Renovating your kitchen is not an easy project. There are a lot of factors you have to consider before you even start the renovation process. You can’t just call a demolition team and ask them to smash down your kitchen just because you are planning to build a new one or remodel it. Just like building a house, a kitchen renovation also entails careful planning and you need to allot a budget for it.
To make your kitchen renovation more manageable and less stressful, here are some tips and guidelines you can follow:
1. Decide what type of renovation you want to do.
Are you thinking of doing just a quick kitchen renovation like replacing countertops or upgrading appliances or painting the cupboards? If you’re planning on just that, then you can contact us to help you with the remodelling of your kitchen. Perhaps, you can even do some of the light jobs yourself to reduce cost.
2. Hire a professional designer to create a design plan.
If you’re doing more than just painting the cabinets or replacing the countertops, it would be best to hire professionals like us at Lawrence Services. It will save you a lot of money since you can avoid errors in the planning and we know which materials or equipment to buy or rent based on your preference.
3. Optimise your kitchen layout.
This means having a comfortable amount of space in the right places. You need a sit-down space on either side of the cooking area and you need sufficient preparation space. Make sure that the chopping area is near the sink and the bin so you can wash them immediately. The kitchen’s aesthetic and floor-plan will be dictated by where it’s located and the size of your home. Over at Lawrence Services, we can give you advise on the best design to fit what is best for your home.
4. Spend on cabinets and flooring.
Two of the elements in your kitchen that you need to allot enough budget for are the cabinets and the flooring since they are also the most used part of the house. You can choose solid wood cabinet faces and full plywood box construction. You can also look for drawers with dovetail joinery and bulky mechanical sides. When it comes to the flooring, you can opt for Quickstep vinyl click flooring for a more classy but simple look. Moreover, this kind of flooring is scratch-resistant and they are thin and flexible so they can easily be laid on top of many existing floor coverings.
5. Lighting is important.
A well-lit work area is a safety essential in the kitchen. Lighting can also be used to create ambience. The key to a good kitchen lighting is to rely on a cast of lighting sources and to layer your lights, accent your ambience through decorative lighting or with natural light.
6. Ventilation is important.
Never compensate when it comes to the extraction system. It is advisable to have your stove installed on an outside wall so that you don’t have a long run to the outside. Lawrence Services who specialises in the build from start to finish will get this sorted for you so that you don’t have to worry about it!
7. Choose the right kitchen appliances.
They don’t have to be too expensive. What’s more important is their functionality and quality. If purchasing a number of appliances at once, it is also worth considering buying all of the same brands. This way the set will match – details such as dials, railings and overall geometry will be consistent.