Getting Started On Your Kitchen Renovation
- By Balla Media
- 25 Sep, 2017
A kitchen renovation can be overwhelming. However, following the below steps and having realistic expectations with regard to your budget and the scale of kitchen renovation, will translate into finding a competent kitchen design company, like us, to ensure that the process is an enjoyable one!
1. Set A Budget
It is important to set a budget that is realistic in terms of what you can afford and what you can expect to achieve. A common benchmark for a kitchen renovation is a budget of between 5% and 10% of the value of your home. A good way of determining budget is to know the length of time one is intending to stay in the home – the longer, the higher the budget can be.
Your kitchen company needs a budget to help you choose all the components of your kitchen that are best suited to your needs and lifestyle. A competent designer will know how to achieve your goals and get the best value for your dollar. The selection of kitchen products is endless as long as you work with a kitchen company that has the knowledge and ability to source the products that are of interest to you.
2. Collect Photos
Look at design magazines and collect photos of layouts, colours, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, storage solutions, etc. that appeal to you. This will help your designer understand the look you are trying to achieve. You should, however, be prepared to find out that all of your wishes may not be met for practicality or budget reasons.
3. Make A List Of “I Wants”
Think about the main features you would like to see in your kitchen, i.e. types of appliances, drawers for pots and pans versus cupboards, pull-outs and pantries, appliance garages, built-in entertainment equipment (TV’s and stereos), islands with or without seating, amount of counter space, storage aids such as spice drawers, vegetable storage, recycling bins, garbage receptacles, countertop and flooring materials, etc.
4. Make A List Of “I Don’t Like”
Itemize the things that are lacking, inefficient or you really dislike in your present kitchen. Do you have a poor layout, does the fridge open the wrong way, is the sink too big or too small, do you have too little preparation area, does the microwave take up too much space, do you have dead corners, too little light, not enough storage space, lack of good organization within cupboards, etc.
5. Assess Your Lifestyle
Recognize the needs of your family. Whether you have young children, teenagers, an empty nest, or in-laws living with you, the design of your kitchen and/or the materials you use should be chosen carefully. Again, there is a huge selection of products that will be best suited to your family’s needs and wants.
6. Research Your Appliances
Before the design process begins it is important for you to think about and research your appliances. Will you be using existing appliances or buying some or all new ones? Will the range be freestanding, slide-in, or a cook-top and wall oven combination? Will the appliances be electric or gas? Will the appliances be over-sized, apartment-sized or standard sizes? Do you have a specific range hood in mind? Will there be a wine fridge, a built-in coffee machine, or any other auxiliary appliances that need to be addressed in the design process?
Given this information, our designers will assess whether the appliances you have in mind are the best solution for your space and, if necessary, recommend alternate solutions
Emerald Kitchens & Design Inc. has designers on staff to help you in the selection of all aspects of your kitchen renovation. The company employs a full-time project manager who co-ordinates with you and/or your contractor for a smooth renovation. This translates into complete control over every aspect of the renovation to ensure high quality results.
In short, you can trust Emerald Kitchens & Design Inc. to do the job right for you. Contact us today to get started!