SET THE BUDGET
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning and skip over the costs which can stack up if you’re unprepared. It’s important to set a clear and achievable budget for your project early and stick to it as much as possible. Once you have this set, you can go about everything else.
SPEND VS SAVE
Think about where you need to spend and where you need to save. For example, professional installation may cost a little more, but in the long run it will save you from the errors of poor workmanship. Also, if you have your heart set on a more expensive benchtop option, choosing doors such as melamine provide a good cost-saving alternative. As other options such as 2-pack paint or timber. Maybe you don’t need to replace all your appliances. You could also pick up your products and save on delivery costs.
Make it work for you! Picture yourself in your new renovated kitchen, cooking a meal for some friends and family, sitting around entertaining or may be helping the kids with homework. Or just relaxing with a coffee or wine reading a magazine and enjoying the view.
How does it feel?
Ultimately, this step will define how your kitchen will feel and how it will efficiently work for you.
Think about what height you’re storing frequently used items. Frequently used items should be stored around the benchtop height. Less frequently used items directly above or below those. Infrequently used items can be stored on top of cabinets, or in the bottom drawer.
As you are likely to be living with your kitchen for a long time, consider the age and mobility of your household. Will it still be convenient to reach up and bend down in 10 years’ time? Plan your cupboard layout with a view to the future. Draws are a very ergonomic friendly alternative option to cabinets.