If your kitchen is not quite the ‘hub of the home’ that you envisioned it to be, you may be at the point where you’re looking to make some major changes. A kitchen renovation can be a costly undertaking with the average homeowner spending around £20k so planning for a smooth transition from old to new is always a good idea and can ultimately save you both time and money.
Today, I’m sharing my tips to be sure you’ve covered the practical considerations before beginning work.
Assess Your Layout
Before you begin, you’ll need to fully understand the scale of your project and that means measuring the square footage, length of worktops you’ll require, the sizes and locations of doors and windows plus any additional storage you require. You’ll also want to make a note as to where electrical outlets are, where the gas feed is located as well as any plumbing that might need to be moved.
If you don’t feel confident in doing this task yourself, get some help with someone who is comfortable with a tape measure. These measurements will become very important for your kitchen fitter later so the adage to “measure twice, cut once” is an important one to follow to ensure there are no costly mistakes.
Remember that you are not tied to your existing layout. Whilst keeping things like your appliances or electrics in the same place will save money, you can consider changing the layout. This is where a kitchen designer will come into play.
Do Your Research
There are a myriad of kitchen suppliers on the market now from ‘cheap and cheerful’ inexpensive options to full-on luxury. You may want to create some Pinterest boards of designs that appeal to you as well as chatting to friends or family that have had work done in the past. Consider the age and style of your property when making your design decisions too. A country cottage style kitchen may look perfect in a Grade II listed property but out of place in a very contemporary new build. At the same time, you may wish to contrast a Victorian building with a sleek modern design – it’s a personal choice but be aware that sympathetic designs normally fare better for resale.
The design you ultimately choose is a personal thing but understanding what you will be needing from your kitchen and how you will be using it as well as optimising storage is a crucial part of the end result being perfect for your needs. Bring a kitchen designer on board and/or an architect if you will be extending the space or removing walls to assist you with this aspect and allow you to see the full potential of your redesign.
Consider Your Budget
Setting and sticking to a budget may be the most challenging aspect of your remodel. With costs to consider for everything from cabinetry and worktops to walls, ceilings, lighting, appliances and installation, you will need to keep a tight rein on spending to not exceed your costs.
The easiest way to quickly go over budget is in materials and finishes so keep a strict eye on these items in particular. Set a realistic budget – some recommend 6-10% of the value of your house as a guide and decide which aspects to you are the most important. You can save money by spending less on lower priorities so you can splurge on those things you really want.
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