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What to Keep in Mind When Renovating Your Kitchen

Posted on 15 Sep 2016 by Shammika Munugoda

What to Keep in Mind When Renovating Your Kitchen

The kitchen is, without a doubt, one of the most popular rooms in the home. It's not just where food is prepared; it's often where people are most likely to congregate when the home is used for social gatherings. This is why kitchen renovations are amongst the most popular kind. If you're considering renovating yours, be sure to continue with this article. The following are some key pieces of advice that could make a huge difference.

Invest in Quality Materials

There's no doubt about it: renovating your kitchen is going to cost you. While that doesn't mean going all out and throwing caution to the wind, it also doesn't mean looking to cut corners at every chance you get.

For example, it's always worth it to invest in quality materials. Given the main function of the kitchen, durable options are best. The heat, moisture, wear and tear, and other conditions are enough to cause issues for lesser materials and leave you with a bigger bill in the end.

Furthermore, seemingly insignificant components like hinges and drawer slides won't cost much to get the best possible version. In turn, you'll get cabinet doors that actually stay closed and drawers that open when they're supposed to.

Consider Maintenance

No matter what, you're going to need to spend time cleaning your kitchen. That goes without saying. However, that doesn't mean you have to make things needlessly hard on yourself. Before you consider any materials—even durable or high-quality ones—make sure you're familiar with what it will take to keep them clean.

Stainless steel is an extremely popular material, for example, and it will certainly hold up to the test of time. However, it will also be very easy to notice smudges and other blemishes. White laminate, with its light colours and smooth surfaces, also looks great, but is another example of a material that will show off every little spec of debris. Brick, terra-cotta, slate, and marble will all do a much better job of hiding any issues, but you'll need a lot more elbow grease to keep them clean.

Stick with Proven Appliances

Each year, there are more and more appliances on the market for your kitchen. If you're thinking about a renovation, it can be easy to consider how great some of those would be. However, the safe money is on paying for appliances you're actually familiar with and know you'll use.

For one thing, you can always buy standalone appliances that are on the cutting edge and, if they don't work out, sell them. Plus, you need to think about your home's resale value. Not everyone is going to be as impressed with steam assist ovens or induction cooktops as you are.

Give Yourself Room

No one likes a crowded kitchen. So make sure that all the pathways in yours offer at least 91centimetres of space. This will be more than enough for most people, even if they're carrying trays or dishes. In the areas where cooking will actually occur, consider 106 to 122centimetres.

Customize Countertops for Your Cooking Style

If you cook a lot and like complicated recipes, you need more from your countertops than those who cook less frequently and make simple meals. Those who suffer from a lack of countertops will love their post-renovation kitchen when it gives them the space they need to comfortably process a recipe step-by-step.

Bakers out there will may appreciate having countertops with two different heights. This is also helpful if you have children who like to take part in meal preparation.

Install a Message Centre

A kitchen's main function is to help with the preparation of meals. However, it's also a very high-traffic area. For this reason, it makes sense to install a message centre in your kitchen too. This area doesn't need to be much more than a wall, but you'll want to outfit it with a bulletin board, a whiteboard, a calendar and the necessary utensils that go along with them. A message centre will make it easy for everyone to stay on the same page about the entire family's schedule.

The above tips should help you renovate your kitchen so you're pleased with the results. However, keep in mind, too, that this is your kitchen and the finished product should be something that reflects your own personal style.

Shammika Munugoda

Shammika Munugoda

Founder and CEO

Software engineer Shammika Munugoda is the founder and CEO of Boomeringo.  In 2005 Shammika arrived in Melbourne as an international student from Sri Lanka. Being an international student meant Shammika was only allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. His years as a financially strapped student were an influencing force in the development of Boomeringo. Shammika’s vision is to make financial management simple, easy and accessible to everyone in Australia.