Thinking of renovating your kitchen?
Kitchens tend to be the centre of every family’s day-to-day living. It’s the first thing a prospective buyer considers if you’re likely to sell your home in the future, so it’s no surprise that kitchens are the most renovated space in Australian homes.
Deciding to makeover your kitchen can be exciting and improve the overall feel of your home. But the question is, do you need a professional builder to renovate, or can you DIY it all on your own?
Firstly, it all comes down to your goals, your budget, and most importantly, your skills.
Set a realistic budget that you’re comfortable with, as your budget will determine the extent of your kitchen renovation. Decide what you need, what you could compromise on and what isn’t necessary for right now.
Once a comfortable budget has been set, you can prioritise and work out the scale of your kitchen renovation. This will also help confirm if you can DIY it, or if you’d need to hire professionals. If a complete renovation isn’t an option, there are plenty of things you can change to refresh and add value.
What are your goals?
It’s important to decide if you need a kitchen makeover or a complete renovation. This is where you need to decide what your goals are and want to achieve from the renovation/makeover. Do you want your kitchen to be more open, do you want a bigger pantry or more preparation space? Or are you looking at a change of paint and new curtains? It is important to think about layout, design, and functionality.
A re-design can make the kitchen more user-friendly, provide more space, improve functionality, and change the overall look and feel of your home. However, this could mean relocating electrical work, plumbing, and even windows. This starts to involve multiple trades that you must contact and manage, which can start taking up lots of time you don’t really have because you’re busy trying to renovate your kitchen yourself. If you’re happy with the current layout, a small kitchen renovation could involve replacing cabinets, benchtops, and lighting and would still offer a dramatic change in your kitchen.
What type of skill set do you have?
Small things like a touch of paint and new décor would be considered a kitchen makeover and is very easy to do yourself. If you’re looking at changing the layout or replacing hardware, this would be considered a renovation, and doing this DIY style would depend on your skills and the extent of the kitchen renovation.
DIY style could potentially save you money, but if there is not enough planning, it could end up becoming costly. Without the necessary skills, resources, and time, you may become overwhelmed with the renovation, especially if this is your first time. You may need the professionals to come and fix the mistakes, rather than start from scratch. This can result in costing a lot more money than you would have originally paid, or originally budgeted.
Another important aspect to take into consideration when completing a kitchen renovation or makeover is the design.
Inspiration & Design
It’s very easy to fall in love with something you’ve seen on Pinterest, without completely thinking about the design and functionality within the size and location of your space. Keep in mind that you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a kitchen renovation, with finishes that date quickly.
Implementing a strong design strategy is imperative for a kitchen renovation. Think about how you and your family use your kitchen now and what will make life easier. The location and height of appliances, location of power outlets, adequate storage space, natural light, and preparation space are things that need to be taken into account. A professional interior designer can work with your ideas and help design a space with the best possible storage, a layout that’s practical, and even help choose timeless finishes that are within your budget.
If you have decided you’re confident and skilled enough to tackle your kitchen renovation DIY, we recommend engaging a professional for the design work to ensure there are no costly mistakes.
Our team of Designers takes lighting, ventilation, storage, bench space, materials, and aesthetics into consideration when planning your kitchen renovation. Our Designers and Project Managers can offer expert advice on how to achieve timeless finishes and the best use of space, considering your existing home and your budget.
Our team is also qualified to manufacture your kitchen cabinets, which means we can work with any space.
We are also equipped to handle certification, plumbing, electrical, and any other trades involved in your kitchen renovation. So let our team take all of the stress away.
Ready to renovate?