Despite what you see in glossy magazines and on interior design blogs, there are 7 things you need to consider before your kitchen renovation. It isn’t only about choosing tapware and colour palettes. A successful kitchen renovation is a thoughtful process that should consider the particular needs of a household to ensure it functionally meets those requirements. To ensure your kitchen renovation is a success, we’ve compiled a list of 7 things you should consider before you start.
Your family and house size
If you have a large home and family the layout and size of your kitchen is likely to be vastly different to what is needed by a single person in a one-bedroom unit. The number of people using a kitchen at any one time will impact the amount of bench space allowed. Large kitchens might include an island bench and a breakfast bar. A large footprint might also mean there’s space for a butler’s pantry.
A kitchen in a small home, where space is at a premium, may require some clever storage solutions that an experienced cabinetmaker can advise on. Rositano Kitchens & Joinery are experienced cabinetmakers who can provide specialised solutions for small areas such as custom-built pull-out pantries and corner cupboards to help maximise hard to reach or unusual spaces.
A successful kitchen renovation is one that meets the needs of the people who use it. Are you the type of person who loves to spend every spare moment trying new recipes in your top of the range Thermomix, testing menu plans for dinner parties and making home-baked gifts for family and friends at Christmas? Or do you consider cooking to be heating up a TV dinner in the microwave? Either way, it’s important to know exactly how you intend on using the space.
Functionality and flow-through
A functional kitchen works with and supports your lifestyle and allows ease of movement from one space to another. Consider the flow of a kitchen and position key appliances accordingly.
Some questions to consider:
Is the fridge easily accessible to those both inside and outside the kitchen?
Which way do the cupboard/fridge/dishwasher doors open? Do they block anything when they’re open?
Are the benchtops too high or too low?
Are overhead cupboards within easy reach?
Are the cupboards too deep?
A place for everything
There’s nothing worse than trying to cook on a kitchen bench that is covered in clutter. To avoid this, take time to think through the amount and type of storage you need. If you have a lot of kitchen gadgets and appliances, consider which ones you use regularly and where they should be stored for easy access.
How much should you spend on a kitchen renovation?
A kitchen renovation is a major undertaking, both financially and functionally. As a result, it is important to have a realistic understanding of your financial position and spending capacity to ensure that the renovation outcome meets your hopes and expectations.
A helpful rule of thumb for budgeting towards a kitchen renovation is to invest the equivalent of 10% of your property’s overall value. Using this figure as a starting point Rositano Kitchens & Joinery can help you determine the type of kitchen renovation you can afford and where savings can be made, if needed.
Choosing to work with an experienced and professional cabinetmaker who can custom-build a kitchen to your exact specifications will take the stress out of a major project and not only ensure that you are completely happy with the finished product, but also avoid budget blow-outs that may be the result of inexperienced DIY attempts, unreliable contractors or sub-standard materials.
Do you need to replace appliances?
Keeping your current appliances until they need to be replaced is a savvy way to make a kitchen renovation more affordable. Rositano Kitchens & Joinery can help you design your kitchen to accommodate the style of appliances you want to purchase when you can afford it.
What is the feature of the kitchen?
Deciding on the focal point of the kitchen before you start a renovation will help you and your cabinetmaker make good decisions. Perhaps you want a colourful SMEG fridge, or a fancy oven? Or maybe you’ve had your eye on some patterned tiles from Polytec to go on the splashback? Whatever it is, make sure you take time to consider it in the context of the whole kitchen. How will you make it fit with the rest of the room?
Reputable cabinet makers in Penrith
In most households the kitchen is a hive of activity and it is important to consider your individual household in order to design a kitchen you will be happy within the years to come.
If you’re looking for cabinet-makers in Penrith, Rositano Kitchens & Joinery offer a free consultation and quote, with advice from a professional and experienced team who are keen to help you achieve your dreams.