SET THE BUDGET
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning and therefore 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, which means 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 and wrong measurements. Also, if you have your heart set on a more expensive benchtop option, for example stone, choosing doors such as melamine can provide a good cost-saving alternative. Options such as 2-pack paint, which is beautiful, just might increase cost with your renovation and make it over budget. Costs can keep adding up, so other options could be don’t replace all your appliances or you could 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 maybe 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. For example, 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.