So you’ve decided to take the plunge and renovate your kitchen.
You’ve dreamed, saved, and planned for months and as excited as you are, there are a few things that need to be considered before such a big undertaking. We’ve come up with a few questions you should always ask yourself in the lead up to making your renovation decisions.
What are you trying to achieve?
First things first, what are you trying to achieve? Once you’ve figured out what currently works for you in your existing kitchen and what changes you’d like to make, you’ll need to decide your ultimate goal. Is it more space, more light, or even less clutter? Make sure your personal taste and style balances out practicality and most of all, have fun!
What is your budget?
On to step two, you’ll need to have a set budget! This will allow you to know exactly what you can get and what your limitations are. Conversely, by having your budget planned out, designers and renovators can help set up a framework and keep your expectations in check. A little flexibility can’t hurt either.
How long will it take?
Depending on the scope of the project, you and your family may need to temporarily relocate during the construction phase. By moving out, you’re providing contractors with both freedom and working space in tackling the project. Noise pollution is also a factor that comes into play for both your family and your immediate neighbours so be conscious of that too. If you have young children, keeping them safe and out of harm’s way can sometimes be challenging and moving out for a week could be a good solution.
How will this affect the areas around the kitchen?
Make sure you’ve spoken to the contractor about minimising mess and dust. As a general issue of cleanliness you’ll need to figure out exactly what measures will need to be taken. This is especially so if anybody in your family has respiratory problems. There’s also the issue of surrounding furniture (everything from books on shelves to curios hanging on your walls) so it’s best to have everything moved or packed away until the project is finished.
How will this affect your use of appliances?
Do you like your appliances out and readily accessible? Or do you like them to be stored away so you have more space and remove clutter? Dedicated appliance storage spaces can help keep your kitchen orderly and feel more spacious. Corner storage, drawer systems, power point locations, and other internal fittings should be explored to determine the best fit for you.
Now that we’ve got that all sorted, what are you waiting for?
Come and visit us at Mint Kitchens to take your project to the next step or call 1300 935 404