What are the Steps of Kitchen Renovation?

Renovating your kitchen is an exciting and often daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never renovated before. Bella Kitchens will covers 8 key steps to help you create your perfect modular kitchen and simplify your renovation journey. Whether you’re stuck on planning, budgeting, choosing a professional, functionality, styling, colours, appliances or installation – we cover a variety of tips and check lists to help you start enjoying your new kitchen in no time.

STEP 1 PLAN, PLAN, PLAN -PLANNING MAKES PERFECT

The first question you should ask yourself is: what is your motivation for renovating your kitchen?

Is It Functionality?

Maybe there is inadequate bench, Gas Hobs or storage space. Or do you want your kitchen to flow into an outdoor or entertainment space?

Is It Style?

Maybe you want to update the look of your kitchen with a new bench top, cabinetry, splashback, colours or appliances.

Is It Value?

Maybe you want to add value to your home for resale in the future. Your reason may be one or all of these, and each will have a different effect on your renovation.

Your new kitchen’s must-haves

You might not have all the answers regarding how it will look and work, details can come later, you just need some broad ideas. Things to consider include: TIP Kitchens are no longer a separate entity from the rest of the house. Remember to consider the design of the connecting rooms so it becomes part of one harmonious whole.

STEP 2 SET A BUDGET -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. Also, if you have your heart set on a more expensive benchtop option, choosing Shutters such as melamine provide a good cost-saving alternative to other options such as 2-pack paint or timber. Here are three simple ways to save:

  • Are there kitchen appliances, fixtures or accessories you can pick up to save on delivery?
  • Ask your kitchen designer or cabinet maker about current special offers
  • Don’t replace kitchen items that are in good condition, for example, do you need to replace your appliances? Can you keep the frame of your existing cabinetry?

STEP 3 CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL

The difference between fine and fabulous As calm as a kitchen seems, there’s a lot going on behind its smooth surfaces. That’s why there are benefits to engaging a team of specialists and skilled trades people to carry out the work. Mistakes and poor DIY workmanship not only can spoil the look of your new kitchen, they can also cause major structural problems in the future which are costly to fix and generally not covered under product warranties.

STEP 4 FOCUSES ON FUNCTION

Get In the Zone

No matter how big or small, a kitchen can be divided into five zones to make it more ergonomic.

CONSUMABLE ZONE- Used to store consumable goods – the items that are used for cooking which are replenished regularly. These include chilled and unchilled foodstuffs, so the Built-in-fridge, freezer and pantry are part of this zone.

NON-CONSUMABLE ZONE- For items used on a daily basis – kitchen utensils, cutlery, dishes, and glasses. Often-used dishes should be stored in lower pull-outs instead of overhead wall cabinets.

CLEANING ZONE -Made up of the sink, waste bin, cleaning materials, and the dishwasher. Using an under-sink pull-out drawer makes efficient use of valuable kitchen storage space.

PREPARATION ZONE -All food is prepared here, and utensils and small cooking appliances are stored and used in this zone. Pantry items that are commonly used for preparing meals can also be stored here.

COOKING ZONE -The heart of the kitchen is centred around the cooktop, oven, rangehood and microwave. Using deep pull-outs with higher back wall and closed sides allows for bulky item storage, such as pots, pans and cookbooks.

STEP 5 CELEBRATE YOUR STYLE

MODERN Lovers of new kitchen gadgets and technology, haters of clutter who adopt a streamlined look. Modern kitchens tend to feature white, grey and chrome. Dark cabinetry can be a great way to add some contrast. For this look to work, make sure you build in lots of storage space. Vintage style is not afraid to use bold colour on cabinets, floors or benchtops. Where modern style might go for LED lighting, vintage would find some 1960s lamps. Op Shops can be a great place to find cutlery and crockery for quirky vintage touches. Rustic If your idea of relaxing is sitting around a big benchtop, passing the potatoes to your extended family, a more rustic, farm style might be for you. Rough wood cupboards with a natural grain and painted blue and white tiles complete this look. Of course you may be many or none of these styles. Often there’s nothing more beautiful than eclectic taste. So don’t be afraid to mix and match – display your grandmother’s teacups on a sparse, modern shelf, hang a brightly coloured abstract art piece in a country style kitchen, have fun with it.

STEP 6 COLOUR YOUR KITCHEN

Never underestimate its power Colour has the power to soothe, comfort, energise or excite. It’s one of the most emotional elements of a room. Whether you decide to be bold and take a large area and make it bright, or accent a neutral space with vibrant accessories, colour has a huge impact. Dark colours make small spaces seem smaller. What direction does the room face? Some say you should use cool colours for rooms facing North and cool for those facing South to balance the sun. White and off-whites are the most popular colour schemes for kitchens overall, but using grey has increased over the last few years. A subtle grey splashback will enhance bright colours around it. Nature conditions us to expect the darkest colour to be at our feet, medium at our eye level and lightest above us. Samples are a great way to ensure you make the right choice in your desired colour, finish and pattern for your kitchen decors.

STEP 7 APPLIANCES

Your kitchen might be nearly there, but you won’t have much to eat, or eat on, without appliances. Your local retailer’s a good place to start looking, and it pays to do some research online and check product comparison sites. But saving a few dollars may be a false economy if you end up with the wrong one. Repairs and inefficient running can end up being costly, so any expert advice or word-of-mouth recommendations are valuable. Choose appliances that can be totally integrated into kitchen cabinetry for an ultra-modern, bespoke feel. Or conversely, you could choose vintage appliances and make a feature out of them. Functional and funky Appliances don’t just perform a task, and they don’t necessarily have to be hidden. Plenty of brands are designing retro appliances that are fashionable kitchen accessories in their own right. And don’t feel restricted by basic white or stainless steel appliances – you can inject some colour into your kitchen with gorgeous, enamelled finishes.

STEP 8 INSTALLATION

If you’ve chosen to engage a team of specialists rather than doing it yourself, this is where you can let them do what they do best and watch as all your planning and ideas become a real life Modular Kitchen. Obviously it can’t happen instantly, so be prepared to wait for a number of weeks. Your Modular Kitchen  supplier in Pune may have given you a specific end date or an approximate time frame.

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