The first 5 steps of a kitchen renovation
A new kitchen is a significant investment which, when done well, can add real value to your home and greatly improve your living space. For this reason, it is vital that you begin with a detailed and well-considered plan. Here, Andy Briggs, resident interior designer and head creative for Optiplan Kitchens, offers his advice on the first five essential steps you should take when embarking on a kitchen renovation project.
1. Create a wish list
Start by mind mapping and scribbling down all the features of your dream kitchen. This is the place for blue sky thinking. Which design style have you been eager to embrace? What appliances or luxury gadgets do you crave? Write down everything you’ve always longed for. You should also reflect on what isn’t working for you in your current set-up.
2. Get inspired
Fine tune your wish list by perusing sites and social platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz for interior design inspiration. Magazines and brochures are useful resources too, furnishing you with the latest home décor trends. The more you see, the more you’ll begin to get a feel for the style of kitchen you prefer, whether it’s country classic or modern minimalism.
3. Set your budget
How far you can go with your wish list will then depend on your budget. You need to establish how much you can realistically spend on the project. The average kitchen renovation today ranges between £8100 and £11,700, depending on kitchen size. Alongside the kitchen cabinets and worktops, be sure to allow for plumbing, wiring, lighting, appliances, flooring, decorating, labour and skip hire. And don’t forget finishing design touches, such as wall art, plants and soft furnishings. You should also add a further 10% onto your budget as a contingency for any unforeseen costs.
4. Consider the timeframe
For this initial stage of planning, you can spend as long as you like. However, it is also sensible to think about the scale of your project and how long it is likely to take. For instance, it will take far longer to complete a renovation which requires demolishing a wall or moving plumbing and drainage. Or if you live in a listed property, you may need to seek planning permission. Generally, though, a standard kitchen renovation will take between six and eight weeks. Factor this into your planning, with a little added buffer, and decide upon the best time to get the kitchen renovation rolling. This might be when the kids eventually go back to school, or during warmer months so you can make use of your outdoor space while you are down one room.
5. Get professional advice
Once you are clear on what you want to achieve and how much you’re willing to spend, invite a professional kitchen designer to advise on a workable plan. It is often the case that they will offer creative ideas and solutions you will never have even considered. Optiplan Kitchens has a number of showrooms across the UK where you can book a one-to-one consultation with our design experts to do just this.
About Optiplan: Boasting over 32 years’ of experience in the manufacture and design of bespoke handcrafted kitchens, Optiplan has 15 showrooms across the country.
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