Kitchens are among the most important space in your home. Having a beautiful and functional kitchen not only makes cooking fun for the family, it is also a good way of giving your home a stylishly modern look.

As a homeowner, you’re either own a passé kitchen design dating back to what seems like a century-old, persistently screaming for a much needed facelift, or you could be having a brand new empty kitchen in your new home, awaiting transformation with a complete gut job that’ll turn your dream kitchen into a reality.

HIRE KITCHEN PROFESSIONALS TO DO THE JOB

Soliciting help from an Interior Designer can be well worth the investment. Not only do these professionals have access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners don’t, but they have the inside scoop on trends, new materials, building codes and technical quirks. Plus, their expertise can save you a lot of time, money and frustration.

KNOW YOUR NEEDS AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Before meeting up for any consultation with a professional, perform a little due diligence on your part by browsing through magazines or websites for a particular look of your dream kitchen. Remember, a picture speaks a thousand words. It will make communication easy for both you and the professional(s) for the intended project.

In addition, functionality is an important element of your kitchen. Understand how frequent do you spend time in your kitchen. Do you cook regularly? Are they usually heavy or light cooking?

Ensure you have a good idea of what you want to do, and are able to spend, so as to avoid a disconnection between plans and reality. There are fixed cost for raw materials, thus miracles don’t usually happen if you’re working with a shoestring budget, so manage your expectations.

 

CLEAR UP SPACE AND PLAN YOUR STORAGE

For any kitchen, it is best to do away with the items or design features that would make your kitchen appear crammed or congested.

The best way of giving your old kitchen a new and improved look is to make some changes to its space and layout. Removing some of the walls that are boxing up your kitchen will help you in freeing up space, thus making the kitchen area look a lot more spacious.

You can further de-clutter your kitchen by replacing old appliances with new ones that can multi-task and manage the work done by several individual machines. A good example would be a microwave oven that could also be used as a convection oven. When choosing new appliances, make sure that the products you are buying are energy efficient as well. This will help you shave your utility bills in the long run.

Maximise your space by having cabinetry or storage on walls or suspension. Make full use of every nook and cranny. Put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling, rather than leaving a gap on top that collects dust. Consider deep drawers for easier access to pots and pans, and include enough storage for appliances that otherwise would clutter up countertops.

 

EXPLORE LIGHTING ARRANGEMENTS

Unlike in other rooms of the house, overhead lighting is insufficient in kitchens. In the kitchen, you don’t want the light behind you, casting a shadow on the kitchen workspace. You need it positioned to fall in front of you so that the workspace area is well illuminated. It is not only for aesthetic reasons but also to avoid any accidents. Remember, you’re working with dangerous items such as knives, cleavers, can openers and other sharp tools in the kitchen workspace. Make your kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible.

Changing the lighting arrangements can also have a very refreshing effect on the appearance and look of your kitchen. You would not have to spend too much money on these lighting fixtures. Just keep in mind that they need to be of a different type than the ones you had installed in your kitchen previously.

 

CHOOSE KITCHEN SURFACES WISELY

Choose a surface that’s easy to work on and care for. But keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain. For practicality and ease of maintenance, consider using countertop materials such as granite, soapstone, pigmented concrete, recycled glass & cement, stainless steel or wood. Some may be more expensive but they last a long time. Laminate is very affordable but it’s not the most durable of countertops, so it may not be best for heavy-duty cooks.

 

HAVE THE RIGHT KITCHEN FLOORING

When it comes to flooring, consider slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity. Stone floors, which are somewhat porous, for instance, may need periodic resealing. If so, ask your contractor or designer how often, and whether you want to deal with that process. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but be aware that they wear out faster by the fridge, stove and sink than other areas. Ceramic tiles are very popular because of its affordable price and durability. Be sure to use non-slip ones to avoid nasty slipping accidents.

 

SURVIVING THE ORDEAL

Once home renovation is over, well … almost over … there’s always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. Do up a check list to minimize such hiccups. It’s inevitable that your contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items. Things happen, and little things get missed. Overall, renovating a kitchen is not that difficult. The best way to approach this is with a positive attitude.