Planning a small kitchen renovation? At Mint Kitchens, we know that good things come in small packages.
That’s why we’ve developed this guide to help you plan a small kitchen renovation that will maximise the space you have to work with and create a kitchen of true distinction.
Small kitchens can make a big impact
Bigger isn’t always better. If you’re considering renovating your kitchen that’s a little on the smaller side, there’s good reason to do it.
When space is constrained, details matter more. The kitchen is typically the central focal point of any home and sets the standard for the entire property. A well-planned kitchen renovation will ensure you’re making the best use of the space you do have, while elevating the style of the home as a whole.
Not only will you get plenty of enjoyment and satisfaction from cooking and entertaining in a perfected kitchen that’s built to your specifications, but you’ll also be adding extra value to your property should you ever decide to sell.
What to consider when planning a small kitchen renovation
Every kitchen renovation requires careful planning and attention to detail, but when space is limited, meticulous planning will be your best friend.
If you want to avoid finding yourself saying things like “I wish we did this” or “we should’ve done that”, here are a few things to consider that will help you nail the designs for your new kitchen…
- Think outside the box – It’s only natural to assume you need to stick to a similar footprint to your existing kitchen, but that’s not always the case. Consider if you could gain more space by moving a wall or relocating the kitchen to a different area of the home.
- Functionality matters more than ever – When you’re working with a limited amount of space, functionality is key. Invest the time to really work through where your pantry, workspace, appliances, sink, dishwasher and garbage are in relation to each other, and decide where you’ll store crockery, large pots and small appliances.
- Utilise every inch of space – Running your cabinetry up to the ceiling not only creates a sense of space and grandeur, but also provides valuable extra storage space for less frequently used items. Innovative solutions like a pull-out pantry or integrated appliances can also be great space savers.
- Keep sight of the bigger picture – Visualise how your new kitchen will complement its surroundings, considering everything from the location and style of the building to your furniture, flooring, artwork, soft furnishings and colour scheme.
- Don’t be afraid to go bold – Small spaces can still make a big statement with character-adding features like a backlit backsplash, bold cabinetry colour selection, opulent stone benchtops or daring tap wear selection.
- Check if you need approval – If your property is part of a body corporate, you’ll need to check if you need to obtain any approvals before starting the project.
Is it worth speaking to a designer?
Of course, we’re a little biased about this, but it’s always worth speaking to a designer when planning any kitchen renovation.
Just like you use an accountant to manage your tax affairs, a hairdresser to cut your hair or a real estate agent to sell your home, it just makes sense to use a designer to design your new kitchen.
Renovations are what kitchen designers do best—they work on them every day and know exactly what works and what doesn’t. They’re always across all the latest styles, trends and products, and can walk you through every step of the renovation process.
Even if you’re an experienced renovator that prides themselves on their extensive interior design knowledge, it never hurts to hear another perspective—you never know what gem of an idea they may be able to offer up that could completely revolutionise your kitchen design!
How much does a small kitchen renovation cost?
The costs associated with any kitchen renovation typically include your cabinetry, benchtops, fixtures, fittings and trades (such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing).
The total cost of a small kitchen renovation will largely depend on your selection of materials and finishes—high-end products cost more but are often well worth the additional expense.
If any structural changes to the property are required (such as moving walls) or if you want to incorporate additional features like skylights or a servery window, these will also add to the final cost.
To find how much it will cost to renovate your small kitchen, it’s best to get in touch with us to develop a concept and cost estimate for your new kitchen. Also check out the government’s key guide on rules and regulations around renovating!
We’re experts at creating small spaces that make a big statement and would love to help you create a new kitchen design that ticks every box. Take a look at what we can do or visit a showroom to find out more.