If you live in your home long enough, chances are you’re going to want to do renovations at some stage. And where better to start than the kitchen? After all, this is the hottest hub of the home: the place where your family gathers to eat, socialize and entertain friends. It must be a zone that’s organized, functional and facilitates smooth workflow, so why not remodel yours to suit your needs, your lifestyle and your family?
Whether the property you are living in is a long-term investment or simply a stepping stone to something more permanent, you want every cent you spend on your home to be worthwhile. It’s also well-known fact that the kitchen can literally be the ‘make or break’ point of a home if you are renovating with a view to selling or renting out your property.
So, inevitably we find ourselves asking the question ‘are kitchen renovations worth it?’ Of course, there are as many opinions as there are people to give them, but let’s take a quick look at what some of the experts have to say…
1. Long-term Advantages
If you’re generally happy with your home, but simply want to give it a freshen-up, renovations may well be the way to go. Re-modelling your kitchen allows you to plan for the future and accommodate the changing needs of your family.
“…think of how your family is evolving and make choices that will work for it” – James Treble, interior designer.
By renovating your kitchen, you can create a zone that is tailored to meet your needs.
2. Be Prepared
If you’re going to remodel your kitchen, you’ll have to be prepared for the disruption and mess:
” Renovating is tough. It is probably one of the biggest tasks you will ever undertake. There will be pitfalls along the way; pitfalls, which even experienced builders dread.” – James Mason, renovatonjunkies
The fact is that you must make the mess to achieve the result, and although the disruption to the family routine may be annoying, it’s only temporary and the end results will be worth it! If you embark on your renovation thinking it’ll all be as easy as 1-2-3 you’ll likely be disappointed, so be realistic, expect hiccups along the way and be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Plan your kitchen renovation carefully and methodically, thinking about what will be involved in each step. Forward thinking and preparation could make life a lot more bearable when the time actually comes!
3. Spend Wisely
Whether it’s your own home or a rental property, we understand you want to get the best ‘bang for your buck’. That’s why it’s important to spend wisely. Budget more for items such as benchtops that will boost the appeal of the kitchen and add to the overall resale value of your home.
“Lifestyle, time spent in the home, and future resale are all factors that should be considered by any homeowner looking to make changes to his or her kitchen while keeping budget in mind.” – Kelly Morisseau, Certified Interior Designer and author of Kelly’s Kitchen Savvy.
Are kitchen renovations worth it? While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we believe that kitchen renos can boost both the practicality and the resale value of your home beyond your expectations. For more advice on your re-vamp project, contact the team at Wonderful Kitchens on (02) 9772 2988 and chat to one of our expert designers.