Kitchen remodelling projects generally go one of two ways: They are either quick and painless, leaving you with your dream kitchen, or they can drag on for months with a series of budget-busting calamities along the way. The difference between these two scenarios tends to be the effort and consideration applied during the planning process. Here’s a few tips to ensure your remodelling experience is a positive one:
Put Function First
Although you may have a rough idea of what you want your new kitchen to look like, particularly concerning colours and surfaces, don’t call the kitchen fitters just yet! Think about what you do and don’t like about your current kitchen in terms of functionality; What do you use the most? Would a larger oven make life easier? Perhaps your fridge freezer could be downsized in order to save space? Whatever you choose, the functionality of your kitchen should meet the demands of your lifestyle.
For example, families with several children will have entirely different requirements to a bachelor or an elderly couple. Consider how many people will be cooking at any given time – after all, the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” need not apply if you plan your new layout accordingly. People often forget to consider the practicality of their designs and things like lighting and storage can easily be overlooked. There are some fantastic examples online, as well as in catalogues and magazines, so be sure to do thorough research and look around for inspiration.
Money, Money, Money!
Deciding on a budget can be daunting. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ll have very little knowledge of the building trade and may not understand the complexity of some jobs or the costs involved. To begin with, you need to ascertain the extent of your remodelling project, often referred to as the scope of work. It can be very difficult to determine your budget when it is so difficult for homeowners to estimate what everything will cost. Avoid cutting corners to reduce costs, as high-quality appliances, flooring and cabinetry will last you far longer than their low-quality counterparts. Low-quality materials may be cheaper to begin with, but will end up costing you more in the long run.
Speaking to a trustworthy builder or architect is often a great way to figure out the scope of work and explore the limits of your budget. Consider whether the professionals you hire will charge by the hour, or for the job as a whole. If they charge by the hour, be sure to keep a record of when they arrive and leave to avoid any disputes at the end of the process.
Choosing The Right Builder
Choosing the right builder can make or break a remodelling project and a poor choice could leave you facing a scenario where the project drags on for months and runs over budget. It’s worth getting references for the builders you are considering, examples of their most recent work and find out if they ever encounter any problems associated with kitchen remodelling – If so, how are these problems overcome? A good builder will not only provide reassurance but may even give you some tips on design and functionality. Remember, they do this type of work every day and could make the difference between a good design and a great design!
Choosing The Right Materials
When choosing materials for your new kitchen, it’s important to consider the look you want, the durability and whether you can achieve it within your budget. It’s not always best to opt for the cheaper materials as you may find they damage easily or deteriorate over time. On the other hand, it can be risky going for rare, expensive materials as these could prove difficult to source in later years, should you need to replace any items. The same applies to your kitchen cabinets, and you may consider having some bespoke units tailored maximise the space and improve day-to-day functionality. Last but not least, you must consider the safety aspect of any materials you plan to use; for example, some low-quality paints and plastics may give off emissions that can be harmful if subjected prolonged exposure. Whatever your decision, make sure your design suits your style and meets your individual needs.
A lot of these rules apply to remodelling projects in other rooms, including loft conversions and extensions. There are many factors behind a successful remodelling project, but the key is finding a builder on which you can rely. CPM (Complete Project Management) is the leading general building and property maintenance company serving Mid & East Devon and parts of Somerset. Our industry approved specialists can cover the whole process from start to finish, including the production of architectural drawings and providing building control. Call us today on 01392 363999 or contact us online to speak to one of our kitchen experts and let us turn your dreams into reality.