Planning for a kitchen renovation, but don’t know where to start? You are not alone! Kitchen renovation can be a costly, stressful, and tedious task. From choosing the correct style and deciding on the design to finding an expert, there’s a great deal of work involved in renovating a kitchen.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you design the perfect kitchen that is functional, yet aesthetically pleasing.
1. Assess all your needs
Before you jump start the renovation project, take a good look at your kitchen, and jot down the stuff you like and dislike about the current space. This could be anything – from how much storage is available to the color and material of the cabinet.
Question yourself about how you want to utilize the space – do you want to use the area only for cooking, or do you want a multi-functional space where you can entertain guests as well?
2. Consider plumbing and electrical work
Now that you have assessed your requirements, you need to think whether you use the existing plumbing and electrical work for sink and appliances, or do you need to get extra work done?
If you are planning to make significant changes to the existing layout, ensure that plumbing and electrical work are done beforehand. Work out where you plan to keep the kitchen appliances to guarantee that you have plug points where you need them.
3. Think about lighting options
We cannot overemphasize on the importance of good lighting in the kitchen. Being a practical and functional space, the kitchen has entirely different lighting requirements when compared to the other rooms of the house. When planning the lighting, it’s a good idea to balance out ambient, task, and accent lighting based on your needs.
4. Look out for inspiration
When planning for a kitchen renovation, look out for inspiration. Try collecting magazine cut-outs and set up a scrapbook. Make a note of the materials, textures, and accessories you’ve seen that work admirably well together. Try not to stress over expense at this point. Just look out for ideas and styles that inspire you.
5. Consult an expert
Now that you have already assessed all your needs consult an interiors expert. Their experience will offer you valuable ideas, that you probably won’t have even considered. Interior experts also have in-depth knowledge of fittings and fixtures and can help you source them at a reasonable price.
6. Decide on a budget
Be clear about your budget so that your designer can help you to choose where to spare and where to spend. Additionally, be clear about the timelines of the project. This will help avoid a lot of confusion, enabling a smooth project delivery.
7. Choose your finishing touches wisely
Fixtures and hardware can change the entire look of the kitchen and need to be chosen well. Think of bringing coherence to the setting by subtly pairing finishes. It helps to think of these as jewelry for your kitchen!