Considerations Before Kitchen Renovations

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What You Need to Know Before Renovating a Kitchen

Embarking on any interior design project can be overwhelming – just knowing where to begin can feel like half the effort. Kitchen remodelling and renovations can be particularly tricky, especially if you’re planning for a complete layout change with new flooring, lighting and appliances. There are many things to consider, some that might not have even crossed your mind! To help ease the chaos that often comes with renovations, we’re sharing our top tips, advice and inspiration for creating your dream kitchen.

The secret to a smooth renovation project? “Its all about planning, budgeting and research”, reveals decorbuddi, Sophie Wells.

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Before You Begin, Ask Yourself These Questions…

Before starting on any work, it’s important to ask yourself some key questions, such as who will use the kitchen, how often will it be used and how it will be used. Kitchens for families are going to be quite different from kitchens that are better suited for couples. And the question of how it will be used can help determine whether or not you want to design a multifunctional kitchen. Also consider if you plan to dine in the kitchen, either with a breakfast bar or dining area.

Finding The Right Contractors for the Job

Renovations of any kind often require contractors to help complete the work. Depending on how extensive the remodelling process will be, you may require electricians for lighting, plumbers for installing sinks and joiners for cabinets and countertops.

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Budget & Timing

Having a budget in mind can help keep you on track of everything. And having one that’s realistic is also a crucial element to consider. It’s not cheap to renovate a kitchen, but it can add value to your property. Make note of how much it will cost to remodel, including contractor costs.

Also have a timeframe in mind – how long can you cope with a temporary kitchen?

Sourcing Kitchen Appliances

When renovating your kitchen, make note of any appliances that need updating. Look for quality and longevity, as well as the ease of use and features included. Having an understanding of how the kitchen will be used and who by is a great way to determine what kind of appliances to source. For example, a large fridge freezer with a drinks dispenser are ideal for family homes.

image shows a bright and spacious family kitchen with yellow details and a kitchen island

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Designing The Perfect Kitchen Layout

In kitchen renovations, the layout is a key aspect. It helps you to visualise the space and how each elements works together. It will also enable you to cost your design.

If you are opting to install a kitchen island, ensure there is enough room around it. In a small space, introducing a kitchen island might not be possible, or could risk making the room appear even smaller. It’s recommended to have at least 36 inches of space around the island for ease of movement.

“Don’t get carried away with an island, squishing one in can end up like a roundabout and dumping ground. Make sure you have enough space, and consider the triangle rule of hob/oven, sink and fridge,” shares Sophie.

Breakfast bars are a great way to introduce a dining element to an open-plan kitchen. It can also double up as extra counter space for cooking.

Buddi: Ann Jackman. Photographer: James Paxton

Kitchen Lighting & Flooring

A great tip is to allow for as much natural light to come through. This can help make the space feel bright and spacious. Also consider what type of lighting to introduce – such as task lighting to help illuminate areas when cooking or entertaining guests.

“Lighting and electrics is probably what gets overlooked until it is too late or done in a rush”, says Sophie, so it’s absolutely essential to work it into your layout plan.

Flooring is another important aspect to consider. The most durable option is stained concrete, which can be adapted for both traditional and modern settings.

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