A kitchen is more than just cabinets and crockery, which is why remodelling the hub of the home is a big deal and not something to be approached rashly. Think about how you use your kitchen. Is it more for cooking or congregating? Is it family-friendly or a relaxed hangout for you and your friends? Next, consider what it is you want from your kitchen, whether that’s more space or simply updating the decor.
Although a kitchen remodel can seem extremely daunting, when it’s done to the highest standard it can instantly raise the value of your home, provide you with a more functional cooking space, and make you the envy of all of your friends. These tips are the first steps to green-lighting your project.
This is the fun part. Look for pictures of your dream kitchen in books, magazines and on the internet. You could gather your design ideas into a folder or create a board on Pinterest, an online visual bookmarking tool. Then, analyze the existing space by taking plenty of measurements to get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout. Consider every aspect of the room, from architectural details to the materials you wish to incorporate.
Consider These Factors
The number one factor you should always keep in mind is your budget. Are you looking for a full-scale renovation or a surface-level kitchen update? Decide how much you can spend, not forgetting to save 10% of your budget for the unexpected, and set up an Excel document to keep track of your expenses, making sure to check it regularly.
This will help you differentiate between needs and desires, so you can decide where to splurge and where to save. As an example, a must-have might be new kitchen cabinets as your current ones are hanging off their hinges, and on your wish-list could be an eco-friendly induction cooktop to replace an energy-hungry hob.
Talk To An Expert
Visit a showroom and get advice from a professional kitchen designer. Hiring a pro is well worth the investment as they’ll be able to help with space planning, choosing fixtures and finishes, ordering products and managing your project from start to finish. Plus, their remodel expertise can save you a lot of money, time and frustration.
It’s important to spend as much time as possible getting the design right from the outset, as this will limit the amount of majors changes made during the project itself. A quality kitchen designer will sit down with you, listen to your ideas and if they can’t put all of them in place, then they will be able to provide alternative solutions.
Not sure where to start? Then why not take a look at Black Rok Kitchen Designs Recent Projects to see if any of our kitchens make your wish your list.