It’s a well-known fact that the modern kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s possibly the busiest room in any home and the place that brings families and friends together. For this reason, it’s important that a kitchen not only looks beautiful but its functionality needs to suit your lifestyle and family dynamics.
A beautiful, modern and functional kitchen is also one of the features many buyers desire when looking to purchase a new home and we’ve all heard the saying kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.
A new kitchen can be expensive but it can also add significant value to a property when it comes time to sell so it’s important to get the space right. Many people take months in the planning stages before embarking on a new kitchen. So how do you ensure you’re off to a good start with your kitchen renovation?
In this blog post, we’re going to answer the five most frequently asked kitchen renovation questions homeowners ask us when embarking on kitchen renovations.
5 Kitchen Renovation Question's Answered
Small or Budget Kitchen Makeover
This option is definitely at the lower end of the pricing scale. To achieve this price range, you will need to consider sticking to the original layout and keeping appliances and plumbing in their current location. Cupboards are a lot more cost effective than drawers which can be a challenge when everyone seems to want more large drawers and less cupboards. Try including one large bank of three drawers with a narrower top drawer for cutlery and utensils, the second deeper drawer for everyday crockery and the bottom deeper drawer for pots and pans or plastics. This one set of drawers alone will improve the functionality of your kitchen.
When it comes to finishes for your cabinets and benchtops, companies like Laminex, Polytec and Nikpol all have a great range of contemporary colours in melamine for cabinetry and laminate for benchtops. While a white kitchen is always popular, there are many options for colours that fit with current trends or your favourite colour combination. Developments in Laminate benchtop options mean that you can now install laminate benchtops that look very similar to marble or stone. A tiled splashback is possibly the best option for a budget kitchen renovation. Choose from a huge range of subway tiles or large format tiles for cleaner lines with less grout to clean.
Mid-range Kitchen Renovation
Many kitchen renovations fit within this price range as it incorporates a broad range of options for everything from finishes to appliances and gives you a little more flexibility in the layout and design of your new kitchen. Having said that it’s still really easy to blow the budget and it pays to be aware of where you can save money and where you should splurge to give you the kitchen of your dreams.
With a mid-range kitchen renovation, you’ll be able to include benchtops made from engineered stone like Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone or Smartstone. Remember that the thickness of the edge profile will impact on the overall cost. The increased cost of a thicker edge profile feature island in one of the premium engineered stones can be offset by installing a more cost-effective selection from the standard colour range in a 20mm benchtop around the peripheral benches. Choose from a contrasting colour or choose a neutral that blends with your feature island.
When it comes to door and drawer finishes there are a number of options from melamines, vinyl wrap and polyurethane finishes, each with a different price point and advantages and disadvantages to suit your individual kitchen renovation. Your kitchen could also include some timber accents from either solid timber, timber veneer or one of the timber look products available such as Polytec’s range of Woodmatt, Ravine and textured timber melamines and laminates.
Depending on the style of your kitchen your splashback options are increased to include not only tiles, but glass, stainless steel and engineered stone to name a few.
Finish your new kitchen with some clever under cabinet LED strip lighting and feature pendants or lighting for a wow factor.
Following a Design Consultation, a kitchen designer is able to recommend the best option to suit your lifestyle, budget and style.
The Luxury Kitchen Renovation
High-end or luxury kitchens are becoming increasingly popular with the availability of high-end and integrated appliances, smart wiring, real marble bench tops, real timber features and bespoke cabinetry.
Check out any of the kitchens featured on recent episodes of The Block and you’ll see examples of huge kitchens with equally as big walk in butler’s pantries, integrated appliances and designer finishes. These kitchens come with a hefty price tag.
A luxury kitchen opens up a whole new world of appliance options including Sub Zero, Wolf and Gaggenau to name a few. Entertaining with these appliances will be a breeze.
With a luxury kitchen there really is a solution for just about everything. Touch open drawers and doors like the Blum Servo-Drive and lift up systems like Blum Aventos will enhance the everyday enjoyment of your kitchen.
Starting your Kitchen Renovation
My recommendation to you if you are looking to renovate a kitchen, bathroom, or any room of your home, is to sit down with a designer and be open and honest about your budget, and allow the designer to guide you through what your budget will allow, or help you to establish one.
At Bella Vie Interiors, we work with clients to establish a budget, or to best utilise what they have to work with all day long. You need the expertise of a designer to help manage your expectations of what your budget will get you and how to create a functional and beautiful new kitchen that you love.
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If you are building or renovating, we’d love to hear from you to discuss creating a beautiful interior that fits your dream of luxury living.
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