Preparing a kitchen renovation can be a daunting task for many. Not only do kitchen makeovers require a lot of decision making, hard work and dedication, but it also means that your kitchen can be out of action for some time. These factors combine to make a new kitchen installation and other joinery projects a challenge for many people. It can be difficult, even when working in conjunction with designers, kitchen installers and builders. Thankfully, there are some great ways that you can begin to prepare your kitchen for that brand new renovation, so read along as we break them down in the following article.
STEP ONE: PLANNING
Contact the experts for assistance
If you are planning on replacing your oven unit or installing a new cupboard, it’s very possible to complete the renovation on your own. However, if you are planning on completing extensive kitchen renovations, you’ll want to contact the experts for help. The professionals have the skills and knowledge to carry out any task no matter how big or small, and their expertise can be extremely valuable. They can assist with the entire process from correctly measuring your space, to product selection, custom design and build, colour matching or interior design advice. An experienced, local kitchen installer should also have close relationships with other trades such as electricians and plumbers. This can save you a lot of time in the long run, as they are often long-term, trusted relationships which will ensure your project runs on time and within your budget.
Assess your current kitchen
Are you planning to extend your current kitchen? Maybe you’re looking to add some more storage space with a kitchen cabinet installation and drawers. If so, you’ll want to ensure that your kitchen has enough room available to install these upgrades. Think about whether you need the extra space to be easily accessible or if it can be tucked away. Do you require draws, shelves or cupboards?
Once you have an idea of what your current kitchen is lacking, you can speak with your kitchen designer and ask them if you’ll have enough room available. If you choose the DIY option, ensure you carefully measure your kitchen and the fixtures yourself to ensure that they’ll fit. Make sure to be precise and always contact your kitchen remodeler and suppliers to discuss the final plan.
The fun part of planning a kitchen makeover is to decide what style of kitchen you would like! Would a Hamptons style suit your coastal home on the Mornington Peninsula? Or perhaps a modern, open plan kitchen would complement the clean lines in your Bayside apartment? Whether you are engaging a professional kitchen installer or your project is DIY, it is important to have clear direction that you can consider when making your style choices. Don’t get too heavily focussed just on your styling though, as it is also vital to consider functionality to suit the needs of your household and lifestyle. You can get some inspiration from our kitchen style blog here.
STEP TWO: PREPARATION
Clean your kitchen
It’s important to sort and clean your kitchen out before you prepare for a renovation. Firstly, do a big general clean. This will help you to take stock and throw away any un-needed items. First pack away all the appliances and other kitchenware that are used less frequently. You can pack away the remaining items you still need closer to the actual renovation date. Try your best to let your pantry run down by planning meals around the food that will go out of date the soonest. This way, you use everything up that needs to go, and you keep all your long-lasting foods for later.
Protect your home
Make sure to seal up the home to protect it from the building process. If there are rooms in close proximity to the kitchen that you do not want to be affected, make sure to cover them. Cover your carpets with heavy plastic drop sheets and tape them down securely. You can also use cardboard to cover and protect the walls where big, heavy objects will be transported through. These prevention steps can save you a lot of hassle fixing up the rest of your house after the kitchen renovations have been completed.
Plan some dinner options
Make sure that you have some dinner options available and ready for once the new kitchen installation begins. Cook up some freezable meals in large quantities so that you’ll have enough to last. This way you can simply re-heat them whilst the renovation is ongoing. You can also get your friends and family to help you out. Maybe you want to organise a few dinners at their houses or offer to cook them a meal for everyone using their kitchen instead, that way everyone is happy!
Set up a temporary kitchen
It may be advantageous to have another space in your house that can be used to cook whilst the new kitchen installation or other joinery projects are underway. You could use your garage, decking or any other enclosed spaces you have free in your home. Make sure you have some sort of work bench to prepare your food on. You’ll want to include some essentials in your temporary kitchen, such as a toaster, gas cooker (or BBQ), saucepans and frying pans, utensils, chopping boards and of course your coffee and tea! You can also set up your fridge/freezer somewhere else in the house so that you still have access to it.
Tell your neighbours
Even if you don’t have a close relationship with your neighbours, it’s respectful to consider others who may also be affected by your kitchen renovations Whilst you may think it’s not particularly noisy or distracting, it’s still polite to keep them informed.
If you’re thinking about a new kitchen installation or other joinery projects in the near future, simply follow these steps and you’ll be as prepared as possible. If you’re looking for a kitchen remodeler who will create high-quality, custom-made kitchens in Bayside Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, contact our team of professionals by phone on (03) 9087 1586. We have years of experience in the industry, creating an array of custom kitchens and providing great service for our valued customers. If you would like to peruse our projects for some inspiration please visit our gallery .