It is always a difficult decision to renovate a kitchen. There are a lot of factors to consider to ensure you get the best result. It is really worth the money and hassle. However a new kitchen can also rejuvenate a home, and provide a new feel and tone for your home.
In an effort to make this decision a little easier we have put together this guide to help you decide if a home renovation is the right choice for you.
Step 1: Consider your needs
The kitchen is one of the most used, most social and important rooms in the house. With your family consistently in and out of the kitchen, the area can quickly look tied and rundown. The kitchen must also meet several needs, not only do we cook and eat in the kitchen, but it’s also a place where our children do their homework and our families play board games together and catch up on the day’s events. The perfect kitchen will offer modern convenience, be well-lit, comfortable, and inviting.
So ask yourself – How do we use our kitchen? What are our family needs? What do we need to improve? Do we need a dishwasher? Create a list of your needs before moving on to step 2.
Step 2: Establish your budget and consider return on investment
Once you’ve determined your needs, it’s important to consider you budget. Think of a kitchen renovation as an investment – a renovation can provide a high return on investment when selling your home. If you wish to sell immediately or in the short term, a modern kitchen can help the sales process move more quickly, while offering an excellent ROI.
If you’re planning to stay in your home for quite a while, then think of the investment in terms of your family’s comfort and needs. Remember that a renovation that uses high quality materials and a classic look can increase the value of your home even if you sell 10 years from now. All of these factors should be considered when you establish your budget for a kitchen renovation.
Step 3: Determine the changes can be made within your budget
Once your budget is established, you should begin pricing out the elements you’ll need for your renovation. Review your design option and ideas and then then browse a collection of sinks, handles, tapware, and benchtop materials to get an idea of styles and prices. You’ll also need to work with a contractor to get an idea of build costs.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a complete remodel, smaller changes can still make a big impact. A new sink, for example, can make a huge difference in the kitchen. Replacing an older, small sink with something more spacious and modern will make the kitchen more functional and appealing. New hardware, new colours, new appliances can all make a significant change to a kitchen. Likewise, new cabinets and handles can give the kitchen a fresh, clean appearance.
We hope you found this guide helpful!