovation project:
1). Planning your requirements
2). Planning your budget
3). Choosing a layout
4). Choosing styles, colours and materials
5). Hiring the right company
Let’s take a look at each step of the process in more detail below:
1). Planning your requirements
The more time you spend when planning your requirements, the easier it is going to be for you and the more likely you are to achieve the desired outcome. Do not take the planning stage lightly. Be clear about your requirements.
Do you want to renovate your kitchen to add value to your house or do you plan to live in the house into the future? Answers to these questions will help you make the right decisions.
Think about practical requirements, the amount of money you can afford to spend, the need for new appliances and anything else you can think of. Get in touch with your friends, neighbours or co-workers who have recently renovated their kitchen to get a better idea of the process.
2). Budget planning
How much do you plan to spend on your renovation project? Always have a fixed budget in mind. If you begin your project without a fixed budget, you will most likely go over budget.
Once you have listed your requirements, go online to find the prices of the materials and appliances. This will give you a rough idea of what you’re likely to spend.
Keep in mind that you will need to make compromises on certain parts of the project. In this situation, it is better to prioritise your requirements so that you can satisfy the elements that really mean the most to you. This will also help you to remain within your budget.
The next thing you need to decide on is the layout of your kitchen. This typically involves having enough storage and pantry space. There are many clever storage solutions available in the market that allow you to make more efficient use of the available space within your kitchen.
Having a rough idea of the layout will also allow the designers and contractors to come up with a final design that matches your vision. Some of the more common layout options include an island kitchen, U-shaped layout, G-shaped layout, L-shaped layout, one wall layout for small spaces or a galley layout with two parallel countertops.
4). Styles, colours and materials
Begin by choosing a colour palette. There are almost endless options in terms of colours. If you are only renovating the kitchen space, make sure it complements the existing aesthetics of your home. You don’t want it to look completely different from the rest of the house.
When it comes to materials, you have a lot of choices depending on your budget. If you want something less expensive and durable, laminates are a great choice. Similarly, there are several options for cabinetry, doors and panels. Research online to learn more about various options as well as expected prices.
5). Choosing the right company
One of the most important aspects of your renovation project is working with the right professionals. In fact, the success of your project depends, to a great extent, on the people you choose for this project. Make sure they have plenty of experience and enjoy an excellent reputation for their workmanship and managing deadlines.
Overall, a kitchen renovation project can be extremely daunting. Most kitchen renovation projects usually take anywhere from one week to three weeks though they can take a lot longer depending on the complexity involved as well as location.
It’s important for you to spend enough time planning your project before undertaking it to complete it within your budget and to avoid the stress associated with such projects. Partnering with the right kitchen renovation company will allow you to make the most of your renovation project.
Speak To The Experts at Let’s Talk Kitchens & Interiors
Let’s Talk Kitchens & Interiors has been in the renovation business for more than 50 years. We have completed thousands of renovation projects over the past 5 decades.
If you would like further help designing your new kitchen call Let’s Talk Kitchens & Interiors today on (03) 9068 5496 to speak with one of our qualified Interior Designers or book a consultation.