The simple fact is that nobody is completely satisfied with their kitchen. There’s always something missing. Somebody thinks that their countertop is too cluttered, while someone else is lamenting their lack of storage space. If there is a single problem about the house, it’s most likely in the kitchen. That means that most of us are consistently dreaming about remodeling our kitchen.
If you’ve finally decided to give your kitchen a makeover you feel it deserves, you are probably thinking about all the improvements you’re going to make. However, there are many important things to consider, and people generally neglect them. Some of those can cause problems in the future, so you should definitely not skip them. Here are the most important ones.
1. Plan carefully
This one should be a no-brainer, but unfortunately, it often isn’t. Many people have only a vague picture of what they want to achieve when they start preparing for the remodeling. Take at least six months before the actual work to plan every little detail. Think about the traffic and the most convenient ways of arranging the elements to allow easy passage. Make sure that everything opens easily, without being blocked by other elements. Choose all the materials and fixtures before the works start. That will minimize the danger of them not arriving on time and the work dragging on and on. And of course, come up with backup plans. Even the most careful plans can face a glitch or two in the process. Be prepared if it happens.
2. Mind the budget
In Australia, the average cost of renovating a kitchen is anywhere from $17,000 throughout the country to $23,000 in Sydney. It’s not a small amount, so unless you have an unlimited budget, you want to be careful with your money. Make sure you have all the information beforehand. Make two lists – a must-have list, and a wish list. When you’ve covered the costs for the must-haves, you can see how you can use the rest of the money. However, be conscious of the fact that the wish list is only a wish list, and don’t make it a priority.
3. Thoroughly examine any possible issues
Nobody wants to have to make adjustments and fix problems after they’ve remodeled the kitchen. So now is the time to fix everything that needs fixing. Check everything you can. Is the water flowing down the drain without any issues? Are the pipes generally okay? Are there any power sockets that need changing? Take a good look at your ceiling. Are there any stains? If there are, it’s entirely possible that your roof is (or was) leaking and you must deal with it immediately before any lasting damage has been made. Go to the attic and see if there is anything you can spot and solve yourself. If not, and if your house is very old, you may need to get help. There are some skilled professionals who specialize in roof repairs Sydney, so don’t hesitate to contact them if need be. It’s important to prevent any potential issues before you go on with the renovation, so you don’t have to ruin your beautiful new kitchen.
4. Don’t forget the storage space
A kitchen is always either crowded or getting there. It’s probably the room in the house that is the most cramped up, so it needs plenty of storage space. Consider the things you want to put in your kitchen and think about the best and most practical ways to store them. You need plenty of storage space for all the cooking equipment and food, so don’t be afraid to go a bit overboard with this. More storage means fewer headaches in the long run, and if you need to sacrifice a bit of space, so be it.
5. Don’t play it too safe
Kitchen renovation is often done in order to increase the value of the house. While thinking about the long run is great, don’t forget that, by the time you sell your house, you’ll need to live in it for a time. Therefore, make it your own. Don’t be afraid to add a personal note to it – anything from colorful tiles to statement chandeliers can give your kitchen a bit of personality.
Even though the work on remodeling can be stressful, it can also be a lot of fun. Be prepared to face any hiccups on the road, and you’ll have your brand new kitchen in no time!
Author bio: Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.