So, you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen? Great choice! There are few rooms in the house that are more rewarding to remodel than the kitchen. This space is generally regarded as the heart of the home, and it’s no secret that a gorgeous kitchen can literally transform the look and feel of your whole house!
At Combit Construction, building company North London, we love helping our clients achieve kitchens that are as functional as they are beautiful. That’s why we’ve taken the time to create this step-by-step guide to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
A quick search on the internet will reveal a plethora of dazzling kitchen ideas and designs, but don’t make the mistake of rushing into the project without a clear vision of what you want to achieve.
Before you start removing cabinetry or choosing new appliances, you must take time to
1. THINK, ANALYSE, DISCUSS
Now’s the time to sit back and really evaluate how you use your kitchen and what you want to achieve from your remodel. Ask yourself these questions about your current kitchen:
- Who uses the space?
- What do you love about it?
- What are the things about it that drive you crazy?
- Do you need more storage space?
- Is there enough bench space?
- Do you feel cut off from the rest of the family when you’re working in the kitchen? i.e., is it too separate from the living space? Can you combine the living and kitchen areas as part of the remodel?
Discuss the pros and cons of your current kitchen and the renovation with the rest of the household and get their ideas about ways to achieve maximum functionality.
2. RESEARCH AND DISCOVER
We get it: this groundwork stuff isn’t glamorous or exciting, but it’s essential if your kitchen remodel is to be 100% successful. Failure to plan is one of the most common renovation mistakes, so don’t fall into this trap!
Deciding on a builder for your project is probably the most important part of your research. Your builder can literally ‘make or break’ your renovation project, so take your time finding a team that has the expertise, experience, and creative ability to achieve exactly what you want.
Research builders online, get quotes from builders, ask for referrals and talk to family and friends who have also done renovation projects. Ask questions and get answers – your kitchen remodel is a big investment, so you need to get it right first time round!
Arrange a time to meet with your builder on site. A face-to-face meeting is a great way for you to assess the builder’s professionalism and attitude towards your project.
3. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
We think it’s impossible to over-emphasize planning! As the old cliché goes, ‘a job well planned is a job half done’ – this couldn’t be truer when it comes to a kitchen renovation!
Planning involves deciding on:
- Colour scheme
There’s no shortage of inspiration and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of choices there are to be made. That’s where an expert can help – talk to your renovation team about the best way to achieve the perfect harmony between form and function.
Visit showrooms and get a feel for different kitchen layouts and styles – there’s nothing like physically seeing and feeling products to help you make your decisions.
Budgeting isn’t always easy. However, it’s important that you set boundaries and discuss these with your builder. Of course, with a renovation project you’re working with an existing building and sometimes during demolition, we find ‘unexpected’ challenges which must be overcome. To avoid the all-too-common budget blow-outs, we suggest allowing an amount for these unplanned extra expenses.
4. GET APPROVALS
Is your kitchen remodel part of a bigger renovation or home extension project? Talk to your builder about any legal paperwork or council approvals that may be necessary to complete your project.
We also recommend getting your neighbors on the side – a quick cuppa and a friendly chat about your plans might prevent relationships from going sour when the noise and dust start!
5. SIT BACK AND WATCH THE MAGIC!
Seeing your dreams turn into realities is the exciting part!
We understand that renovations can be stressful, but at Combit Constructions we do everything we possibly can to ensure that your project is going smoothly and is completed on time and within budget. Clear communication is our secret weapon: Igor and the team keep our clients well informed at each stage of the project, and they’re always there to answer any questions or concerns.
For more information on how to ensure that your renovation project is a success story, contact the team at Combit Constructions today.