How to do the perfect kitchen remodel

Whether you’re planning to renovate your kitchen before selling your home or you want to style it up for your own needs, it’s important you carefully plan this renovation.

With a plethora of creative ideas available online, it’s easy get carried away and let this project go out of control.  Create a great plan that will meet your needs and your budget, and you’ll be able to have your own dream kitchen.

Figure out your budget

Kitchen remodelling can be quite expensive, so it’s important that you stay within your budget limits. However, investing a bit more can pay off in the long-run.

You should start by evaluating the current state of your kitchen and then determining what really needs to be changed. Don’t forget to include the costs of labour, materials and any additional expenses. Make sure to put some money aside for unexpected costs, they will turn up!

Don’t overestimate your skills

While us Kiwi’s love DIY it’s better to hire experts for major renovations. If you’re planning to tear down a wall and create an open floor plan, professional help should be sought along with checking council guidelines. You can risk a lot more than just damaging your own home.

Undertaking certain projects on your own risks making mistakes that can cost you more than hiring a professional in the first place! Always ask potential contractors for references and experience.


Find a functional layout

Finding the most functional layout that will fit your space and accommodate your cooking habits is the most important thing for a kitchen. If your current  layout isn’t practical, you can rearrange your cabinets,  avoid moving your stove, refrigerator or sink because you’ll need to change your wiring and plumbing system as well.

If you have a spacious kitchen, you can opt for L- or U-shaped layout with a kitchen island where you can prepare food or dine.

As for a smaller kitchen, you should design a layout that will enable you to move around and have plenty of space to prepare food.


Invest in durable materials

When choosing materials for your kitchen you shouldn’t hesitate to splurge. Investing in high-quality, durable materials will pay off in the long run because you won’t have to replace them anytime soon. This is especially important for your countertops because they are exposed to the worst of the wear and tear.

Choosing beautiful hardwood floors is always a classic choice that will elevate your kitchen design. Consider investing in internal door configurations that will keep unpleasant cooking smells, (burnt toast anyone?) within your kitchen area. In addition, internal glass doors can be an unexpected addition to the style of your kitchen.

Add plenty of storage

Storage is one of the most important kitchen elements that will help you maintain a clean, organised look. From open shelves to antique cabinets and multifunctional furniture, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Experiment with finishes to give your kitchen a modern look. While a matte finish is suitable for a minimalist kitchen, rose gold can inexpensively add a touch of romance to your kitchen.

Think big, but go small

Even the simplest changes can make a big difference. You can replace hardware and faucets with new chic ones. Introducing decorative items that match the style of your kitchen will help give your kitchen the final touch, which is particularly important if you’re staging your kitchen before selling your house. This way, you can give your kitchen an inviting look and stunning visual appeal.

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Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that's where she gets most of her inspiration from.