Are you excited about remodelling the kitchen after years of DIY fixes here and there?

If the plan is just getting started, you’ve got a lot to do, and we’ll help you make the most of it. Apart from bathrooms, kitchens are the most popular area that people prefer to renovate the first chance they get.

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Kitchen remodelling is no small feat and can take a while to complete, not to forget the hole it creates in the wallet! So, take a moment to go through these steps to prepare yourself for the gigantic task ahead. Of course, you could always leave it up to the contractor. 

But if you want a fully personalised kitchen, you’d be better off starting with some research. Here are a few guidelines that will help you along the journey.

Guide To Renovating Your Kitchen

Kitchen Renovation

1. Look For Inspiration 

Before you rush out to buy those materials you’ve been eyeing all week, take a step back and formulate a plan. We understand that it’s fun to browse through the store and buy everything that excites you. But impulsive renovations are a recipe for disaster. The last thing you want to end up with is a mismatched kitchen that costs thousands of dollars.

So, begin by searching the internet for fresh kitchen remodel ideas, and you’re sure to find the style you have in mind. Going through various kitchen decor images will bring your creative side into action if you don’t have a layout in mind. 

Plus, researching is a great way to learn about new textures, materials and decoratives that you can use later on. 

We also suggest drawing the design and layout you have in mind. Sketching an outline of where the counters should sit and where the kitchen islands look best can prepare you even before you visit a contractor. 

2. Plan The Kitchen Layout

Remember, your kitchen needs to be practical and functional and look fresh and beautiful. So, maybe you could note the issues you have with the current design.

Does a wooden floor add the elegance you were looking for? Does the kitchen island bench take too much space? Give some thought to the arrangement to determine what works and doesn’t. 

For example, begin with the kitchen features used the most- refrigerator, stove, oven, and kitchen sink. Try to place these items close to one another because you’ll need all of them while cooking and prepping. If you are up to it, a separate chopping and cooking zone could work, too. Also, remember you want optimal lighting for meal preparation and cooking. 

Ultimately, this part of planning is entirely up to you, and you can incorporate as many design ideas to share with the contractor later.

3. Prepare A Budget

The next most important thing is to create a budget and ideal time limit. After careful planning of the new kitchen, you need to make sure it fits your price range. Now, it’s not always easy to come up with estimates, especially if you haven’t renovated the kitchen before. So, this might be a challenge for some homeowners. 

However, we always say it’s better to be prepared with a cost in mind rather than exceeding the price limit after the project begins. You can ask questions in online forums, read some kitchen decor blogs, or watch relevant videos to get an idea. Consequently, before consulting the contractor, make a mental note of the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend on the project. 

Another thing you should consider is the time it will take for the entire renovation. The contractor will give an estimate, but this depends on the kitchen size and the type of renovation. Usually, the whole kitchen would take three months to complete.

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4. Consult A Professional

Now, you can call in the contractor and allow them to work their magic and transform the kitchen space. The best time to contact a licensed contractor is when the budget, design/theme and general layout are in place. It is ideal for getting at least three estimates from different contractors, so you can compare and select the professional that suits you best. 

Get all three contractors to visit your home, explain your thought process, and wait to hear their ideas. If you have any questions or special requests, now is an excellent time to ask if they would be able to fulfil your requirements.

5. Plan The Kitchen Space

The contractors will surely place each piece of equipment in the kitchen to match the general safety parameters. But you can always add suggestions and inputs as per your individual needs. Make sure to leave enough room to walk from one end to the other in the kitchen. Ideally, a distance of 42 inches between the counters and islands is recommended. 

As far as counter space is concerned, keep 36 to 40 inches of space for the food preparation countertop. You can modify it as you like but make sure there is enough space for the sink to fit in. You can also buy DIY kitchens and cabinets from several hardware and homeware stores. When it comes to fitting refrigerators, you’ll need adequate space towards the front so that the doors can swing open. Also, remember that if you want to move your sink to create more bench space in your family kitchen, the existing plumbing will need to be changed.

6. Prepare For Clearing Day

Now that all the planning is done, you’re ready to dismantle all kitchen parts. At this time, you can choose to relocate to a different house till the work gets done. Alternatively, you can set up a makeshift kitchen in the basement with temporary stoves, sink, dining tables and fridge. 

This way, you can stay at home and save the expenses of renting another house. Also, a temporary kitchen will give you space to cook to avoid spending daily on takeaway meals. Keep your pantry stocked with dry, non-perishable edibles, paper plates, and temporary cutlery. It’s also a good idea to keep snacks handy.

7. Look For Quality Over Quantity

Your kitchen isn’t going to get a renovation every day, so it’s wiser to select high-quality materials, pieces, and kitchen appliances. If you’re going to renovate once, you might as well get a great job done! So, invest in good quality counters, cabinet doors, flooring, and appliances as they last much longer, and you won’t need to replace them often. 

If you make the right choices, you may not need to make any more changes in the kitchen for years to come. If your budget does not allow for too many upgrades, you could consider buying used items from retail or businesses. The products are often good quality and will last long. Plus, pre-used fixtures and kitchen accessories cost much lower than brand new ones. 

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A Few Tips For Renovating Kitchens

After all, is said and done, here are a few additional tips you can follow for a stress-free renovation experience:

  • Keep a larger budget for floors since they will receive the most traffic.
  • Don’t forget to pay attention to kitchen ventilation.
  • Avoid expanding the kitchen if you are on a tight budget.
  • DIY the parts you are confident in.

Revamping Your Kitchen

Renovating the kitchen can be a daunting task which is why we recommend sorting your ideas, designs and sketches for a clear plan of action. After that, invite the contractor over to inspect your space, and you can discuss ideas and expectations for the new functional kitchen. 

After all, planning your kitchen renovation has many benefits. If you have a clear vision of the desired look and hire a decent contractor, you are already in a good place. All you need to do is stick to your budget, and the rest will pan out eventually.

So, that’s all for today. We hope you get a fabulous new kitchen. If you need assistance with a kitchen reno in Sydney, reach out to our team. We are licensed builders in Sydney and have years of experience in home renovations!

Until next time, take care!

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