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7 Tips For A Successful Kitchen Renovation

Updated on December 1, 2014

Alongside revamping the bathroom, a kitchen renovation is one of the quickest and most effective ways to add value to your home. To ensure that you are actually adding value to your property and aren’t just wasting your money, we have compiled a list of tips that are sure to help you on your way to success. Please feel free to use as many or as little of these hints as you like!

1. Use high quality materials

Top quality drawer slides and hinges, for example, will mean that your cabinets stay closed and that your drawers won’t stick. Make sure that you stay away from items that are stapled together or made of particleboard and interiors of laminate or MDF.

2. Determine your cabinet heights

If you have 8 foot ceilings, choose cabinets that will extend all the way to the ceiling during your kitchen renovation. This will offer you plenty of storage, ensuring that any extra wall space can be used for other purposes like open shelves or even displaying artwork.

3. Choose an elegant countertop

The countertop is one element that can let your whole kitchen design down if not chosen correctly. For a more elegant appearance, we recommend honed or acid washed marble, stained timber, honed slate, limestone, or plastic laminate with a timber edge.

4. Install an island bench that works

Be wary of installing a bulky cube in the middle of your kitchen. Instead, opt for an island that has an open, airy look and that is, ideally, free of appliances. You could also use an island to house a dishwasher-sink combination or even a subtle cook top.

5. Avoid future maintenance nightmares

Keep in mind that smooth surfaces in light colours (such as white laminate countertop or ceramic floors) are easy to clean but show up all kinds of dirt. Also keep in mind that stainless steel is extremely hard to keep smudge free and you will be forever cleaning it down.

6. Stick to basic appliances

Instead of filling your kitchen renovation with lots of appliances and gadgets, why not choose a few reliable basics instead? Choose all stainless steel appliances, for example, or all white ones. This will make for interesting focal points and will take up less space.

7. Add interest to your kitchen

At the end of the day, keep in mind that the space should reflect you and not look like something straight out of a showroom. Before designing, why not search for a unique piece of furniture to incorporate? Or choose a colour that you would love to base everything off?

By following the above 7 tips, your kitchen renovation will be the star of the home and will certainly add some much needed value to your property. Just make sure that you have worked out your budget well ahead of time and that you stick to it, no matter what – your kitchen will be the envy of friends, family and neighbours alike and you will never want to move!


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      Nora Moore 2 years ago

      That's true that you want the right countertop for the design you want for your kitchen. I've never considered stained timber for my counters, but that would be a fun element. I agree that avoiding high maintenance elements really appeals to me. I don't want an all white kitchen, personally.