Thinking of renovating your kitchen?, you’re not alone it’s common knowledge that Aussies love to renovate their homes. Some even do it as a business, to increase the value of a house before flipping it on the real estate market. Whatever the reason for performing renovations, kitchens are one area of the home that’s most commonly remodelled and updated.
The reason being is it’s the kitchen that can make a house look dated and kitchens see more abuse and wear and tear than any other part of the home, with bathrooms coming in next. This post is going to be taking a look at kitchen renovations and offering up some handy tips so you get the job done right and within your budget.
It All Starts With a Sound Plan
If you start out with a plan, it means you won’t be planning to fail. Your renovation plans will act as the road map. When you refer to your plan you’ll be able to see, at a glance, what to do next and so on.
Take time formulating your plan, as this also serves to make the entire project much clearer in your mind.
You also won’t think of everything, so you’ll no doubt keep adding to your renovation plan as you come up with new ideas.
Some things your plan should include are:
- The layout of the new kitchen design
- Tasks to complete in a particular order
- The cost of each stage
- The cost of fixtures, fittings, and materials
- Organising trades
- Alternate kitchen arrangements (while renovations take place)
- And more…
Work Out Your Project Budget
A vital component of the planning phase, but something that is also done separately, is formulating a fairly accurate budget for the entire project. This will also take some time and probably quite a bit of research as well. Just like with the overall project plan, the budget will be a work in progress as you won’t think of everything immediately.
If you don’t bother with a budget, you’ll have no idea how much money you’ll need or how much you’re spending, and this could spell doom for your kitchen renovation dreams.
Some things to include in your budget will be:
- The price of building materials
- The cost of new fittings, including taps, kitchen sink etc.
- The price of buying and installing new appliances such as an oven
- Labour costs
- And so forth…
Once you’ve worked out a budget, add a little extra to cover miscellaneous items and any unexpected costs.
Organise Any Tradespeople Well In Advance
At times during the course of your kitchen renovation, you’ll need to call in qualified and licensed tradespeople to accomplish some of the tasks that you can’t do yourself. These trades could include a carpenter, a tiler, an electrician and a plumber.
So that your project doesn’t stall, it’s important to line up these tradespeople in advance, so they will be available when you need them to be.
It might be wise to have some other options as a backup in case your regular tradie can’t make it for some reason.
Don’t Attempt Plumbing or Electrical Work Yourself
Unless you’re a fully licensed and qualified professional in either the electrical trade or the plumbing trade, you cannot, by law, attempt plumbing or electrical work yourself.
If rewiring needs to be done mid-project, you’ll need to call in your electrician for this phase and then have them come back towards project completion to install new appliances and any electrical fittings.
The same applies to all of the plumbing work that needs to be performed in the updating and remodelling of your new kitchen. The pipework will likely have to be reorganised according to the new kitchen design and if any appliances will be running on gas, your plumber will need to be a licensed gas fitter as well to prepare for the installation of gas appliances. There will be various stages throughout the renovation that your plumber will need to come in to complete plumbing and gas fitting work.
The Various Stages of the Average Kitchen Renovation
Once you’ve planned everything out and have a project budget, the first step in the actual hands-on renovation stage is demolition. Anything that’s going to be changed or rearranged has to go. Likely, you’ll need to get your plumber in early to remove old fittings and so on and to prevent the pipes from spewing out water during reconstruction.
The next phase, where you begin building the framework for your new kitchen will involve your plumber as well, as this is the time when the rerouting of pipes and other plumbing necessities will take place.
Installing the new kitchen, cupboards and pantry will generally commence next and once again you’ll need the help of your plumber during this phase of the project to install new plumbing or gas fittings. Any new walls or windows will be installed now too and the painting of any new walls or the installation of a splashback can also be taken care of.
As new kitchen appliances are installed, such as a new oven and cooktop, your licensed electrician will need to be present to take care of the electrical work. The electrician can also install new power points and lighting at this stage as well.
By now your kitchen should be looking close to completion, with possibly one of the last stages to complete being new floor and wall tiles. You might be able to attempt the tiling yourself, but if you’re not confident, call in a professional tiler.
With the new kitchen installed, all the plumbing, gas and electricals connected up, the kitchen painted and new tiles laid, it will now be a matter of giving everything a really good clean so you have a sparkling new kitchen.
And don’t forget to take some before, during and after photos of the entire project.
So long as you plan your kitchen renovation carefully and stick to your budget, there’s no reason everything shouldn’t go to plan and run smoothly. There’s nothing quite like a brand new kitchen to modernise a home and breathe new life into it.
Original article by Refined Plumbing Sunshine Coast