If you were to ask any potential buyer of a property, what is one of the most important things for them inside a property that has to be right, the vast majority would say the kitchen. We all have different requirements and we all move around the kitchen differently, and so the current layout of the kitchen, may not suit your cooking style. The units may be looking a little old and tired, and the doors may look like they are being held on by a shoestring. The worktops have seen better days and the tiles need to be re-grouted, or ripped off the wall completely.
If you have recently bought a property, or are considering buying a property, then there is a lot to learn about renovating the kitchen area so that you get it how you want to look, and hopefully save some money at the same time. There are probably so many things that you want to change, but if you were to rip it all out and start again, it would end up costing you a lot of money. In order for a kitchen renovation to be cost effective, you need to try to find ways to save money, by sticking with what you have already, but just improving on it a little and adding that personal touch.
If you want to learn some tips for a kitchen renovation, then the following will give you some excellent ideas of what is achievable, if you put your mind to it.
- A temporary solution – When you think you have gotten all of your ideas together for the layout of your new kitchen, make sure that you create a temporary kitchen, to keep you going when the work is being done. Rather than throw away your old kitchen cabinets and drawers, keep a few of them and have them installed in your laundry room or your garage, and this will give you somewhere to have a cup of coffee in the morning and a quick slice of toast. Just make sure that the area is functional and that you can fit in, the necessary appliances, like your fridge and a cooker.
- Under cabinet storage racks – Pull down racks fitted to your new kitchen cabinets, are a great way to store all of your herbs and spices, and knives, without having the worktop cluttered. You simply load them up and push them into the recess at the bottom of the kitchen cabinets. When you need to get something, you simply pull them down, take what you need and then return them to where they were before. These are great space savers and they keep your kitchen neat and tidy.
There are so many other tips when renovating your kitchen, like adding glass for a splashback instead of tiles. Tiles allow food and fat to accumulate in the recesses between, and after a few months of cooking, it begins to look quite disgusting. Consider installing a centre island in your kitchen and this will provide you with a larger preparation area when you’re cooking or baking.
Buying new equipment might sound like a no brainer, but often is forgotten. Setting your freshly refurbished kitchen up with a shiny new food processor, or some incredibly well made Kamikoto knives, can really finish your refurb with some class.