Out of all the rooms in your home, there is a good chance that the kitchen is where you spend a lot of your time. Not just a place for cooking and eating meals, the kitchen is also a place to gather, laugh, and share in special moments with friends and family.
For this reason, if you are considering renovating your kitchen, a lot of care and attention needs to be focused on its planning and the execution. Before you begin a kitchen renovation project, here are the most vital things to consider and the most crucial questions to ask.
What is the purpose of your renovation project?
Before undertaking your kitchen renovation project, you want to ensure you have a clear purpose and goal in mind.
Why exactly is your family deciding to do this? On the one hand, it might be for practical reasons, such as needing to update your cabinetry, desiring a larger kitchen to cook for a growing family, or wanting to allow more light into the space.
Alternatively, you may just want to treat yourself to a kitchen that looks like one you saw in a magazine. Whatever your reasons, make sure you and your family have a clear understanding of what you are setting out to accomplish.
What items can be reused?
There is no doubt that a kitchen renovation can be an expensive undertaking, so before you begin throwing away everything you already own, do a thorough check to see if there is anything that can be reused or refurbished.
While appliances may need to be upgraded to newer, more energy efficient models, and your dated cabinet hardware may already need replacement, some of your old tiles may still be viable for ornamental purposes. If you wish to hang on to your tiles for sentimental reasons, check with your kitchen designer if they can still be integrated into the backsplash design.
Be reasonable and determine what must be replaced and what can be recovered. Remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and consider viewing display kitchens for sale for reference.
Factors to consider in kitchen design
Once lighting has been considered, the next major factor in the overall design of your kitchen is the cabinetry. If you are planning on ripping all the current pieces out, there are a lot of things to consider.
For example, are you going to have the same handles everywhere or have some varying, complementary styles? Are you going to replace all the drawers and cabinets? Visit kitchen showrooms to gather inspiration, and visualize what you like and what you don’t.
The lighting in your kitchen is one of the most essential design choices you will make. For this reason, it must be considered early on. How you choose to light up a room will affect other design choices, such as whether you can install glossy finishes and if wallpaper should be used.
Consider whether your kitchen has access to a window, or if they need to be improved or added as part of the remodel. For practical reasons, consider how much lighting can be incorporated into the space. Luckily, these days, it is not uncommon to see creative ways to light up a room, and simultaneously ensure your windows are energy efficient.
Next to consider are the benchtops, another component that makes a massive impact on your kitchen’s appearance. The number of styles and materials available can make it an overwhelming task. For a timeless style, go with marble. But if you want something slightly more budget-friendly, laminate or butcher’s block is equally as beautiful and also easy to clean!
In addition to making your kitchen more stylish, implementing modern technology can save you a lot of money on energy bills, not to mention also increasing the resale value of your home! Spend some time researching the latest in energy-saving technology and talk to a kitchen specialist to ensure you know all your options.
Instead of staying with gas-powered stoves and ovens, consider induction stovetops. They are easier to clean, and you have more control over cooking temperatures than the electric cooktops of old. This means better cooking outcomes and savings on your electricity bill as well. There are also plenty of energy-saving dishwashers and refrigerators on the market if you wish to explore other appliance options.
Once you have answered these questions, you will be ready to embark on your kitchen renovation project! The process can be a laborious one, but with proper planning and effort, it can be one of the most rewarding undertakings for your home.
Toby Walker is the Director and Operations Manager of Zesta Kitchens. With over 30 years of industry experience (having previously operated Nobby Kitchens and Bunnings Warehouse Kitchen Centres), Toby’s passion is providing a unique customer kitchen renovation experience, and this filters through the business to ensure a quality product with an on-time kitchen renovation.