Remodelling a kitchen is one of the fastest ways to add value to your home. After all, it is one of the most criticised and scrutinised rooms when potential home buyers are looking at property. The problem is, we focus too much on aesthetic qualities rather than structural changes, which may in the long run have a far bigger impact than the colour you choose to paint your walls. We've outline 5 steps below which should never be avoided or overlooked during a kitchen remodel or renovation. Take a look…
Before you go knocking out existing walls, it is important to consider where the light is coming from. Take note where the light falls in other rooms in your house, and think about placing the main structure of windows or a row of rooflights in the same direction where the majority of natural light comes from. Placing windows willy-nilly is fruitless especially if they provide no benefit to the interior. As a general rule, south and east facing windows provide the best solar access points, with north and west facing windows to be considered last.
You've thought about light, now what's next? The scenery, of course! If you're blessed with a wonderful landscape or garden at your fingertips, it's important to plan this into your kitchen remodel. Installing a series of sliding or accordion doors that bring in the landscape inside is a great way to create a juxtaposition between the two areas. It also creates a space that is great for entertaining both in the warmer and cooler months. Now, you can crack on with a party inside even when the snow is falling.
So, you're faced with the problem that you like both modern and classic style kitchens but cannot settle on which one you want more. Whatever you do, don't try and merge them together. CLEARLY define what style you want, and run with it. As you can see in this example, the fitting and fixtures are totally complementary to one another, embodying a chic industrial theme. If you aren't blessed with the gift of foresight or have a background in interior design, it is best to enlist an interior designer or kitchen remodelling professional who will help you define exactly what it is you want.
It might not be obvious at first, but considering the rooms next to, adjacent, or just off from the kitchen is a very important rule. With even the best exhaust and ventilation systems, cooking smells have a bad habit of making their way into places where they are not welcome. Therefore, is it wise to position a newly installed kitchen door into a bedroom or bathroom? No, it's not. If the possibility is there to change the location of the door, then this should be considered. On the same grain, if your home is made up from compartmentalised rooms and not an open plan layout, you should make sure the kitchen is next to the dining room or living room where you'd be delivering your freshly cooked meals.
As a general rule of thumb, you should try to allocate your kitchen remodelling costs accordingly. Once you've finalised your budget, you can draw a simple pie chart and determine your costs based on a percentage of what you have to spend. This may seem like a rather difficult projection early on in a project, but once you've laid some ground rules, you can look for features that fit into the budget constraints you've outlined. It also means that when you're shopping around for a new benchtop or appliances that you know exactly what you can and can't afford.
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