So we have recently chatted about appointment prep for your builders kitchen, but what about if you are renovating your existing kitchen? Whilst the end game is the same, the road we take for a renovation is a little different to a brand new home.
The initial step is meeting with one of our designers at your home to run through all things kitchen related. This first appointment is a super important step in the process, and while its only in planning stages, there is a lot of information to share between designer and home owner. Here are some things to consider prior to the consultation!
If you are getting a new kitchen, its likely you will be replacing a few of the old appliances, and perhaps keeping some too. Usually ovens, rangehoods, sinks and cooktops are going to be new, and things like microwave and fridges often stay if they are in good nick. Its a great idea to have a think about (or even a browse) new appliances and see what you would love for your new kitchen. Its important to let the designer know what you are after, as well as be open to suggested feedback from them too. For example, you might have your heart set on a 900 wide oven, but if you opt for a 600 wide in an oven tower you might end up with loads more storage too. Appliance types will also change the cost of the kitchen, so its important to discuss this at the first appointment so we can give you back a more accurate quote too.
When you are building a new home, the builder takes care of all the trades and you don’t have to think about a thing. However, when renovating a kitchen, it isn’t just a case of taking out old cabinets and replacing it with new and off you go. There are 3 main trades to consider in the renovation that are likely to be required.
- Electricians, to disconnect and reconnect appliances as well as sort out powerpoints (old and new!) connect in cabinetry lighting and so on.
- Plumbers, to disconnect and reconnect sinks, dishwashers and gas appliances, run water to your newly plumbed fridge or even relocate plumbing for a new layout.
- Gyprockers, to patch any walls or ceilings when changing layouts and finish off bulkheads.
There are other trades you might need, such as a professional rangehood ducter, tilers, builders and painters as well as skip hire to get rid of the old kitchen. You can arrange your own trades or you can have us arrange and recommend some too. Our designer can help you understand the pros and cons to arranging your own.
Flooring is often a part of the renovation that seems minor, but it is vital we know what your plans are for the floor to ensure your finished kitchen is exactly how it should be. You might be planning to keep the existing flooring (which also means a restriction on the new layout) or you might be doing all new floors. There are so many flooring options on the market these days, so its a great idea to have a browse around prior to the appointment, to at least narrow down your preferences and chat to some flooring experts . Some flooring can’t go under cabinetry, some flooring might require a scotia trim (which you may not want!) some might require a bed or underlay first. All these things affect the cabinetry, sometimes down to how we construct or install the kitchen. Your designer can help explain the in’s and out’s of flooring so you understand the importance of getting it right!
Budget! We will ask questions about budget straight from the get go. Sometimes people feel a little cautious when talking about their budgets, but the reason we ask about it is so that we can do our best to achieve a suitable kitchen based on what you have to spend. We will aim to work within your budget, and we can achieve this through both layouts and materials decisions, but we are also realistic with you if the budget you propose is not going to encapsulate your dream kitchen. There are so many variables when it comes to layouts, materials, appliances and kitchen gadgets that all affect the final cost, so knowing your budget means we can work towards this from the get go!
5. Your Vision!
You know your current kitchen and how you function better than anybody else. If you have lived in the home for many years, you will know what you love and what you dislike about the space and have a vision for your future kitchen. The other thing about a vision is you might get stuck imagining only one option, when there are often several ways to achieve what you want successfully. Our designers are professionals at making the space work both functionally and aesthetically, and they are here to help you get the very best from your renovation. Share your ideas and images with them, and in return they will offer you options that work towards achieving your dream space!
If you are interested in kickstarting your renovation process, please get in contact with us here!