The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. So how is your heart looking?
If your kitchen could do with a hit of adrenaline to jolt it back to life, then it might be time to consider a renovation.
But where should you start?
Because the kitchen is such an integral part of any home, you want to get the renovation process right. So you need to consider these things, why you are renovating, how much work needs to take place to create your dream space, and what steps you need to take to ensure a successful outcome.
Let’s look into these in a little more detail.
Why Are You Renovating?
The first question you should ask yourself is why you are wanting to renovate your kitchen. The answer will help make many of the decisions involved a lot easier.
Are you renovating to make your home more comfortable to live in, or are you renovating to make the home more attractive to buyers or tenants?
If you are renovating for your own comfort then you are likely to want high end finishes, quality appliances and the perfect layout. However, if you are renovating for a profit, then your choice of finishes and appliances may be somewhat different.
Think of it this way, if you are renovating for yourselves then any money spent will be an investment into your future comfort. However, if you are renovating for a potential tenant or the next buyer, then anything spent is considered an expense. Of course, you will want to keep expenses down but will be willing to invest slightly more. It is important to know your objective before you start the process, that way you can make decisions accordingly.
How Much Work Needs To Be Done
Costs can mount up in any renovations, but kitchens are especially dangerous when it comes to blowing the budget. There are lots of big ticket items to include and plenty of labour to go along with it. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is taking a sledgehammer to the room before you have had any kind of building or design advice.
Not every kitchen renovation requires the existing kitchen to be completely ripped out. In some cases, the cabinetry or bench tops can be repainted or repurposed with great results - even if you are wanting to change the layout. Reusing an expensive item like cabinetry can reduce your renovation costs by half.
So, before you start going crazy with demolition, have a chat with your builder about your plans. They will help you to assess what needs to happen to create the kind of kitchen you want. Only then should you start wielding a sledgehammer!
What Steps Do You Need To Take
The very first step is knowing why you are undertaking the renovation project. Once you are armed with that information, you can look to engage a renovation expert like the team here at Jack. We have project managed and completed thousands of successful renovations, so we certainly know what we are doing with kitchens!
When you have your builder selected, it is time to tackle the layout. The kitchen should flow naturally and have easy access to the “kitchen triangle” of the oven, fridge, and sink. You should consider how you will use the kitchen if you are going to live in the home, or what makes a logical flow for tenants or potential buyers.
Only once you have done all this groundwork should you start to think about finishes, appliances and colours. Remember that expensive appliances can mean expensive service and repair bills down the track.
You can also get lots of great kitset cabinetry options which are budget friendly and can fit almost any layout. Many suppliers offer kitset options in a range of styles and finishes to create the look and feel you are after. The great thing about kitsets is that they do save on costs, but they can also cut down the timeframe of your renovation project too.
So if you need to breathe some life back into the heart of your property, then consider a kitchen renovation with Jack. We can ensure you receive the successful renovation you want, regardless of why you are renovating in the first place. Get in touch with us today for a free no obligation chat.