A kitchen renovation can be effected in numerous ways and result in numerous different finishes. For that reason, there is no one right or wrong way to go about a kitchen renovation and the size of the job will depend entirely on the size, condition and age of your current kitchen along with your budget and taste.
Whatever you have to work with in terms of budget, space and the condition of your existing kitchen though, here are three tips to renovating it which aim to provide everyone with a means of affording to get the kitchen of their dreams, or at least create a workable and stylish space in which to cook and dine.
- For Small Scale Renovations
Small scale kitchen renovations usually involve changing out and replacing external fixtures and fittings for new ones. These fixtures most often include or cover cupboard and draw fronts, work tops, vinyl flooring and vinyl floor tiles and splash back tiles. Doing this in an outdated but otherwise functional kitchen which is in reasonable working order is a superbly cost effective way to give an old kitchen a total face lift and new look. This level of kitchen renovation can also in most cases be carried out by a home owner and downing so can stand to save a home owner even more money they can then use to purchase a better quality of replacement doors, tiles and flooring.
A tip when opting to carry out a small scale kitchen renovation job is to opt for neutral, simple and inoffensive wall, worktop, floor and cupboard and draw fronts and focus on adding personality, colour accents and texture in the choice of tiles opted for. This is not only a stylish means of turning a bland kitchen into a stylish or characterful one, but also an affordable means of doing so provided you opt to purchase your new tiles directly via a manufacturers and do so by buying via the likes of cheap tiles supplier, Tile Yard Sale, as this cuts out the middle man and with it also further cuts the cost.
- For Mid-Scale Renovations
Mid-Scale kitchen renovations describe those that almost always involve some level of work that require either learning or having knowledge of trade skills or calling in the experts to carry out the odd job along the way, but which do not go as far as to gut a kitchen and start over. A mid-scale kitchen renovation usually by definition also involves making changes to a kitchen that go beyond altering a kitchen’s aesthetics, such as adding a fixed island or rewiring in order to supplement existing lighting with additional pendant or task lighting, which is both extremely popular from a style standpoint and a very practical addition to any kitchen space.
Hence, one tip when carrying out a mid-scale kitchen renovation is to look at ways to address and fix any issues within the kitchen that irk you, but do not justify going to the length of designing a whole new kitchen. Common issues include swapping out an old single kitchen sink for a more modern and practical double sink which is worth considering for numerous reasons which are all discussed via the Green Werks website, as well as addressing lighting.
After all, if you are going to have to call the experts in anyway, it is well worth at least finding out how much more it is likely to cost you to get any such issues sorted in one go as the likelihood is that paying for them to come out twice is only going to double the cost. And the alternative is to half-renovate a kitchen and end up half-satisfied.
- For Full Renovations
Consider whether your current kitchen layout works for you ahead of calling in the kitchen fitters. The best way to do this is to place a pad and pen or tack up a wipe-able board and dry erase marker to the wall and over the course of a week or more jot down any gripes and grievances you have relating specifically to the way by which your current kitchen is laid out.
Simply walking about your kitchen and trying to think about the problem areas is likely to result in missing aspects that a full renovation will provide you with the opportunity to address once and for all. Meanwhile, simply staring about your existing kitchen and thinking about its layout can also result in opting to change what doesn’t need changing, or to reiterate: fix what isn’t broken, and this is never a good idea when designing a new kitchen as you of course have to live with the result.
For inspiration when planning a full kitchen renovation and some style tips to create a contemporary and stylish kitchen, refer to the Inside Out Magazine Online article: The Top 6 Kitchen Trends for 2016.