The kitchen is the busiest room in the house and it only takes a few years before things start to look a bit faded and a renovation is required. Once a decision has been made, the next step is to determine the scope of the project and set a budget; it might be that you only need a surface renovation, with a repaint, a change of floor tiles and new blinds, or you might decide to start again from scratch, ripping out everything and redesigning the space.
Here are a few kitchen renovation tips from the professionals.
Choosing a contractor
If you plan on doing the work yourself, all you need is the local plumber in Newtown to connect the new sink, however there are comprehensive solutions from custom kitchen renovation contractors. Choose a contractor who is established and has a good name within the local community and ask at least 3 contractors to quote for the project.
Changing the layout
If you are not 100% happy with the current layout, the existing design is not set in stone; a local plumber can easily add to your plumbing network that allows you to move the double sink to a better location. Of course, a lot depends on the size of your kitchen, it might be that you don’t have the space for a different layout.
Start at the top and work your way down
Once everything has been removed, start with the ceiling, while making sure to protect the floor with old bedsheets or blankets. Plan your project in stages and if you are doing the work, make sure you have all the tools, materials and equipment you’re going to need. Click here for tips on choosing the thickness of hardwood flooring.
Be wary of asbestos
If your home was built pre-1970s, there is a good chance that asbestos is present; here in Australia, we have asbestos removal specialists who can test for the presence of this very harmful material. Asbestos was used in the making of partitions and sheets, due to its excellent resistance to heat and fire; it wasn’t until the late 1970s that we realised how dangerous asbestos actually is. Don’t take any chances, before you rip out the kitchen cabinets, have an asbestos removal expert test for the presence of asbestos.
Stick with known appliance brands
Major kitchen appliances are never going to be cheap and we recommend buying top brands, even if that means spending a little more than you had planned. Buying kitchen appliances online means the lowest prices and that does not impact your product warranty. Whether you choose gas or electric, there are energy-efficient appliances that will help to keep your energy bills down to an acceptable.
Clarify terms of the contract
It is important to verify that the renovator’s quote is fully inclusive; the last thing you want is a nasty surprise when you receive the invoice. Most small builders offer an all-inclusive price as standard, but you should always check that this is, in fact, the case.
It is an exciting time when a kitchen renovation is on the horizon and for a stress-free home improvement project, make contact with a local kitchen renovation contractor and let the professionals design and build the perfect kitchen.