Kitchens…they truly are the heart of the home. The kitchen is where we gather with loved ones and spend many hours cooking, sharing about our day, laughing and creating lifelong memories. It is a communal space of comfort and familiarity. A space that we often think of when we think of home. It is no surprise then, that we want this space to be stylish and functional and that it is often one of the first spaces we consider updating in our homes. However, renovating a kitchen is no small task, so read ahead if this is something you are considering and let us shed some light on what you should keep in mind.

What is involved in a full kitchen renovation?

  1. Demolition
  2. Plumbing & electrical rough in (modification of electrical/plumbing to fit new design)
  3. Wall board installation
  4. Cabinet installation
  5. Bench top installation
  6. Splashback installation
  7. Plastering & painting
  8. Plumbing & electrical fit out (appliance and sink installation)
  9. Floor repairs (if layout is changed)
  10. Finishing touches (silicone)

 

Cabinet Style

Firstly, consider the style of cabinets you are after. The most common include, shaker, shadow or standard.

Shaker style cabinets have the face panel routed in a specific shape. They are increasingly popular in Hampton designed kitchens and have a variety of options and mostly come painted in Two Pack paint.

Shadowline cabinets are another popular choice and give a very modern and sleek design. It is a design feature that has a 20mm space above each panel with a strip of aluminum at the back, creating a shadow effect.

Standard cabinets are flat panels with handles and are a more affordable choice. These come in a large variety of colours and brands.

Whatever your style or budget, it is important to consider and know what cabinet style you would like before starting the kitchen renovation.

 

Bench Top

The next crucial element of a kitchen is the bench top. There are various options to choose from, including, engineered stone, timber or laminated, to name some of the most common. It is important to consider the durability of the material, practicality and affordability. 

 

Splashback

The most common splashbacks are tiled, due to the variety of choices and personalisng your space. However, they are not the only option. You can also consider glass or stone splashbacks, once again, depending on your budget and design preference.

 

Appliances/Electrical

Appliances can be electrical or gas and they need to comply with the latest regulations. For a complete kitchen, you will need a range hood, cook top, oven, dishwasher and as optional, LED lights. Also consider whether you would like to include any pendant lights to create ambience, particularly popular over the island bench.

 

Plumbing

Your choice of sink and mixer should be suited to the design of your kitchen cabinets and can be undermount, farmhouse or dropped in. It can be stone coated, ceramic or stainless steel. Once again, your choice of material will depend on budget and design.

Therefore, a combination of the cabinet style, choice of benchtop and splashback are the three components which make up your kitchen. It is important to be consistent in your design choices to create a cohesive and pleasant space. Though much is involved in the process, it is a worthwhile one, afterall, it is the space so much of your time is spent in and in which wonderful memories are made.