Families who like to spend quality time together in their kitchen give it a lot of wear and tear. If your kitchen looks a little “lived in” and needs a refreshing update, here are the top ten tips for a successful kitchen renovation:
1. Plan ahead: Do not jump in without a clear idea of how you want your new kitchen to look after it’s done. Work with a designer who uses 3D design software to compare and contrast your options.
2. Set a budget: Think clearly about your family’s financial situation, and make sure you can get a good return on your investment when selling your home.
3. Have a plan of action: Don’t get your house in an uproar without a clear plan of action after the demolition. If your house is older, you might need to replace plumbing and upgrade electrical lines, but try to keep the plumbing where it is.
4. Find a focal point: Funky tile, huge range hoods, bright kitchen cabinets, and busy counter top patterns can give your eyes too much to take in. Choose one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that area with a few other quieter, eye-pleasing details.
5. Keep your workflow in mind:Think about the way you use your kitchen: sink, stove, refrigerator, table, counters and storage areas. Arrange these areas efficiently so you can move easily from one to the other.
6. Look at the overall aesthetic: Make sure there is a balance of styles between the kitchen cabinets, counter tops and flooring. Take advantage of natural light sources to bathe the entire area.
7. Measure and then measure again: Never overestimate the value of accurate measurements!
8. Consider a wood alternative? Wood cabinetry can be quite expensive, but did you know that modern technology has created beautiful panels that mimic the look and feel of wood without breaking the bank? The latest collections of thermally fused laminate (TFL) on medium density fiberboard (MDF) or high-quality particleboard decorative panels can now replicate the most stunning wood grains.
9. Be on trend with TFL: Looking for something smart, trendy and beautiful? Check out the Uniboard 2019-2020 TFL decorative panel collection for inspiration.
10. Stay mindful of MDF: Manufactured from softwoods and hardwoods, MDF is a renowned solid wood substitute that is well suited to a range of applications. The NU Green family of MDF products is Uniboard®‘s most eco-friendly moisture-resistant solution.
With proper planning and wise design choices, you’ll have a kitchen that is beautiful and functional, without going over budget.