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5 Tips for Renovating your Kitchen

Last Updated on July 30, 2013

While kitchen renovations can be a great way to update the look of your home, they can also be costly, time consuming and sometimes very challenging. Knowing where to start and adopting a plan of action can help to make this a more enjoyable experience, rather than a stressful one. There are many things to consider when renovating your kitchen, so research your choices carefully and find the options that are right for you and your family. If you are finding it difficult, knowing where to begin, try these tips for a stress-free kitchen renovation.

Start with a Budget

As with any home renovations, it is easy to get carried away once you really get into the swing of things. Before you begin renovating, create a realistic budget to help you to achieve your desired results – without breaking the bank. Having a budget can help you to prioritise between necessities and luxuries, and can also encourage you to shop around for the best possible prices.

Try Resurfacing rather than Replacing

Instead of having the burden of replacing your kitchen bench tops, resurface them instead, for a great finish at only a fraction of the price. If the structure of your kitchen cupboards is sound, you may be able to resurface your bench tops to create a more modern look and get rid of those nasty out-dated colours – without having to replace your entire kitchen.

Think about your Height

While the average bench top stands at 900mm, it is important to adjust this to be comfortable for your height. Renovating your kitchen is the perfect time to make changes, which will make life a little easier for you. Whether you are taller or shorter, adjust your bench height accordingly and you will notice the differences immediately.

Hire an Electrician

DIY renovations can dramatically cut the prices of revamping your kitchen; however, there are some things that are best left for the professionals. Handling the installation of electrical products or any electrical wires can prove to be very dangerous, if you are not professional trained and qualified in the industry. Professional home builders and electricians will be able to provide you with peace of mind of knowing that your family is safe.

Environmental Considerations

When renovating your kitchen, or any other area of your home, it’s important to consider your impact on the environment. Creating an environmentally sustainable home is not only a great way to become more eco-friendly, but it is also a smart way to save money. Including items in your kitchen renovation, such as water saving tap fittings, solar water systems, LED lighting and energy efficient appliances, is a great way to decrease your energy consumption and dramatically reduce the cost of your next electricity bill.

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