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KITCHEN RENOVATION - YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE

The kitchen is often the most expensive room to renovate in the house. Not to mention, time consuming, demanding and requiring co-ordinated efforts from various trade contractors. When planning a kitchen renovation, it is important to know exactly what you want.

To achieve a satisfying outcome, take into account the following initial considerations, expert advice, and become aware of the common pitfalls to avoid.


INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Determine whether you will use any existing fixtures, fittings or finishes in your new design.
Will you be re-structuring the space: altering floor or ceiling; removing walls; re-sizing doors, windows or skylights?
Will you be re-locating existing plumbing or electrical works?
Determine whether you will be installing new or additional lighting, power outlets or switches?
Do existing wall, floor and ceiling cavities allow for the plumbing, lighting, ventilation and water-heating options and cabinetry you plan?
Is the kitchen to be part of a larger living or dining area or a self-contained space?
Determine what appliances, bench and storage space you require.
If you are incorporating imported and custom-built fittings/appliances, order these well ahead to ensure their timely arrival.
Will you be replacing or re-surfacing your existing flooring?
How can you best plan around ongoing work? For example, consider creating a temporary kitchen elsewhere in your home, or decide to eat meals out, during the duration of your kitchen renovation.


EXPERT ADVICE

Your kitchen renovation generally requires the help from some or all of these professionals:

Kitchen / Environmental Designer
Kitchen Renovation Service / Builder / Project Manager
Plumber
Gas Fitter
Electrician
Carpenter
Tile / Splashback Specialist
Flooring Specialist
Painter


CAN I DO IT MYSELF

Tasks suitable for the skilled home renovator may include:

Preparing layout and selected finishes
Obtaining appliances
Removing existing fittings
Painting
Mounting simple fittings (hooks, shelves, etc).

Major structural work, plumbing and electrical must be performed by licensed tradespeople.

The construction and installation of cabinetry, benchtops and flooring also need to be installed by skilled professionals.


COMMON PITFALLS

Underestimate the complexity, time and costs involved.
Purchase of fittings or fixtures without first consulting trade professionals.
Fail to consider a functional kitchen floor plan, including safety hazards and workflow.
Allocate insufficient space to fit preferred appliances and customise storage units as initially planned.
Choose unsuitable appliances and materials, particularly for a constrained room.
Take the challenge to complete Do-It-Yourself complex jobs such as removing load-bearing walls.


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