When you’re about to renovate your kitchen, you’ll undoubtedly be inundated with choices when it comes to fittings and fixtures that can be used. Below are a few great hints and tips that can be used while you are in the process of performing kitchen renovations.
Select Decent Quality Hardware
While you’re busy selecting items like door hinges, drawer runners, it’s important to remember that quality is far better than quantity. Although it may be tempting to try and save a dollar or two by purchasing cheaper drawer runners or door handles, you will certainly regret it over time when the runners start getting stuck and the handles break. In addition, spending a little extra on these items will ensure that they look a lot better in the end and be apleasure to work with, both during and after renovations has been completed.
If you’ve decided to install corner cupboard units in your kitchen, it’s a good idea to install high quality rotating shelves or pull-out units inside them, as this will allow you to reach the back of them without much effort.
Select Appliances First
Although it might seem odd to select your appliances before starting the renovation work and having the cupboards installed, it does in fact make sense to do this. The right sized spaces will need to be left between cabinets or cupboards beforehand, and knowing which brand and size appliances are going to be installed will go a long way in ensuring the open spaces are the right size. After all, you wouldn’t want to go out and buy a large fridge, only to arrive home and find that the space allocated for it is too small – resulting in it having to be placed in your passageway or garage.
When Finances are Limited
If you are working with a limited budget, but still want to renovate your kitchen and make it look attractive, there are ways to make the process more affordable. For example, if cupboards are still in decent condition, switching out the countertops can still make a big difference. Replacing door and drawer handles can also give you a new look, but for a fraction of the price. Replacing a few other items such as towel rails, light fittings or taps can also make your kitchen look as good as new again, but without the horrendously high bill.
Avoid being too Trendy
Many property owners try to keep up with the latest trends when renovating their kitchens. Although this might make your kitchen one of the trendiest on the block at the moment, this will certainly not be the case in a few years’ time when your salmon pink countertops and purple cupboard doors stick out like a sore thumb. While open storage might seem trendy right now, you will not enjoy having to wash dishes and other stored items more often than before. It’s best to stick with neutral tones and design ideas instead.
Keeping these tips in mind will ensure that your latest renovation project is as stress-free as possible. It’s also important to remember that full renovation projects can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to finish, while minor renovations can take between one and four weeks on average.