It’s well-used. It’s busy. And It’s vital for efficiency in your every-day life. There’s no doubt about it: your kitchen is the unsung hero of the home. That’s why, when it comes to doing your kitchen re-model, you don’t want to stuff it up. It needs to be right, and right first time.
We’ve noticed that there are a few common mistakes that a lot of homeowners make when they undertake a kitchen re-model. And let’s face it: this is a project that’s going to affect the look, practicality and re-sale value of your home! So, to help you avoid these blunders we’ve put together this list of 5 things to consider:
Don’t go DIY
A lot of people think that a DIY kitchen makeover will save them a heap: the reality is that it could wind up costing you a heap. Unless you are a qualified kitchen maker, don’t be tempted to do it yourself: it isn’t as easy as just ripping out the old cabinets and installing new ones. Firstly, you may need permits. Secondly, if you don’t have the necessary skill set, you could do serious damage to yourself and your home in the process. And thirdly, there’s the issue of quality – a professional has the experience and practical skills to make sure the job is done right.
Skimping on the small things
We get it: kitchen remodels aren’t cheap. But don’t fall into the ‘I’ll-add-that-in-later’ trap. Little extras such as cutlery and utensil dividers in your draws, a lazy susan in the corner cupboard or an extra power point here or there will make a world of difference to the functionality of the kitchen. And they’ll cost more to retro fit later, too. If you’re going to do it, why not do it properly and have a kitchen that works for you?
Benches: top priority
Of all the surfaces in the kitchen, the benchtop has to be one of the most used. That’s why it needs to be a good one. Think quality and buy the best your budget can afford. Remember, the kitchen bench is a food prep area, homeworking zone, extra seat (if you allow it!) and general dumping space for all those odds and ends.
Hard wearing hardware
over the lifespan of your kitchen, I wonder how many times you’ll open and shut the cupboards and drawers?! Good quality hardware (hinges, draw-runners, and handles) is a must if you want a kitchen that holds together and cabinets and drawers that don’t slam. Soft-close systems aren’t only for the lucky or the rich – they’re a common addition in many kitchens across the country and they make a world of difference to the feel and practicality of a kitchen in action.
When thinking about the style of your remodel, keep it consistent with the rest of the home. For example, if your home is modern and minimalistic, don’t install an elaborate French Provincial style kitchen. Sounds obvious I know, but confusing different styles is a mistake that’s not uncommon.
At Wonderful Kitchens, we’re here to help you get your kitchen remodel right. Our team has the skill, the expertise, and the experience to create a kitchen that combines the best of style, practicality, and functionality. Call us today on 02 9772 2988 to speak to one of our friendly staff.