Late last year I published an article about how to successfully redesign your bathroom, so what about the kitchen? It was Cesar Chavez who said ‘The people who give you their food give you their heart‘. With that in mind, kitchen refurbishment isn’t just about creating the perfect place to make coffee; it’s about creating somewhere to share your love and affection with people.
After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ like a well-made meal, a chocolate cake, or vegetable curry. And, if you’re single, nothing says ‘I don’t need anyone else’ like homemade ice cream, mushroom risotto, or a dinner-for-two-for-one!
In short, kitchen refurbishment needs to be done correctly. So, here are a few simple tips on how to successfully redesign your kitchen:
What do you actually cook?
We all love food (we’re definitely a food loving household), and that doesn’t necessarily mean that we all love cooking. Be honest with yourself: is your ideal kitchen a veritable hub of homely activity where you make homemade pasta sauce? Or is it a sleek, simple affair where you can drink wine, coffee and reheat last night’s takeaway?
This is about more than modern vs. rustic, though that should be a consideration too. This is about what you’re actually going to do in your kitchen. If you don’t tend to bake all that often, do you really need a five-tier oven? If you don’t freeze all that much, do you really need a six-foot fridge-freezer combo?
Kitchen refurbishment isn’t a piece of cake
Kitchens can be really personal areas. If you’re the kind of person who is used to being in complete control of your kitchen, it can be hard to let someone else help you!
In other words, just because you can make a mean souffle doesn’t mean you can perform professional kitchen plumbing, electrical works or building services. You might know which kind of dishwasher or hob you want and where you want it, but you’re going to have to respect a tradesman’s opinion. Ask around, do your research and get plenty of quotes. A little bit of DIY here and there is fine, but some elements of kitchen refurbishment definitely require the professionals.
Be realistic with your budget
You don’t need to spend a fortune on kitchen refurbishment. However, a kitchen from heaven might mean a budget from hell. A perfectly stylish kitchen on a tight budget isn’t going to happen. If you don’t want to make compromises, you might need to wait until you have more money to spend.
Look for inspiration
It’s easy to get caught up with money and electrical fixings that you forget the reason you wanted a new kitchen in the first place. Remember all those beautiful designs you had and continue to be inspired by them. There are some great kitchen designs out there — some much more ambitious than others — and there are also some wonderfully beautiful things you can do on the cheap.
The whole point of doing this is to create the ideal cooking and living space suitable for your needs. Depending on how much you want to spend, you may have to make sacrifices, but be steadfast about the items you want to keep. You could live with a small oven, but can you live without a serving hatch? The only person who can tell you where and when you should cut corners is you.
Don’t give up completely on those ideas you had and make sure that you’re happy with the end result. After all, you’re the one who’s going to be making delicious meals there!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post