Home renovations blog: The complete kitchen makeover

By the resi financial blog team, 03 October 2014

Home renovations blog: The complete kitchen makeover

It's always useful to know how to renovate a kitchen when remodelling your home. This quick guide will take you through the basics of kitchen renovating, so that you can feel prepared planning for your next upgrade.

Think ahead

It can be tempting to tackle such a big project one small step at a time. But, if the whole thing is not planned out in the beginning, you might end up with a kitchen that looks very "bitsy". Look over your kitchen from ceiling to floor and include all the little bits like light fittings, cupboard handles and kick boards. Once you have a comprehensive list of your kitchen elements and some thoughts on what to change, get a drawing done.

If you are managing your own renovation, take advantage of a kitchen supplier that will provide free drawings as part of their service instead of paying someone else to design your kitchen. Also make sure to take professional advice on any council regulations you may need to be aware of.

Lastly, during the planning phase, consider if you will do a complete overhaul or maintain some original elements? There may be features of your kitchen that will tie into your new design. Often, you can create an entirely new look by simply replacing the door and drawer fronts of your cupboards instead of building new ones, and potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

Top to bottom

When going through the painting, fixing and installation phases of your renovation (i.e. the hard work), remember to do it in order. You don't want to paint walls after you have fitted new cabinetry or laid fresh tiling - paint first. Take this approach to the entire project and think about how each phase could affect the next. Generally speaking, you can plan on working form the ceiling, down the walls, to the floor.

Another consideration is to match your materials. Your theme could make use of plastics, metals, wood, ceramics, stone, etc. An important visual aspect to think about is texture. Wood and stone could be a great combination, but not if both have a high gloss finish. Think about what textures compliment each other. Also, if you have secured enough refinancing to get some nice new appliances - consider these in your texture choices too. Black glass and brushed stainless look great, but not with melamine counter-tops.

Lighting options

Choices of lighting in the kitchen are very important. You may want to make features out of cove illumination or track lights, but it is important to remember the difference between ambient and task lighting. Balance your natural sunlight with your placement of light fixtures to create a general ambient brightness. When it comes to slicing a nice lamb roast you want direct light over where you're working.

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