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Our top 5 'don'ts' for a Kitchen renovation

Kitchen renovations are big investments so, like any big investment, we recommend taking some time to plan and think about your needs before you take the leap. In the 9 years that we have been designing, there are a couple of mistakes that we've seen others make when it comes to their Kitchen. To help you avoid these same mistakes, we have put together our top 5 'don't' for a kitchen renovation:

1 | Don't try to fit too much

Often we see clients trying to fit more into their space by reducing the clearance between and around joinery. To make sure your kitchen functions properly and comfortably, you need to pay attention to ensure that there is enough space between all your benchtops, in front of appliances and in front of door ways. We recommend around 1200mm between benchtops and at least 1000mm in walk ways.

Polytec Notaio Walnut custom Kitchen design

2 | Don't forget to plan for the future

If you are planning to live at this home for a few years, it’s worth considering how your needs are likely to change over that time. Of course, there are things that we can’t control, but there are a few things that are important to think about. This includes things like:

  • Children’s needs as they grow - do you want them to be more involved in the kitchen as they get older? Do you need to include a central space for them to do homework when they are at school? 

  • Pets - Do you plan on getting a pet or more pets? 

  • Your work from home needs - Do you hope to work from home in the future? Or do you expect to stop working from home?

  • Any accessibility needs - are elderly parents expected to come live with you or to spend time in your kitchen?

3 | Don't leave things up to your builder or trades to decide

While builders can have wonderful ideas and fantastic problem solving, it is usually best that all details are planned out ahead of time so there are no surprises during construction. They may seem like small details but they can really change the way that your space looks and functions.

This includes details like:

  • Grout and trims colours

  • Location and heights of lights

  • Swapping out selected finishes for cheaper options

  • Paint colours

Navy blue 2pac custom Kitchen design with natural stone benchtop and white subway tile

4 | Don't keep your budget to yourself

Designers, cabinet makers and builders are all used to working to a budget, so sharing this with your team means they can give you better advice about how realistic your budget is and then help you make the best decisions to stay within it. Sticking to your budget can sometimes mean needing to compromise in one area to prioritise another, so we need to understand what your budget is in order to help you prioritise as best as possible.

5 | Don't forget about your electrical needs

The last thing you want is to start using your amazing new kitchen only to realise that you don't have power points where you need them and the lights selected create shadows on your work spaces. It's vital to consider how you will use your kitchen and where you will need power points. Consider where your small appliances and microwave will sit, where you plan to do most of your cooking, and where you might want to plug in a phone or computer. When it comes to light, you need to ensure all your work benches are evenly lit up. We recommend adding LED strips below overhead cupboards and ensuring there is light directly over an island bench.

I hope these tips have been helpful! If you want to find out more about how we can help you with your project, get in contact with us below:

Have a wonderful week!

Nina xx

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