Ask anyone who’s attempted to do home renovations, and they’ll tell you it’s up there with some of the most stressful experiences they’ve ever had. Although it can be a very busy and hectic time, a lot of this stress comes from a lack of planning and not having a clear budget or process in place. We’re here to show you some simple steps you can follow to make your kitchen renovation dreams come true with minimal fuss so that you find the experience as enjoyable as possible.
Step 1: Planning and Budget
Before you can get started with mood boards or looking at paint samples, you need a solid plan in place. Take a good look at your kitchen and think about what it is you want to update or modernise, and put these in order of most urgent to least. It might even help to get in and cook a three course meal to see where your current kitchen falls short. Some my want to tear the whole thing down and start afresh and others will simply want a stylish cosmetic update.
Next, you’ll need a rough budget to work off, so at this time you need to look at your savings or speak to a lender about getting this part of the plan in place. With a budget in mind, you’ll know what you can afford and how many of those jobs you can tick off the list.
Step 2: Be Inspired
Now that you know how much of your kitchen you’ll be renovating and how much money you have to work with, the fun bit can begin. Start by looking online at renovation pictures of your dream kitchen or start a board on Pinterest with your favourite ideas. This will show you pretty quickly what your style is, and you can start pricing materials and quotes to see if it fits within your budget.
Step 3: Call in the Experts
Not all home renovations should be attempted as a DIY job. Otherwise, you’ll end up costing yourself a lot more time and money. This is where you should phone contractors to do quotes, speak with design experts, and get an idea of how much money you’ll be spending in the process.
Step 4: Get Approvals
Some renovations require council approval, so before you go ahead with anything, be sure you’ve ticked all the boxes. A contractor should be able to let you know if there’s anything you need. However, you should never leave this solely up to them as it’s your responsibility.
Step 5: Plan the Order of Works
If you’re doing a whole home makeover, there’s generally an order to how jobs should be completed. Things like new walls and ceilings should always go first, with the finer details like fresh paint, lighting, and cabinet doors left to last.
If you’re after inspiration or ideas on how to achieve your dream kitchen, the team at Zesta Kitchens are here to help. Contact us today on 1300 100 555. If you already know what finish you like and feel that you’re ready for a new kitchen, then book a kitchen design so we can create a kitchen for your space.