So, you want to renovate your kitchen and design what you consider to be your dream. Most people want to start their kitchen renovation design with all of the pretty fixtures and fittings; don’t get me wrong, pretty is always great, but it is not necessarily the ideal way to start designing your dream kitchen. I’ve come up with a few key questions you need to ask yourself before looking at the design component.
1. What is the purpose of your kitchen renovation? Is it to make a profit on it, to design your dream kitchen, to make it more functional or to gain more storage space? Once you decide these key things it will help you to stay focussed on your purpose and design it in accordance with your purpose.
2. How long are you planning to stay living in your home? Or, are you renting it out? A kitchen you design for yourself will be totally different to the one you design for a rental property.
3. Would you be open to structural changes? Structural changes are mainly removing walls and. Some people get caught up in their current kitchen layout and thinking it needs to stay the same. They never really look at other possibilities, redesigning the configuration can potentially be more functional. Remember kitchens designed in the 1960’s and 70’s are totally different to the kitchen designs of today. It’s really important to decide upfront if you are open to big changes as it will impact on both the time it takes to complete the renovation and the money it will cost.
4. What do you really dislike about your kitchen and what doesn’t work for you? This can vary widely for different people and is very individualised. It helps if you stand back and respond to this question without being emotionally attached to your property. For example, you may not like the current layout; you may not like the functionality etc.