Not too long ago, I talked about how to add maximum value to the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most important areas in the house and it is certainly worth investing in. There is a lot you can do to add value to the kitchen too, including adding smart appliances, better lighting, and boosting the kitchen’s energy efficiency.
Making these changes means doing a kitchen makeover. Whether it is a complete remodelling, or a small project designed to refresh the kitchen, a kitchen makeover can still be daunting. It is even more so if it is your first one. Worry not, because these simple tips and tricks will help you prepare for the kitchen makeover, enabling you to execute the project better.
One of the first things you want to do before planning a kitchen makeover is to find experts that can help you with the job. Contractors specialising in kitchen-related makeovers and projects are usually the best, mainly because they already know their way around the kitchen and the possible problems they may run into along the way.
That said, the expert can also be you. Many kitchen makeover ideas are simple enough to tackle as a DIY project. You also have suppliers and plenty of other resources to help you along the way. As long as you have the skills and the right tools for the job, there is nothing wrong with approaching the kitchen makeover as a DIY project.
Set a Budget
Always – and I do mean ALWAYS – set a budget for the project. I have seen countless kitchen makeover projects, including my own at times, go beyond the intended scope because there is no clear budget for the project. It is easy to get tempted by more changes and simple additions that will add up to a huge hit to your bank account at the end of the project.
A budget lets you set the scope of the project firmly. You know exactly how much you can afford to spend on the makeover, and you can plan the project accordingly. You don’t have to make all of the changes right now; a clear budget helps you divide the project into phases too.
Decide on a Plan
You must also have a clear makeover plan before starting the project. A kitchen makeover or remodelling isn’t the kind of project you want to let flow. As interesting as going with the flow might sound, you need to have a clear theme and an even clearer plan if you want to end up with a kitchen that is both functional and beautiful.
Fortunately, you have more ideas to explore than ever. You have Pinterest and home design sites to draw inspiration from. There are even resource centres that specialise in kitchen makeovers and designs. If you are interested in DIY makeovers, there are plenty of tutorials and videos to follow too.
Having a budget and a clear plan is beneficial in another way; you can save on the project by shopping online. Thanks to online suppliers and retailers, it is now possible to find anything from materials to accessories and decorative items without leaving the comfort of your own home.
With materials, for example, you now have Savoy Timber offering pre-cut and precisely measured materials for your worktops, splashbacks, and other parts of the kitchen. You can even order customised materials for the cabinets. Other things you need for the kitchen makeover can be found online just as easily.
Go into Detail
You can never be too meticulous when it comes to designing a kitchen. In fact, you should always take the time to think about the details of the kitchen thoroughly. Small things matter. Optimising the work area based on how you prefer to use the kitchen, for instance, can change how the kitchen feels altogether.
Lighting and storage are other details you want to really consider. Lighting the kitchen well will alter the mood and ambience of the space substantially. Adding sufficient storage space to the kitchen also helps make the kitchen more comfortable to use and easier to manage.
Keep It Simple
On the subject of storage and making the kitchen easy to manage, you want the design of the kitchen to be clutter-free from the start. Keep the overall layout simple, add elements that you know will bring value to the space, and avoid going too far with the makeover. This is how you keep the kitchen functional while making it more beautiful than ever.
These tips will help you tackle your own kitchen makeover without a problem. As long as you keep these tips in mind and you approach the project with care, there is no reason why you wouldn’t end up with the dream kitchen you have always wanted. All you need to do now is plan your own project and get started right away.