A kitchen remodel is a big deal — not something to be approached rashly. Most people do not consider all the hidden costs or challenges that can occur when renovating a kitchen, such as unforeseen damp problems that suddenly become visible for the first time on removal of old fittings, or structural solutions can often be more expensive than first realized. Not just the removal of the existing kitchen or the building work, but the budget that was set out for the project can also be engulfed by the finishes and fittings chosen.
Here are some top tips to follow when thinking of renovation your kitchen (or any other room for that matter).
Homework / Planning
First of all, do your homework and ask yourself what you really want to achieve with a renovation whether it be extra space, a new modern look, storage, separating the scullery and laundry from the kitchen, etc. This is a very important part in any project – that’s why it’s placed first. If you don’t know why you want to renovate and what you would like to gain out of it, then there is no point in doing so. The entire renovation will run smoothly by establishing your goals at the very beginning. Thus all the parties involved will know what the end result should be.
Talk to friends and family that renovated their kitchens to find out what hidden pitfalls they’ve encountered. It’s really important before you embark on the renovation rollercoaster that you have a clear understanding of what to expect.
Budget, budget, budget
I can’t place more emphasis on the budget. Be realistic regarding your finances. Renovating your kitchen is not an inexpensive project to take on. Do as much window shopping and cost-comparisons that you can. Make sure that you add on at least an extra 20% for those inevitable issues that will spring up. If you are absolutely committed to the kitchen renovation that you can’t afford, see if you are able to renovate in stages. A renovation is much more satisfying if you save up the necessary funds before your renovate.
Get expert advice and opinion.
Expert opinion should be sought out – we’ve all heard horror stories regarding renovations. Hire a properly qualified kitchen designer, builder and architect. The best contractors can be found through word-of-mouth and make sure you get several referrals before you sign any agreements!
Dreaming is the start of any good renovation, however, to have a good experience; you have to be reasonable about what you can accomplish based on your homework, budget and resources. And remember, a kitchen renovation must create an opportunity of re-examination rather than just replacement.