The kitchen can easily be the centre of a home not only because it is where food is prepared but this is also where social gatherings start. Renovating your kitchen is one big project for any homeowner, but it can make your house homier and it will increase the value of your real estate, too. If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen, here are some tips for you:

Think about functionality.

The look and feel of an airy kitchen are appealing, but walking the long distance from the fridge to sink or to the stove isn’t. While planning, ask yourself: how you can efficiently use your kitchen? You’ll be spending most of your time in the kitchen at the stove, fridge, and the sink—start from there.

These stove, fridge and sink should form an equilateral triangle so that they’re not too far from one another. Then decide where to place these three points. Think about the view from the stove or the sink. If you like talking to your guests while cooking, position your stove in a place where you can still see your guests. There isn’t a strict rule here: just think about that equilateral triangle and what suits your needs best.

A fresh coat of paint always does wonders.

The colours in your kitchen should match with the rest of your home—such as whites or greys and other neutrals. Paint finish could be in between satin and semi-gloss, just so the walls are flat enough to hide imperfections yet glossy enough to be wiped down easily.

Light it up!

Lighting is an essential thing to consider when renovating your kitchen—they enable you to do your daily tasks well. The proper mix of lighting will bring out the beauty of your kitchen.

Make sure to have bright task lighting over workspaces. Hang pendant fixtures over kitchen islands for their functional and decorative features. Also, don’t forget to put under-cabinet lighting as cabinets tend to block lighting from getting to the countertops. And the most important of all: dedicate power outlets and switches for each.

Where you stand is just as important.

You can choose from different materials such as tile, vinyl, stone, or wood but it all depends on your preference. Consider durability and ease of maintenance in choosing the material for your floors. 

Research, research, research.

Getting the best materials at good prices, hiring the right people, having the best kitchen you can wish for. Research will help you achieve that. Ask around, search on google or ask us. Research will help you know the process and what you need so you won’t be floundering in the dark.

Set a budget.

Set a limit on how much you’ll spend on your renovation especially materials, appliances, etc. This is where research comes in handy—if you know exactly what you’ll need to buy before you buy them, you won’t be tempted by other options when you’re at the store. Have a tunnel vision just for the things you really need to buy.

Prepare for the unexpected.

There are instances where things go wrong or behind schedule and when those instances come, you should be ready. Think of worst case scenarios and come up with a plan B. Expect everything to go to plan, but it won’t hurt to prepare for the worst.

Renovate in phases.

Doing the renovation in several phases can keep the costs manageable—especially if you’re renovating your kitchenon a tight budget. 

For example, build around your existing appliances. Since most appliances come in standard sizes, you can keep them until you can upgrade later.

Happy renovating—may the odds be ever in your favour! If you need help or advice, just message us anytime!

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