STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL KITCHEN RENOVATION

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There are few rooms in the house that are more rewarding to remodel than the kitchen.  This space is generally regarded as the heart of the home, and it’s no secret that a gorgeous kitchen can literally transform the look and feel of your whole house!

A quick search on the internet will reveal a plethora of dazzling kitchen ideas and designs, but don’t make the mistake of rushing into the project without a clear vision of what you want to achieve.

THINK, ANALYSE AND DISCUSS

Now’s the time to sit back and really evaluate how you use your kitchen and what you want to achieve from your remodel.  Ask yourself these questions about your current kitchen:

  • Who uses the space?
  • What do you love about it?
  • What are the things about it that drive you crazy?
  • Do you need more storage space?
  • Is there enough bench space?
  • Do you feel cut off from the rest of the family when you’re working in the kitchen? i.e., is it too separate from the living space? Can you combine the living and kitchen areas as part of the remodel?

Discuss the pros and cons of your current kitchen and the renovation with the rest of the household and get their ideas about ways to achieve maximum functionality.

RESEARCH

Failure to plan is one of the most common renovation mistakes, so don’t fall into this trap!

Deciding on a builder for your project is probably the most important part of your research.  Your builder can literally ‘make or break’ your renovation project, so take your time finding a team that has the expertise, experience, and creative ability to achieve exactly what you want.

Research builders online, ask for referrals and talk to family and friends who have also done renovation projects.  Ask questions and get answers – your kitchen remodel is a big investment, so you need to get it right the first time round!

PLAN

As the old cliché goes, a job well planned is a job half done – this couldn’t be truer when it comes to a kitchen renovation!

Planning involves deciding on:

  • Budget
  • Layout
  • Design
  • Colour scheme
  • Materials/finishes

There’s no shortage of inspiration and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of choices there are to be made.  That’s where an expert can help – talk to your renovation team about the best way to achieve the perfect harmony between form and function.

Visit showrooms and get a feel for different kitchen layouts and styles – there’s nothing like physically seeing and feeling products to help you make your decisions.

Budgeting isn’t always easy.  However, it’s important that you set boundaries and discuss these with your builder.  Of course, with a renovation project you’re working with an existing building, and sometimes during demolition, we find ‘unexpected’ challenges which must be overcome.  To avoid the all-too-common budget blow-outs, we suggest allowing an amount for these unplanned extra expenses.

GET APPROVES

Is your kitchen remodel part of a bigger renovation or home extension project? Talk to your builder about any legal paperwork or council approvals that may be necessary to complete your project.

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