Being able to redesign your own kitchen is a wonderful thing.
You can build it up from scratch exactly how you want it, and in such a way that it works for you and your home.
But there are a lot of pitfalls as well, and mistakes can become very costly. Here are ten tips to keep your kitchen remodel in line and on budget.
Work out a budget ahead of time and stick to it. It isn’t going to be easy – you’re bound to find some tiles you absolutely love that are way too expensive, so you need to be able to say no! The amount you spend on your kitchen should be proportional to how much extra value it should add to the house.
As a general rule, an upgrade of paints and hardware may cost around £1500, while a full upgrade with counters, flooring and luxury appliances can cost tens of thousands.
Have An Identity In Mind
You might think you know what you’re doing going into the build – until you find that you’ve bought the tiles for a cottage kitchen and the counter tops for a minimalist space.
Be aware of the architectural style of the house as it is, and work with it instead of against it.
Don’t Mess With The Plumbing
It’s a huge hassle to move the water and gas lines around, and expensive to boot. Keep anything that’s connected by a pipe where it is, unless you absolutely have to move it!
Check The Floor Plan
If you do want to change the layout of your kitchen, either with appliances or in terms of plug sockets, think it through thoroughly. Most kitchens have a general layout which makes it easier to navigate, such as having the dishwasher next to the sink.
Keep Your Existing Cabinets
If you can, that is. If they’re made of wood and still in good condition you can save a lot of money by simply giving them a facelift. Repaint them, relaminate, or add new drawer handles.
DIY Your Flooring
This is a stage in the design where you can save yourself a lot of money. Good laminate flooring that looks like tiles is reasonably priced – but pay a workman to do it for you and the cost per square metre will go up a huge amount. The other bonus of laminate flooring is that it’s easy to clean; always a selling point in a kitchen.
Get Some Free Advice
There are so many resources for advice on a kitchen redesign! A lot of home improvement shops will have computer-based design services which make the measurements and layout easy.
Also make sure you use all the resources you can find on the internet as well as asking the advice of people who’ve already done it.
Match Your Appliances
This will be harder to do if you aren’t getting all new appliances, although you can build up from a base of one or two. Your kitchen will look about ten times more professional with matching appliances – and while they don’t have to be the exact same range, they should at least be the same brand and colour.
If you already have one perfectly good appliance, buy the others to match it.
Take Sinks and Fixtures Into Account
All these little bits can end up costing you a lot if you don’t factor them into the initial design. Your kitchen will look so much better if you’re able to stick to a consistent finish – unless the patchwork kitchen is the look you’re going for, in which case also disregard the previous point.