What You Need to Know When Designing Your DIY Kitchen Renovation
The first thing you need to know if you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen, and before you go out and buy a sledgehammer to knock walls down, is that you must have a plan. And planning starts with research, so to get an idea of how you want to change your kitchen, read through some renovation magazines to sort out colours and styles, appliances and such. You should also plan your new kitchen to fit in with the rest of your house or flat. Nothing looks worse than an art deco apartment with a new country style kitchen, so if you can afford it, hire a kitchen designer.
How Do You Use Your Existing Kitchen?
As part of your planning process, take a good look at what works and what doesn’t work in your existing kitchen. What things annoy you, and what things have you always wanted to change? Write down all the problems; no doubt they’re part of the reason you want to upgrade. If you have an awkward cupboard you have trouble reaching right into, you might be better off having drawers there instead. If you’ve always wanted more shelves, add them to the plan. Maybe your crockery or pots and pans cupboards are too far from the dishwasher and sink. And also, make sure you stick to the triangle configuration: refrigerator, stove, sink.
The DIY Kitchen Renovation Design
Make sure you get your kitchen design right the first time. Once it’s done, you won’t get a chance to change anything. Decide on the cupboards and appliances well before you begin your renovation. If you’re going to spend the money on the work it’s worth making sure you include storage that is both stylish and practical. There are some online
planning tools you can use as a fabulous resource, but it might be worth hiring a kitchen designer to avoid any mistakes. Professional designers know so much about kitchens and they have ideas you’d never have considered.
There are so many visual aspects involved in cooking a meal, such as reading the stove temperature, chopping up vegetables, and measuring ingredients, so the last thing you need is a lack of good lighting. Apart from choosing a stylish lighting design, you’ll need to think about a light over the stove, and one over the kitchen island and the sink. Consider extras like lighting beneath cabinets to give the room some sparkle and to help you find things.
Knowing the size and style of your new appliances is a crucial part of the process of designing your new kitchen. These should be chosen well before you begin since different models have different specifications. This might mean you will need to change cupboards and other features you will be ordering. If you already have them in the kitchen, the tradies you will no doubt need for various parts of your renovation will know exactly where to place plugs and fittings for the appliances.
Worth the Money
- A Second sink: It’s a good idea to position a second sink and small bench away from the main cooking zone so a second person can wash their hands, prepare food or tend the bar during dinner parties.
- Soft-close drawer glides: These allow you to pull the drawers out fully so you can reach inside and they can’t be slammed.
Not Worth the Money
- Crackled, glazed, or distressed finishes: These are too expensive and not necessary, they can add 30 percent to your costs and will date fast.
- A pot filler: While they might make it easier to fill the pasta pot, they don’t help you to carry the boiling water to the sink when your spaghetti is done.
- A wine fridge: Nobody needs a fridge full of Chardonnay kept at an exact temperature.
Set Up a Timetable
When you’ve chosen your design and the appliances are onsite, you can draw up a timetable of the way your renovation will proceed. Even though yours is going to be a DIY, you will need professional plumbers and electricians at least, but they will need plenty of notice! Don’t expect them to come running if you call them the day before you need them. And once you begin, make sure you have all the flat pack parts you’ll need in case you have to order some missing components.