So you’re planning a new kitchen, the single most important room in any home. The task will be exciting and daunting at the same time. The process can be overwhelming, but so rewarding when you get the kitchen of your dreams. Here is the clincher…..it can be expensive, especially when you make costly mistakes. Here are a few ideas and options for you to consider when making the leap into the unknown.
Option 1: Complete Kitchen Renovation
This will be the most expensive option of all, but oh so satisfying when it is completed. Depending on the scale of the renovation, you may be removing/adding walls, adding windows, tearing up old flooring, and installing new. Demolition of old cabinetry, counter tops, and backsplash to make way for new. You will need professional help from an Interior Designer, Decorator or Kitchen Designer to help you with the layout of the space. You will have electrical and plumbing to do and measurements of surfaces to take. You will need to choose such things as paint/wallpaper for the walls, counter tops, backsplash, flooring, sinks, faucets, lighting and fixtures, window treatments, appliances ,if buying new, and cabinetry with hardware
Option 2: Kitchen Reno without Custom Cabinetry
A less expensive option than #1, but it will give you the polished look you may be after. By using store bought cabinetry you have fewer options than custom, but when dressed up with custom detailing it can fool the eye into thinking you have spent a fortune. Make sure you choose your finishes wisely, and put your money where it counts on such things as countertops and the backsplash.
Option 3: Kitchen Facelift
This option will give you the best bang for your buck. You will keep the footprint of your kitchen the same. There will be no removing of walls or windows. You will keep your existing cabinetry and have it sprayed in an updated paint lacquer color of your choice. If the doors on your current cabinetry are dated and you do not care for them , that’s Ok. You can order new doors to be made and have them finished to replace the old. Add new hardware to the doors for the jewellery of the space. You then should change your counter top and add an updated backsplash. This will bring high impact into a dated kitchen. New sinks and faucets can be added, but are not necessary if the ones you have are in good shape. Adding new and updated lighting fixture will beef up the WOW factor.
Options 2 & 3 can all be done with the help of your local IKEA or Home Depot Stores. They both have cabinetry options, hardware, counter top options, back splash, flooring, appliances, sinks, faucets, and lighting. You can get paint and accessories there too. It’s a one stop shop for your Kitchen renovating needs.
With all of this, no matter what option you choose, hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator can help with all aspects of the renovation. They will help to ensure the design process is a success with careful construction management. They will make sure the technical drawings and material specifications are carried out as intended. They will manage the project during the building process, and will monitor it on-site while the various trades complete their work. By having a designer manage the daunting process of a renovation and construction, it will make the transition a much easier experience. They will ensure all work is done properly, by managing the construction and installation process.
If you do not need the full service of an Interior Designer or Decorator, they can also simply assist you with sourcing and product choices. This will keep you from making costly mistakes in the end. My favorite motto “Do it right the first time”!
I hope with this information you can enter your journey into your kitchen renovation with confidence, and be assured there is a gorgeous new kitchen in your future. It will be the kitchen of your dreams and will be charming and welcoming every time you enter it. Getting there will not be easy but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
Maureen says: ” Any of the three options Sonya mentioned above can be the perfect solution for specific budgets. Always take the time to do the job right once…do not waste time and money trying to do it right twice.”
Mary Anne says:“Great overview Sonya. Renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task and paying for professional advice is like insurance to make sure you don’t make expensive mistakes.”