Kitchen Renovation – Food for Thought
When renovating your kitchen, it is important to take some time out and decide what you are hoping to achieve. Whilst you look through magazines and brochures it’s easy to get carried away. A new kitchen can add significant value to your home if done correctly. So here are a few hints and tips to help you work out your priorities when choosing your new kitchen.
Functionality – Look past how pretty a kitchen is and try to see how functional it is. Each home has different needs, whether you need a big kitchen that allows room for the whole family to roam, or a small kitchen where everything is at hand. When cooking you will need easy access to the sink, fridge and oven, so try and work out how best to position everything to suit your specific needs.
Space – Utilise your space without over cramping. Storage is very important in a kitchen, utilise both high and low options to get as much use out of the space as possible without closing the space in.
Trends – Trends come and go, but renovations can last many years. Try not to get carried away with the modern trends and end up with a dated kitchen by the time the years out. Choose classic, timeless kitchens and accessorise to get that modern look.
Lighting – Make sure you plan even lighting so that you have adequate visibility throughout the kitchen, after all you are using sharp knives and utensils.
Stove – The stove and range hood can be the focal point of a kitchen, so try and opt for a quality oven so that it looks and works perfectly.
Cabinets – These are another way to inject some style into your kitchen. However, as mentioned previously try not to follow the most modern fads that will see you with an out of style kitchen by the end of the year, try and keep your style simple and classic.
Benchtop – This will complete the look of your kitchen and pull it all together. A nice chunky benchtop with a little overhang to save your cabinets from spillage not only looks great but is functional too. Try to ensure you choose a counter that won’t hold any food in the seams and won’t wear too quickly. Marble is a classic, it wears incredibly well and is aesthetically very pleasing.
Colour – Once you’ve completed the look you will need to choose the wall colour. Depending on how busy your kitchen is will depend on the detail and colour you will want on your walls. Try not to pack too much colour, design and detail into one room, the end result can leave it looking cluttered.
Budget – Unfortunately your wish list may be limited by your budget. Try and focus on quality fixtures and fittings and forego the unnecessary additions to your kitchen. Cutting corners on quality products and workmanship could mean your beautiful kitchen may look good but won’t last long.
A kitchen is a big investment that can ultimately add considerable value to your home. Ensure you choose wisely and do your research. The team at ASAP Now can help advise on the best kitchens for the space and budget you have. Call now to discuss your project.