Top Tips for Designing Your Kitchen Renovation
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. In this vein, a stylish, functional and beautiful kitchen design is one of the best ways to showcase your home to guests, and also, to ensure you’re getting the most function out of one of the busiest rooms in your house.
One of the best ways to upgrade your kitchen is to renovate it – but with so many factors, plans and features to consider, a full kitchen renovation design can be quite an intimidating process.
So before you pick up the pen, call in the tradies or head to Bunnings,
We’ve put together some easy tips that will help simplify the renovation design process, and ensure you end up with the kitchen of your dreams.
Be realistic about the size of your kitchen
It may sound obvious, but knowing the precise size of your kitchen will make a lot of decisions (and your renovation plans) easier. Measuring the nooks and crannies of your kitchen will help you maximise the available space you have, and will also help you ascertain technical features such as island benches or even regular bench extensions, which will help you shop for extra benchtop appliances and fixtures.
Figure out your ‘golden triangle’
Your kitchen’s ‘golden triangle’ refers to three main appliances; your fridge, sink and stove. Having a kitchen with good flow is a lifesaver, especially when it comes to cooking. The most important rule of the ‘golden triangle’ is to ensure there are no more than three metres between the three points of your triangle.
Above all, strategically designing your ‘triangle’ to be within efficient reach of each other will make for a seamless cooking experience – just remember that within your three metres, avoid placing your sink and fridge opposite one another as they are both areas of high traffic and will be tricky to easily use when close together. This process may take a little trial and error, but it’s worth investing time to create the most functional and efficient triangle possible. Trust us, your future self will thank you!
Know your budget
Before your renovation commences, it’s imperative to avoid falling into the trap of spending more than you can afford. Generally speaking, renovating often incurs additional costs – so even if you’re confident you have the right amount of funds upfront, make sure you have a little wiggle room in case any issues or extra fees arise once the renovations begin.
Even after you’ve set your budget, there are a few money saving tips that can help you get the most bang for your buck during the renovation period. For one, it’s essential to research and find the best renovation team possible to avoid hiring extra people to help or fix another company’s mistakes. Another idea is to sell anything you’re not using or incorporating into your new renovation. While it may not seem too profitable as a once-off, listing your old ceiling fan or downlights online could earn you some valuable cash in the long run, and could be a handy way to keep funding your renovation budget.
Choose your light types strategically
Before selecting your kitchen’s perfect light types, it’s important to understand the kind of mood you’d like to set for those entering your kitchen. For a warm, inviting glow, opt for soft overhead lights. If you want to feature specific points within your kitchen, such as a study nook or counterspace to prepare food, consider using modern, fluorescent globes overhead to provide a more precise light source.
Feature appliances within your kitchen design
Today, appliances and gadgets are often the focal point of any modern kitchen – so why not show them off? As highly functional and often, aesthetically pleasing devices, placing your toaster, kettle, blender or microwave oven front and centre is a great way to both feature them and ensure they’re placed efficiently for everyday use.
When it comes to larger cooking appliances such as stove cooktops or ovens, you luckily won’t need to skimp on style to choose functional pieces. In particular, natural gas stove tops offer a sleek and aesthetically pleasing design that will fit seamlessly into your kitchen design – whilst also ensuring you can enjoy a quick and functional cooking experience. Similarly, gas ovens come in a range of sleek designs, and are available in several sizes and configurations to create your perfect ‘feature piece’ for your kitchen.
Account for storage
Ample storage space is one of the most desirable factors of any kitchen renovation. To ensure no space is wasted, draw up your storage plan prior to your renovations – and within your plan, incorporate creative design to customise storage spots in unused drawers, underneath benches, or on the back of doors.
And above all, make the most of any available counter space you have before opting to ‘hide’ items in tucked away storage spots. Just ensure you’re organising your items in a neat and tidy sense to avoid a cluttered or messy look on your countertops.
Consider the power points
Hunting for available power points to charge your device can be incredibly frustrating, so incorporating power point placement into your kitchen renovation design is important to the overall function of your kitchen. When thinking about how many power points you’ll need, consider your main appliances – as you wouldn’t want to unplug your toaster or blender every time you need to charge your laptop.
Think about cleaning
As well as strategically placing your kitchen’s bins, considering how you’ll clean your new kitchen is an essential step in the design process. For example, when considering the type of benchtop you’ll install, have a think about how easy they’ll be to clean. Will they stain? If they will, is there a protective coating available that would reduce oils, stains or marks? The same logic applies to features such as sinks or cabinetry finishes, as ‘glossy’ finishes are unfortunately often rife with finger marks – especially if they’re at eye-level of kids or pets that wander through your kitchen frequently.