Planning a kitchen renovation can seem overwhelming, but breaking down the process into manageable steps can make it much easier. Here are some steps to consider when planning a kitchen renovation:
Adding value or re-sale?
Do you want to add value to your home for potential re-sale, or is this renovation going to be your family kitchen for years to come. If you are looking to minimise budget, then working with existing water and electrical locations will help keep costs down.
On the other hand, if you would like to undertake a larger renovation by redesigning the space, consider the opportunities for solving the existing layout problems. A well executed kitchen renovation can add value and appeal to your home for resale as well as creating a wonderful new family space.
Where to focus the budget
Have a think about what your priorities are, and where you want to focus your budget. For some it's the benchtop as a centre piece that warrants a bigger spend, while for others the quality and functionality of their appliances are key. There are tricks of the trade to get bang for your buck, and clever use of lighting and other features can really lift your kitchen design, while the inclusion of modern storage options can create a functional space.
What changes would improve your current kitchens functionality?
Consider how you use your current kitchen and what changes would improve its functionality. Identify what areas don't work for you at the moment. It could be outdated appliances, insufficient storage, inadequate lighting, or worn-out benchtops. Think about what appliances, storage, and bench space you need, as well as the layout of the room.
Gather inspiration: Visit local showrooms to see what's on offer from different suppliers. Look for inspiration in magazines, online resources, and home improvement shows. Save pictures and ideas that you like to help guide your renovation. When you decide on a kitchen designer, it can be helpful to show them your ideas book to help guide the kitchen design they will be doing for you.
Finalise materials and finishes
Once you have gone through the research phase, and chosen your kitchen designer, they can help funnel all the ideas and choices into a cohesive design that will work for you and your family. They will help you finalise materials and finishes, along with ensuring the fundamental principles of kitchen design deliver you consider the style and functionality of each element.
By following these steps, you can plan a successful kitchen renovation that meets your needs and budget while also improving the value and functionality of your home.