In a survey, kitchens were one of the UK’s most popular home improvement choices. In particular, remodelling the kitchen can be an excellent investment for the value of your home. In fact, it’s estimated that you can get back more than 70% of your remodelling costs through the value it adds to the price of your home.
Among other motivations, the kitchen is often one of a home’s most significant energy expenditures. The Energy Saving Trust reports that wet appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers and dryers, account for 14% of most people’s energy bills. Remodelling allows you to switch to greener appliances that can help save you money.
Others might choose to remodel to accommodate growing families and improve the functionality of the kitchens. This remodelling can be an exciting process. However, it can also be a costly one. Therefore, if you want to save money, it’s essential to plan out your remodelling in advance.
So let’s discuss some of these steps.
Establishing Your Goal
For the average home renovation planner, a kitchen remodelling project’s goal is to increase the space’s efficiency and make it more functional. Others may be more interested in aesthetic considerations. Whatever the case, you need to start with a clear design/goal to communicate this to kitchen remodelling service contractors.
- Start by mapping out the space by taking measurements and photos
- Take inventory of all the items and features of your kitchen
- Look at pictures or magazines to draw inspiration
- List what you want to change and what you would need to buy
- Create a practical budget for your project
If you want to increase the space’s efficiency, think about what appliances you will be installing, who you will need to install them and where they will be placed. You will need to include material costs, labour and sourcing as part of your budget.
Timeline and Steps
The average length of a kitchen remodelling project is between 1 to 3 months. It usually includes:
- Demolition: First, you have to remove your old flooring, cabinets, appliances, etc.
- Electricals: Next is to lay the groundwork of all the electrical features, such as lighting and appliances.
- Flooring and cabinets: Now, you can install new flooring and any cabinets.
- Appliances: Finishing up the electrical work now that the cabinets are installed.
- Countertops: If you want a practical finish on your countertops, they’ll have to be fabricated and installed.
- Plumbing: With the countertops finished, it’s time to connect the plumbing to all the appliances.
- Backslash and tilework: Here, you complete the finishing touches, such as any decorative tilework and backslash features.
- Painting: Lastly, a fresh coat of paint to complete the look.
When you have a basic outline of want your project will entail, it will usually progress like this (though things may vary depending on the degree of remodelling):
How WDANDC Can Help
As you can see, the remodelling process can be long and arduous. But with the right home renovation planner, things can be much more straightforward. Wood Design and Carpentry can help you through the process from planning to implementation.
To find out more, take a look at our kitchen remodelling services.