Property renovation expert Deanne Heath said pretty is always great, but it is not necessarily the ideal way to start designing a dream kitchen.
“There are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before looking at the design component,” she said.
“The most important questions is what is the purpose of your kitchen renovation?
“Is it to make a profit on it, to design your dream kitchen, to make it more functional or to gain more storage space?
“Once you decide these key things it will help you to stay focussed on your purpose and design it in accordance with your purpose.”
Another important aspect to consider is whether to undergo structural changes.
“Structural changes are mainly removing walls and. Some people get caught up in their current kitchen layout and thinking it needs to stay the same,” Deanne said.
“People often never look at other possibilities, redesigning the configuration can potentially be more functional.
“Remember kitchens designed in the 1960s and 70s are totally different to the kitchen designs of today.
“It’s really important to decide upfront if you are open to big changes as it will impact on both the time it takes to complete the renovation and the money it will cost.”
The bottom line comes down to money. Deanne said it is all about how much are you willing to spend.
“This is the million-dollar question. The answer can make or break you kitchen renovation,”
“It’s no use aiming for a high-end kitchen when you are on a low-end budget. This will also be influenced by whether your property renovation is for yourself or for a tenant.”
Before you get started make a file of favourite pictures and clippings, which can be referred to when designing your kitchen renovation.
Other things to consider:
· What do you really dislike about your kitchen and what doesn’t work for you? Totally different for everyone. Stand back and answer this question without being emotionally attached.
· What are you hoping to get out of your kitchen renovation? Did you want an eating area, more space, an entertaining area, more storage or a better layout? Deciding this early will help keep you on track with what you actually want.
· Come up with three adjectives to describe your new space. This will help you design your kitchen with creativity in mind. They could be things like happy, unique and modern. These words will generally be what are important to you and will then give you some direction in the design process.
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