Kitchen Design ConsiderationsA great kitchen renovation can improve your family’s quality of life and add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. Avoid planning a kitchen for a lifestyle you wish you had, rather than the one you do have.
Nothing is more disruptive in a family’s lifestyle than a major kitchen renovation. Most people spend a great deal of their time at home in the kitchen. This important room is used to prepare meals, for informal eating, and as a casual gathering place for family and friends. People soon realize how important the room is when it’s torn apart during renovations, even the simple task of making a cup of coffee becomes a major undertaking without a kitchen. It is therefore critically important that rip out and new installation are coordinated during the design phase to minimize down time.
Do your homework, look through magazines and visit a couple of kitchen showrooms so you have a clear idea of the type of designs you are attracted to. Where possible, take the images and ideas you have collected to your kitchen designer to give him or her an understanding of what you want. Your designer will then be able to tell you if this is achievable. Your designer will also be able to pinpoint common elements in the designs you are attracted to and therefore suggest styles and features.
When employing a professional, don’t choose the first designer or kitchen company you see, and don’t necessarily choose your designer based solely on price. You will need to have total confidence in the company you employ so do your research thoroughly.
Many customers are put off when a designer or supplier asks the “What is your budget?” question because they feel they are about to be ripped off. While it is always wise to show caution in matters of finance, you must understand that the size of your budget is essential information for anyone involved in your project. Once you give your designer your budget, he or she will then be able to advise you on the quality level of the merchandise that will meet your budget criteria.
Today’s lifestyle is very much focused on the kitchen as a gathering place for a wide and varied number of activities, the room has to be bright, seem large, be functional, and adapt to many of those activities.
Kitchen design is one of the most critical components in a renovation project. Take your time, investigate all the options so the end result will meet all your expectations.
One last thing don’t forget to come in and see us at “Wonderful Kitchens” we have two showrooms located at Willoughby and Padstow in Sydney.