Anyone who has experienced it firsthand will tell you that renovating your home is no small task. A well-executed reno that stays within budget requires a good deal of work in the planning and design stages, and nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen, which is the hub of most contemporary homes.
If you have a small budget the kitchen is the best place to invest, as it is the most likely to add value to your home. The key to a good kitchen is functional design, so your first step is to sketch a rough plan of your dream space and then sit with a design consultant to refine this. He or she will help you create a kitchen that maximises space and practicality – but also looks the part.
Your builder will help you take stock of your current kitchen and think about what you will keep and what needs to be replaced. Can you leave the existing cabinetry and just update the doors? Do you need to move plumbing or gas fittings? Most new floor surfaces will need to be laid before construction starts, and you will also need to choose your appliances so your builder can work to exact dimensions.
Try not to skimp on quality in the kitchen – the room needs to withstand the test of time, and you don’t want it looking dated and tired in the space of a few years. If you need to trim back your budget, rather than sacrificing quality opt for simple, classic tapware and fittings rather than bespoke options. Especially if you are planning to sell your home down the track and want the kitchen to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
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