It is not very often that a homeowner goes about carrying out a complete kitchen renovation. For those of you that do come across this opportunity, it is of the utmost importance to recognize there will be stress involved in transforming the room into one that you will be pleased with.
On the bright side, however, there are some helpful tips that can be followed to make all kitchen renovations successful. Just remember, in todays society, the kitchen is the social focal point of the home, so design it with this key characteristic in mind.
Tips for Kitchen Renovations
Tip 1: Plan Ahead
Renovating the kitchen takes a lot of planning. Its not something that can be planned out overnight. In fact, its something that often requires months of pre-planning. It is always best to have a professional come in and give ideas and tips. In doing this, you can also create a game plan, including a start date, transformation dates and end date.
Tip 2: Hire a Contractor
The contractor that you hire to carry out your renovating tasks needs to be someone who is creative as well as experienced. Once again, hiring a contractor is not something that will be accomplished overnight. You need to look around, check out reviews, followed then by interviewing several before you actually sign a contract. If you are on a tight budget, keep in mind that you will want to hire a contractor who knows the ins-and-outs of cost-effective renovating.
Tip 3: Dont Be Overly Anxious
There will be anxiety involved in renovating your kitchen; however, you should do your best to keep it to a minimum. The best way to do this is to take your time in planning out everything you want your kitchen to have. You will find that you can save much money by being patient. Best of all, you will save yourself much from much unnecessary anxiety.
Tip 4: Do Some of the Work Yourself
Another way to save money on kitchen renovations is to do a bunch of the work yourself. While at first you may not think there is much that you can do, as you get into the remodel, you will quickly notice there is plenty, including sanding rough beams, painting walls, preparing the floor and more.
Tip 5: Choose Your Details Wisely
If you go with fancy details, you can expect to pay a pretty-penny for them. A good contractor will be able to suggest a wide range of ideas that will result in your kitchen looking fancy without having to delve out tens of thousands of dollars. Some of the best ways to fancy up your kitchen include going with sleek cabinets, an oil-rubbed bronze faucet, a black sink and granite-like counter tops. Thankfully, each of these items wont cost a fortune.
Tip 6: Say What You Want to Say
Its your kitchen! Dont ever be afraid to speak up and say whats on your mind. Even though you may drive your contractor a bit crazy, he or she knows that you are paying good money for your kitchen remodel. If you want something changed, simply give the go ahead to make it happen.
Tip 7: Choose Your Hardware Creatively
One of the best ways to spice up your kitchen and add a bit of personality is through your hardware. Dont think that you have to stick with only one type. Some of the best-looking kitchens have five or more types of hardware. Just remember to keep the colors somewhat the same; this will help to ensure that everything ties together well.
Tip 8: Work With What You Have
Lastly, the best tip for kitchen renovations is to work with what you have. If you get into changing the entire blueprint of your kitchen, meaning changing the plumbing and electrical work, you will find yourself spending over $50,000 for a new kitchen. If you have the money, by all means then spend it. But if you are on a tight budget, work with what you have by replacing it instead of moving its location; this includes cabinets, appliances, counter tops, flooring and more.
About the author:
Trevor Skeels owns and operates Dianella Polishing – specialising in shop and office fitouts, furniture restoration and kitchen renovations in Perth, Western Australia