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Kitchens have evolved. Modern kitchen spaces are now designed not just for cooking but also for socializing. Nowadays, the kitchen is a multipurpose area where friends and family gather. That is why more and more homeowners are transforming their kitchens according to their lifestyle.
Homeowners now look to the industry’s best kitchen designers to carefully plan and execute their ideas for a working kitchen. This results in a well-planned, strategic space where often times, dining, living, and lounge sections are combined.
Cooking up a budget
Revamping the kitchen space entails costs. Experts recommend that before you start with the remodeling, it is best to have a budget in mind to avoid overspending. The cost for a new kitchen depends on several factors, including the value of your house as well as the price you have in mind in case you would want to sell your property in the future. Thoughtful planning regarding the kitchen renovation will ensure that you avoid falling into financial pitfalls.
How to avoid costly renovation mistakes
1. Aim for functionality
With all the excitement regarding the design, some homeowners often forget functionality as a key element in kitchen reconstruction. Those who have a lot of space to work with, for example, are eager to adapt an “open space” kitchen. However, they sometimes fail to consider the relationship of kitchen elements with each other – like placing the electric mixer several feet away from the oven, for instance.
Efficiency is key when mapping out appliances and fixtures in the kitchen. Think of how you will use each item and plan where to place them. Ultimately, a function should follow form as you will need to plan for your own convenience.
2. Observe the “kitchen triangle”
Architects, contractors and other kitchen experts obey a simple rule when designing an efficient kitchen: placing the stove, sink, and refrigerator in an equilateral triangle.
Keeping these three main items in a symmetrical layout provide you ease of movement within the kitchen. Everything should be within reach.
3. Keep up with the times
Authorities in the kitchen industry suggest that it is best to update your kitchens every 10 years. The way people eat has changed. Remodel your kitchen according to the lifestyle you lead. For example, your dining habits may be different from 10 years ago when you were single compared to when you have kids now. Your kitchen may now be a family zone where you help your kids do their homework while you cook. Adjust accordingly.
4. Too many cooks spoil the broth
Some friends and family might also give their ideas as to how things should look. While they may mean well, you have to prioritize your needs and preferences. If it’s you and your partner who makes use of the kitchen the most, then the design decisions should come from the both of you.
It is also best to consult with a professional regarding the design, layout, and construction of your kitchen. Have an in-depth discussion with your preferred kitchen supplier, browse through kitchen showrooms, and incorporate all your requirements to come up with a kitchen that is specially designed around your needs.
5. Cutting corners might not cut it
With all the things you want for your dream kitchen, you might also be kept awake at night with the costs involved. To address this, you must have a kitchen renovation budget and stick to it. However, be conscious that you are not scrimping on the essential things.
You get what you pay for so choose wisely when purchasing your kitchen supplies. Compare prices and ask about the differences of, say, the cost of countertops or sinks. Invest in good quality materials that will last for a longer time. While considering quality, also consider the runner up. For instance, there are many RTA (unassembled) cabinets from quality suppliers that are now available that are built using high-quality materials–yet they may not have the exact shade of white you want. Be willing to embrace a close second as it may save you thousands.
6. Be storage-savvy
Consider the placement of items you often use. Ask your designer or contractor for advice if you want smart storage solutions.
Design your cabinets and storage spaces in a user-friendly way. Make use of pull-out shelves, vertical placements, and clever hideaway storage space. These ingenious space savers also save you time and energy when puttering about in the kitchen.
Don’t forget to also include storage for your trash bin. Create a space for a big trash can where it is convenient and discreet. An example could be a cabinet beside the sink or the center island where you prep your ingredients.
7. A kitchen for keeps
The secret to maintaining the longevity of your kitchen (at least until the next time you renovate) is to keep it neat and orderly. Opt for a more neutral color for your countertops, like gray, for example. This will hide scratches and stains better than choosing a black- or white-colored counter.
Follow the instructions when using your appliances. Be more careful when using their accessories. The more lovingly you use your kitchen aids, the longer they will stay with you.
Whipping up a good time
Avoiding costly mistakes while renovating your kitchen all boils down to making intelligent decisions. While there is no cut and dried formula for ensuring a perfect kitchen environment, identifying your needs, doing research, and consulting the experts will help you get the best bang for your buck for your kitchen makeover.
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres), Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.