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5 steps to consider before your kitchen renovation

Embarking on a kitchen renovation can be an exciting yet daunting task. To ensure the process is as smooth and successful as possible, here are five key steps to consider before you start swinging the sledgehammer.

1. Set a Budget: Before any work begins, know how much you’re willing to spend. Your budget will guide every decision from the scale of the renovation to the quality of materials. Remember to include a buffer for unexpected costs, which are common in remodelling projects.

2. Design Your Dream Kitchen: Think about both aesthetics and functionality. What’s your style preference—modern, traditional, farmhouse? How do you use your kitchen? Consider the work triangle between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Plan for ample counter space and storage. Envision your ideal kitchen and create a wish list of features, but be prepared to compromise if budget constraints arise.

3. Choose the Right Contractor: Hiring a reliable contractor is crucial. Get recommendations, read reviews, and interview several candidates. Ensure they are licensed and insured, and ask for a detailed contract and a timeline before any work starts.

4. Plan the Timeline: Timing is everything. Consider the best season for the work and how long you can manage without a fully functional kitchen. Align your renovation with your family’s schedule to minimise disruptions.

5. Prepare for the Unexpected: Even with the best-laid plans, unforeseen issues can arise. Whether it’s structural surprises, delayed materials, or a change of heart on finishes, flexibility is key. Have a contingency plan for eating out or setting up a temporary kitchen space if needed.