For my next segment I will be talking about kitchen renovations. Everything from layout, appliances, flooring to lighting and storage solutions. I would like to give a detailed overview with as much inspiration as possible so that you can get a better idea of what you would like for your own kitchen renovation.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where most of the action happens and could potentially be the busiest place in the home. Between the time spent preparing meals, cleaning dishes and entertaining you could be in this one room for multiple hours on any given day. You should at least enjoy the time spent in the kitchen. By renovating you can make cooking less of a chore and more of a hobby. With the different technology coming into todays market the kitchen is becoming even more efficient which means you could spend less time cooking and more time relaxing.
A kitchen renovation usually is a more expensive endeavour but there are ways to keep your budget under control. Start by setting up a very detailed and thorough plan.
Planning your Kitchen
The one step that most people would rather not think about is the budget. I cannot stress enough that you must sit down and work out how much you can afford. If you skip the step and decide to wing it, your finances will get out of control fairly quickly. More will be spent on certain items and then you will be left with nothing for the important purchases and you will really be in a bind if there are any issues that pop up.
Figure out a total and set aside 10-15% for emergencies and issues. Divide what you are left with between every aspect of the renovation. Be as precise as possible. If you are not sure how much should be allotted for each item it would then be a good idea to get a couple quotes or talk to some suppliers about pricing. If you want to be as accurate as possible get quotes on specific items and materials.
Budget is usually the determining factor of what materials will be used and where. Lets say you want an expensive marble counter top. You may need to sacrifice in other aspects of the renovation like the flooring or hardware and go for a cheaper option. Once you know your budget inside and out you can start the fun part of planning your kitchen.
Choosing a Style
You want to keep your kitchen within the same style as the rest of the house. If you have a modern home, you will want your kitchen to be modern. Or a French country house will require a French country kitchen. Since it is the heart of the home it will need to reflect or be the source of the chosen style.
If you are renovating your entire home, you will still want to renovate within the homes architectural features. For example, a log cabin would look so much better with a rustic kitchen with a fire burning stove. The style will need to be pulled into the eating arrangement and adjoining room for a consistent look and flow.
Start by envisioning your kitchen as a space gutted right down to the walls. Consider stair, window and door locations. Create a scale drawing and floor plan of your kitchen to get an idea of the shape and space available. Utilize this floor plan by drawing in the features and layout that you would like to achieve and try many different options to see what would work best for you and your family.
When creating an efficient layout its a good idea to consider the work zones. You can do this by using the work triangle which is an imaginary line drawn to connect the sink, stove and fridge. The ideal leg length is between 4ft and 9ft and should not be intersected by an island more then 12 inches. You can even achieve two triangles when there is more then one sink. This triangle creates an efficient and comfortable kitchen and you have enough room to move freely but are not having to walk a great distance with your hands full.
Finding inspiration around you, in magazines and online will give you a good idea of what you want. That combined with a good plan will lead you in the direction of a great kitchen renovation. The more time you take to properly plan your kitchen renovation means less time for headaches, chaos and confusion. Happy Planning!
Word of the Day: Art Deco
A geometrical style of home furnishings and architecture made popular in the 1920s and 1930s.