What to Watch for When Renovating Your Kitchen
Dec 28, 2019
Kitchens are a common target for home renovations, but before you bring in the top builders in Auckland to transform your cooking domain, it pays to do your homework! Keep reading to learn what to watch for when renovating your kitchen.
1. Design a kitchen your home and family need
We all want big kitchens with all the bells and whistles, but that may not work in your home, or meet the needs of your family.
By all means, dream big when designing your renovated kitchen, but don’t forget to prioritise utility, and the limitations of your home, above the luxuries you’ve seen on Pinterest and home décor TV shows. If your home has a narrow kitchen space, you may not be able to pursue that island counter you’ve dreamed about. Your big family with all those big appetites may need to measure for a larger refrigerator, instead, for example. The best kitchen is the one that best serves its purpose!
2. Make room for storage
No one in history has ever complained about having too much storage, and that’s especially true of kitchens! When renovating your kitchen, know how much storage space you need and measure for it. Cabinets, drawers, and cupboards in your kitchen will have a huge impact on its functionality and comfort. A kitchen without space for everything will inevitably leave you feeling cramped and overwhelmed, and you may not end up using it much in the end!
3. Know your appliances and their measurements
Don’t start drawing up your new kitchen designs until you know the precise dimensions of the appliances that will feature in it. Know which of your old kitchen appliances will be kept for the renovated design, and which will be replaced. Make sure you’ve selected your replacement appliances and measured them before you do anything else. You don’t want to completely tear out and rebuild your kitchen, only to find out that your new fridge doesn’t fit!
4. Budget conservatively
When budgeting for a renovation project, it’s always best to set your spending cap substantially higher than your spending goal. Set your kitchen renovation budget about 30-50% higher than your calculated cost. This ensures that when surprises and setbacks inevitably occur, you won’t need to reach immediately for the red ink.
5. Consider your workflow
As you design your new dream kitchen, it’s important to think about how you used your old one. Most of us will find that we identify the same areas where we spend most of our time and effort in the kitchen. Your new design should afford you the most space and freedom around these areas. After all, you don’t want to feel cramped around your stovetop while there’s heaps of space in front of the dishwasher.
6. Work with a qualified builder for quality results!
DIY kitchen renovations are certainly not unheard of, and if your designs are modest enough you can certainly take them on yourself, but working alongside a team of qualified builders will ensure the work is done quickly, efficiently, and to the highest possible standard. As the top renovation company Auckland has to offer, the team at LD Construction know how to bring your kitchen renovation dreams to life on time and under budget. Contact the team at LD Construction today to arrange your free consultation!