When renovating your kitchen, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are so many things to think about and so many decisions to make, that it can often be overwhelming.
And, as a project that most of us undertake relatively infrequently, it’s important that you get it right.
So here are our top points to consider before starting your renovation…
Renew or replace?
The first thing to consider when planning your kitchen renovation is whether you are going to update your existing kitchen with new worktops, cabinet doors, and finishings, or whether you are going to rip it out completely and start from scratch.
If you’re happy with your existing layout and simply want a cosmetic update, it might prove more efficient and cost effective simply to renew rather than replace. On the other hand, if you’re going to need to move fixtures, fittings and appliances, it can often be better to start a-fresh.
How do you use your space? What do you need it to do?
There’s no denying that the look and feel of your finished kitchen is really important – you want it to look its best and complement the rest of your home. But it’s not all about aesthetics. Your kitchen should be practical, functional, and durable and, most importantly, it should cater to your individual needs and requirements.
When it comes to appliances, there are so many options out there, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
Firstly, think about which appliances you want (and need!) in your kitchen.
Secondly, do you want your appliances to be integrated and concealed? Or open and exposed? This will impact on the final look and feel of your kitchen, and potentially on the layout, so it’s important that you get it right.
It might seem obvious but, when designing your kitchen, ensure that you allow enough space for each of your appliances, the last thing you want to happen is that you’re left with unsightly gaps around them, or worse still, find out that they don’t fit into their allocated spot!
Lighting often finds itself at the bottom of the list when it comes to planning a kitchen renovation projects, but it plays a really important role in the finished space.
Do you want under-cabinet lighting? Lighting along the flooring? Or maybe even fully-lighted cabinets? The options really are endless so it’s important to take the time to consider them fully.
Kitchens are busy places, which means their flooring has to withstand a lot of daily wear and tear. This is why it’s vital that you select a flooring solution that is durable and robust, whilst also complementing the overall look and style that you’re going for.
There are many options to choose from, so research them thoroughly to identify the best one for you. There are also many innovative features that can be incorporated into your flooring, such as under-floor heating and even lighting, which, if any, of these features do you need?