We’ve all had that moment when we know it’s time to renovate our kitchen. Perhaps a drawer sticks one too many times or the oven stops working, or maybe the endless wave of renovation-based television programs provokes a critical view of our outdated heart of the home.
Regardless of what prompts the decision, keep in mind that there is no way to answer “How much will my new kitchen cost?” without conducting research and seeking professional help. It would be unwise and costly to rush out and buy new appliances, fittings, groovy lights, glass tiles or other elements that appeal before you’ve considered the overall design of your kitchen. If you want a renovation that runs smoothly and ticks all of the boxes of your wish-list (within reason), your best course of action is to understand your kitchen renovation budget and commission a professional kitchen designer.
Choosing a budget
Even if you are on a fixed budget, it is important to make a wish-list in the early-planning stages of your kitchen. Visit kitchen showrooms and kitchen suppliers and don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions. Research all of the elements you need (and want) in your kitchen, such as benchtops, cabinets, appliances, lighting and fittings. If you intend to change the existing layout or remove walls, take the extra kitchen renovation costs involved into account – for example, plumbing, electrical and carpentry costs. Research kitchen styles and establish which one best suits your home and lifestyle. Budget for the worst case scenario, and don’t overcapitalise. The general rule of thumb is to spend no more than 5% of the total value of your home on a kitchen renovation.
Make sure you don’t scrimp on items that will be subjected to a heavy workload. For example, if you have a young family choose a robust bench material that can handle wear and tear. All items that will either remain in the kitchen for a long time or will not be easy to replace should be chosen for quality and functionality over cost.
It is important to make good storage solutions, quality internal hardware for cabinets and integrated appliances a priority in your kitchen budget, because these elements will value-add if you decide to sell your home at a later date.
Where to save
Concentrate on getting the best design and installation for your money. Don’t be seduced by sleek appliances with huge price tags if you are on a tight budget. Save your money for the actual kitchen and look out for package deals – you can always replace appliances that are not integrated later on. If the existing finishes on your floors and ceilings can be worked into the overall kitchen design consider keeping them.
You can get an outstanding renovation on a tight budget, but you may have to think outside the square when it comes to materials. Consider using laminates or ceramic tiles rather than stone or marble for bench tops – laminates and tiles have undergone technological makeovers since the 1970’s. Take a look and you will be pleasantly surprised! Try tiles or stainless steel rather than glass or mirror for splashbacks, and use simple lighting options instead of recessed lights.
Working with a dedicated kitchen designer
Designer, Ole Jensen, from Art of Kitchens says “design should always come first”, and he believes would-be renovators should take advantage of the years of expertise offered by the company. Designing kitchens is all they do, so you can be assured they will avoid common design faults and create the best solution for your home. If you need to control how much your kitchen costs, their extensive knowledge of the latest products and design ideas means they have the know-how to assess which materials are best suited to your kitchen budget.
Starting your kitchen renovation with Art of Kitchens means you will get a balanced design that suits your living needs and the surrounding environment. Be honest about your budget restrictions and your design requirements and you will reap the benefits of a design-based approach that takes the guess work out of kitchen renovation, and ensures you get the kitchen you really want.