Revamping your kitchen once in a while is a must if you want this space to be the hub of your home, and an inspirational place for cooking, eating and gathering.
Depending on your needs and your budget, you may want to build a new one from scratch, keep the existing configuration but change the entire design, or just repaint it and purchase a few new items that will refresh the interior. From calculating the costs of making a list of things you want to buy, here is what you need to do first.
Setting the Budget
DIY Kitchen renovation is a cost-effective option, but you need to figure out what you need and what you can actually afford. Make a list of your top priorities and focus on them because you can always go back and purchase other less important items later. Do a thorough research first! Get informed on the current trends, look for inspiration everywhere and browse online stores to get the idea of how much money you need to spend on renovations you have in mind. While you are browsing through online stores and making a list of items and materials you need, an image of your new kitchen will already start to emerge in your mind. Make sure to write down the prices and compare them.
When it comes to kitchen design, quality should come first, and it always better to choose exquisite materials over a swanky design. You may be tempted to buy more than you actually need, so be practical and don’t spend money on unnecessary items. And once you make a rough estimate of how much your new kitchen will cost, add another 10% for unexpected or hidden costs such as shipping, additional materials and cost of labour.
New Versus Old Layouts
Keeping the existing layout will save you a lot of money and it is always more cost-effective to work with what you already have. Consider leaving the old configuration because the plumbing, electricity and walls will stay intact and this means less work, less money spent and less mess made in the kitchen. The most common kitchen layout is the classic triangle pattern (the sink, the fridge and the stove are creating a triangular pattern which is practical as everything is easily accessible). If you need more working space, you can consider installing a kitchen island right in the middle without disturbing the existing configuration. Kitchen islands are very trendy right now as they are flexible spaces that can be used for multiple purposes from preparing food to socialising or working on your laptop.
But if you are unhappy with your layout, you can change it completely. The most important thing is to have a functional layout that fits the room perfectly and maximises space you have. Even if you are changing the whole formation of your kitchen, you may still be able to create a design that doesn’t involve additional adjustments of plumbing and electricity.
Organising Kitchen Space
Your space should be organised in such a way to ensure ease of movement and convenience. While you are chopping and preparing food, all the ingredients and utensils should be easily reachable, there should be plenty of room in front of the main kitchen appliances such as your oven or your fridge and you should always have enough space for traffic flow. Make sure that you also have a comfortably large countertop (ideally, you will have enough workspace for two persons). And if your kitchen isn’t spacious enough, perhaps you can consider having a mobile cabinet which can be pulled out and used as an additional workspace. A mobile kitchen island is also convenient for this purpose because you can change its location whenever you need to.
Items Worth a Splurge
When planning kitchen renovation, it is essential to decide where to save and where to splurge. While some expensive kitchen appliances aren’t really necessary for satisfying your daily needs, some are definitely a great investment. It is worth spending money on practical items like a second sink which will increase your productivity and efficiency in the kitchen or quality cabinets with gliders and pull-out drawers or shelves which provide smarter storage options. You should also invest in a quality countertop made of a top-notch material such as granite or engineered stone and the right floor such as the one made of hardwood or porcelain tiles. Things you don’t have to purchase straight away include luxury kitchen appliances, glitzy light fixtures or expensive kitchen décor.
Easy DIY Fixes
If you don’t have a big budget but you want your kitchen to shine, there are some great DIY tricks for a quick and easy makeover. If you are not happy with the design and colour palette, you can repaint your walls and cabinets, add new lighting options and accessories space with some cool storage units such as labelled wooden boxes and woven baskets. If you need more storage space, you can add a few open shelves and hooks to the walls where you can keep your pans, pots, mugs, kitchen utensils or food supplies. Another great DIY trick to revamp your cabinets is to install gliders for pull-out drawers and shelves. Replacing faucets will make your kitchen shine, and if you have no money to change the tiles, you can try using a do-it-yourself mosaic tile kit to revamp the surface directly above the sink. If you want a trendy kitchen island, you can try making it from a vintage furniture piece and then just top it off with a countertop made from stone or concrete.
Author’s Bio: Alex Morrison has been a Melbourne SEO Expert for over 10 years. In this time he has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including home design, relationship and financial support. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.