Revamping Your Kitchen? 5 Ways to Make the Process Easier and Stress-Free
Revamping Your Kitchen
Are you planning on revamping your kitchen? Well, there’ll be nothing nicer than the end result: just think of those sunny mornings, long Sunday afternoons or leisurely evenings cooking for your family, all in the comfort of your brand new kitchen! Here’s how to make the process easier and as stress-free as possible…
1. Nail down your budget
Switching up your kitchen isn’t likely to be cheap. In fact, you can expect to spend at least £3,000 on a basic upgrade, but upwards of £10-20k if you want something of higher quality. Whatever the case (and however much cash you have to play with), it’s important to have a budget in mind. Have a clear idea of where your finances are coming from, and then start gathering quotes from kitchen fitters, builders and anyone your friends and family can recommend to you. Allow some contingency budget (for anything you forget, or any unforeseen work that needs doing) – that way, you’ll be reducing unnecessary stress or a sleepless night later down the line.
2. Gather inspiration (but be realistic)
Next, the fun bit! Start gathering inspirational photos to help you achieve the look you’re going for. Pinterest is a great resource for this, and so is Houzz, but there are plenty of interior design blogs you can read for tips, tricks and home tours if you feel like being nosey. However, make it low-stress by carefully examining each image you’re drawing inspiration from: note down what it is you like about each image in particular (as this will help you to see common threads between designs and styles), and pay attention to the things you can’t replicate in your home. For example, monitor your expectations if you’re lusting after a kitchen in a Manhattan loft but you only have a 1970s semi in the UK: you can replicate some elements, but your kitchen won’t necessarily have the height and grandeur of some of the designs you see online.
3. Write up a plan
Once you have an idea of what you want to do with your kitchen, it’s a good idea to draw a plan. This can be as rough and ready as you like (it doesn’t need to be anywhere as neat as a professional would make it), but it just needs to show where everything is going to go. Have you accounted for extra plug sockets, gas and water supplies, light switches or any other hidden essentials you might not have first thought of? Marking all this stuff up early on will mean you can have it all fitted before your new cabinetry, tiles and worktops go in.
4. Choose your appliances carefully
Your kitchen appliances are some of the hardest-working belongings you’ll own, and as Fisher & Paykel say, your fridge is likely to be the most open door in your house. So, spend plenty of time researching where you’re going to buy your fridge, cooker and other workhorse appliances from. Choose the highest quality you can afford on your budget, and take the opportunity to consider choosing a bigger or ‘fancier’ model with more functions and gadgets – after all, a kitchen revamp is the perfect time to upgrade the quality of your life, as much as the look of your home.
5. Scale back if you need to
Finally, if things aren’t going to plan, you could scale back on your kitchen revamp… For example, rather than refitting your entire kitchen (if that was your original intention), you could make the process a lot less stressful (and an awful lot easier) by simply changing the cabinet doors. This will drastically reduce costs, time and mess, while providing quick and impactful results. Swapping out your existing kitchen handles for something more luxurious too will also change the look and feel of your kitchen, and again, it doesn’t take too much planning, money or time to do.
Armed with these tips and tricks, your kitchen revamp should be stress-free and easy. So, remember to take before and after photos, and enjoy the results!
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