Are you thinking about completing a kitchen renovation this year? It’s a great opportunity to make your kitchen look fresh and feel exciting. You can reinvigorate the room and make it a place where you love spending evenings cooking. Or, the perfect area for breakfast with the family.
Alternatively, upgrading your kitchen can just add a lot of value to the home attract the attention of buyers. If you’re looking for a great price for your home sale, a kitchen renovation could be the perfect place to start. You can check out prices which properties in your area sold for and see the condition of their kitchens to gauge the potential value of your home.
That said, there are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid to ensure your kitchen renovation is a dream and not a nightmare.
Don’t Start Without Looking At The Cost
This tends to be the first mistake that homeowners make. They get started on the kitchen before they have even thought about the cost. They are then astounded when the final bill comes in. With all the trimmings and every upgrade, a kitchen renovation could cost at least ten thousand. But with a few smart design choices it could be a lot less than that.
Not Consulting A Designer
You don’t have to use a designer to renovate your kitchen. But you should consult one at the very least. They will be able to give you some idea of what a modern kitchen design should look like and how it should look. If you do this, you can avoid the possibility of a new design looking old fashioned.
Not Connecting It Together
You need to think about your workflow when redesigning the kitchen. You must think about what areas should be close together and which should be apart. For instance, ideally, your hob should be over the cooker. That way, you’ll easily be able to check what’s cooking in the oven while watching over the hob. Instead of hurrying over to the other side of the room.
No Counter Space
There’s a buzz right now when designing a home or room around the idea of minimalism. Everything needs to minimalist to look stylish. True, a minimalist design can look stylish. But don’t go overboard with this idea. For instance, you shouldn’t give up your counter space to make your kitchen seem larger. That will make cooking a nightmare.
DIY All The Way
We bet you think you’ve come with an ingenious way to save money. Rather than hiring an expert, you’re going to complete everything yourself. If you do this, make sure you have some experience renovating a room. A room renovation should not be a hobby. It should be a skill and if it isn’t, you may get the opposite effect to what you want. A kitchen renovation will only add value if it looks professional.
Not Taking The Advantage To Save Properly
You should think about other ways to save money. For instance, rather than tearing out all cupboards, just replace the doors. They’ll still look new and modern at a fraction of the cost.
Choosing Appliances That Stand Out
The new appliances you choose for your kitchen shouldn’t stand out or look obtrusive. They should fit into the overall design that you are aiming for. For instance, you should only have a cold steel fridge freezer if your oven and hob are the same. Otherwise, it’s going to throw off the design of the room.
Don’t forget to include plenty of storage space in your new design. If you don’t do this, your kitchen is going to look cluttered because everything will be out. It’s the last thing you want and defeats the purpose of completing a kitchen renovation. If space is an issue then you should look at smart space saving dining.
Failing To Protect The Room
When you complete your kitchen redesign, there’s going to be a lot of materials and equipment that could damage your home. From varnishes and paints to saws and woodcutters. You need to make sure that the rest of your home is protected from debris and accidental spills.
Forgetting The Lights
The lighting adds a lot to the room so it is quite amazing most homeowners forget all about it. Choosing your lighting, you should make sure it accentuates the best features of the new kitchen. Position fixtures over points of interest in different areas of the room. For instance, you might have installed a new breakfast bar. You’ll certainly want a light fixture over that to make sure it shines.
Failing To Have Fun
Finally, many people start to see their kitchen renovation as a chore or even a nightmare. It shouldn’t be like this at all. Try to avoid getting stressed and instead, have fun with your ideas. If you keep an eye on your budget and get help where needed, there’s no reason you can’t have a great time.