Your Guide to Kitchen Renovations
If you had to renovate only one part of your property to increase its overall value, always go for the kitchen. You don’t even have to do a complete overhaul. Just a few specific upgrades can raise your property’s selling price and generate interests from home buyers. If you’re planning to list your home for sale, this is your best guide to kitchen renovations.
Tips for adding value to your home through the kitchen
A kitchen renovation will add more value to your home, allowing you to gain more profit from the property from either selling or renting it out. However, not all types of improvements to your kitchen will raise the property value. Here is a list of improvements that you should focus on:
1. Include an island
Home buyers know the worth of having another workspace, that’s why installing a kitchen island is a valuable addition to include in your renovation. Just make sure to clear one metre of space on all sides of the island for better traffic flow.
2. Maximise storage
Storage is another sure value-adding upgrade for your kitchen. Take full advantage of your kitchen’s storage space by installing cupboards from the wall to the ceiling. Include open and closed cupboards to add some variety. Adding drawers to your kitchen island will maximize its use. You can also include open shelving for more storage potential.
3. Buy quality appliances
Quality appliances are a costly addition to your home renovation, but they will also boost your property value big time. Most people will easily peg your home as a bad investment just with the sight of outdated appliances, so investing in modern kitchen appliances is a great move. It will impress prospective buyers or renters tremendously, along with your kitchen’s upgraded look. For a better aesthetic, purchase appliances from the same brand and range so they match.
4. Install a flashy splashback
Sometimes, homeowners forget this simple yet important kitchen feature. A polished splashback will give your kitchen a new character, aside from its basic function of protecting the wall. It gives a different vibe, which will make the kitchen more interesting to property buyers. Splashbacks are available in acrylic wallpapers, tiles, marble, glass, and metallic materials; each one has a variety of designs and colours. Do your research and find out what’s the most popular splashback style today so your kitchen is on trend.
Common areas to renovate
Adding new appliances, a new splashback, an island, and storage will definitely do wonders for your property. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect to improve other existing kitchen features. Here are some of the areas that you can renovate.
Probably the most used kitchen area is the benchtop so you need to ensure that it’s in tip-top condition. The best way to do it is by upgrading the benchtop to marble or granite if you are willing to splash out some cash. However, a long-lasting laminate will do if you are on a budget. Make sure to get a product that is resistant to heat, water, and stains to make sure that it’s resilient enough. In terms of styling, pick a benchtop in a neutral colour so prospective buyers will find it easy to imagine their own kitchenwares fitting into the look of the kitchen.
Cabinetry and Shelving
Storage space is at the top of the list when it comes to kitchen must-haves. Check that they are functioning well. Inspect if the handles and cabinet doors are hinged properly. If not, make sure to fix them right away. You can also remove the doors altogether to create open shelving and create a new style for your cabinetry.
On the other hand, if your existing cabinets and shelves are still in good condition, giving them a fresh coat of paint will make them look new. It will also help brighten up a dull kitchen. However, if you plan to repaint the cabinets with a new colour then make sure you stick to a neutral colour. Experts agree that neutral colours look more sophisticated and cleaner.
Another kitchen area that catches people’s eyes immediately is the floor. If you already have a decent kitchen, the flooring could be a deal-breaker. So, if your kitchen floor is old and full of grime, renovating it is a no-brainer.
Pick flooring material according to your budget but if you have extra cash, hardwood flooring is an excellent choice. It’s one of the most popular kitchen flooring choices because it’s very pleasing to the eyes. Plus, most wooden floor materials today can withstand water stains and heavy traffic. Other good kitchen flooring choices are stone tiles, cork flooring, and vinyl tiles/sheets.
Tips for a stress-free kitchen renovation
Renovating your kitchen can be very rewarding once everything is done. But the process can be very stressful for you and your family. However, there are steps to avoid turning a kitchen renovation into a nightmare.
1. Organise properly
Start by packing all your kitchenware, labelling them, then moving to a designated area in your house. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where to get the coffee, where to wash dishes and most importantly, where to eat. If you can’t move the fridge, make sure that you get an alternative, like a mini fridge or a second-hand fridge, which you can probably find online. Also, you won’t be able to cook as much as before, so make sure that you have a budget for dining-out or ordering food more often.
2. Adjust your shopping habits
If you are used to shopping for food on a weekly basis, you will likely need to adjust while your kitchen is being renovated. Kitchen renovations may hinder proper food storage, so you might need to do daily trips to the supermarket. It may also require some additional time management on your behalf. This might include finishing work early to avoid overtime, so you can buy food for dinner and the following day’s breakfast and lunch. If not, you might be eating canned goods all week!
3. Set-up a small temporary kitchen
Thank the heavens for your backyard deck or patio because it can make a good temporary kitchen during the renovation. If you don’t have such an outdoor space, an unused room will do. Just make sure that you have a good access to water and electricity wherever you are setting up your temporary kitchen.
Move all the equipment that you’ll need like the coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, microwave, and mini-fridge. It’s best to buy a small single-burner stove that you can use for the time being.
4. Learn to Relax and Meditate
Kitchen renovations can be a messy business. It will be noisy and full of clutter in some parts of the house. There can be delays, change of plans, and a lot of reminders to your kids about staying away from the construction. It’s enough to give you a constant headache.
If you are feeling stressed, it can be helpful to meditate. Assign a room where family members can retreat into and relax without worrying about the renovation. Maybe practice some yoga or go to the park for a break from the noise. Remind yourself that everything will be done soon and you can go back to your normal life.
Stress-Free Kitchen Renovations with Renovare
This guide to kitchen renovations can help you get through the process smoothly. However, for a stress-free kitchen renovation, call the experts at Renovare today. We’ll guide you through each step of the way from design, all the way through to build. To find out more about how we work, take a look at our process.
We provide premium kitchen renovations throughout South East Queensland, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay and surrounding areas. Contact Renovare today to discuss your kitchen plans.