Renovating a kitchen is both an exciting and a daunting prospect, more so if you have never renovated before. In this step by step guide, we will cover 8 important steps to creating the dream kitchen. This guide is an endeavour to help simplify your renovation journey –no matter whether you are stuck on planning, budgeting, colour application, appliances or their installation.

Step 1-Plan Plan Plan

The first question to ask yourself is why you are renovating in the first place. What is your motivation behind obtaining a new kitchen? A kitchen is central to most Singaporean families and on an average; homeowners keep their kitchens for 15 years or more. This is a long time- so one must plan properly. Think carefully if the existing kitchen is lacking in functionality or style. If you are planning on selling the home, then some basic kitchen renovations can help add value to the home.

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Things to consider in kitchen renovations:

  • Types of countertops
  • Is existing space enough or do you want more?
  • How much more storage do you need?
  • Would you be replacing the appliances?
  • Do you have any style, layout and design preferences?

Step 2-Set a budget

Think about areas where you must spend and ones where you can save. For example, it is definitely a mistake trying to save money on poor workmanship. Instead, to save a bit, think about keeping some of the existing appliances that are in reasonably good condition. Do not hesitate to ask your interior designer or home renovation contractor about special deals and discounts on materials available in the market.

No matter what- plan and set aside a clear budget and stick to it. Otherwise, it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement and skip the costs which can stack up if you are unprepared. Also add a buffer amount to cover for any unforeseen situations and expenses.

Step 3- Choose a professional

There is very thin line between fine and fabulous. A kitchen might seem like a calm and serene place but it actually has a lot going on behind the scenes. So, it is very important to hire and engage a team of specialists to carry out the work. Poor workmanship can spoil the job and could even lead to structural damage. Do hire a team of designer, contractor and suppliers who can advise you on latest trends and materials. Ensure that they have the license and registration as well as a dependable portfolio to show you. Go through the contract and understand what prices can and cannot be varied. Also find out if there is a guaranteed start and finish date. Make sure you go through these details before signing on the dotted line.

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Step 4-Focus on functionality

A kitchen has five main zones: preparation, consumable, non consumable, cleaning and cooking zones. As is evident, these zones are used for different functions that are carried out daily in every kitchen. The preparation zone consists of the bench and countertops along with small appliances. The non consumable zone is the area used for storing items that are needed everyday such as cutlery, plates etc. The cleaning zone has the sink and the cooking zone includes the stovetop etc. You must plan carefully where the frequently and infrequently used items can go. Also, since you will use the kitchen for many years, think about mobility and the age of the user as well.

A good kitchen layout is designed using the aforementioned zones in mind.

Step 5- Celebrate your style

Current Singapore kitchen trends are favouring the open kitchen design plan.  In these plans, the kitchens ‘open out and flow into the rest of the home’. Naturally, you must consider the overall style of your home in order to make it part of one big super stylish whole. Naturally, style and design are not mutually exclusive; rather they go hand in hand and you must strike the perfect balance between those two elements along with functionality.

Step 6- Colour it right

Colour can soothe, excite, energize and comfort. So, painting the kitchen right is an important part of kitchen renovation. If you have a very small kitchen avoid using dark colours which would make it seem even smaller. Light colours, on the other hand, make an area look spacious. You can also use contrast to help balance the aesthetics of the space.

Step-7 Appliances

It really pays to do some research and check product comparison websites before buying appliances from a local retailer. You definitely will save money by buying the economical ones, but in the long run, they might cost you in repairs and inefficient energy consumption. Appliances need not always have a functional value- and you certainly do not have to hide them. Instead, select fashionable, stainless steel or coloured appliances in order to add an ultra modern look and feel to the kitchen.

Step 8- Watch your kitchen take shape!

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Your kitchen renovation contractor might have given you an estimate or specific time for completion of the project. You’d still have to wait a few weeks depending on the extent of work you choose to get done. Start cleaning out the kitchen back at Step 1 so that the other processes happen smoothly and hassle-free.

Congratulations for making it to the other side of kitchen renovation!