Now I don’t want to jump the gun because those of you who read the blog regularly know we haven’t had much luck with buying our first house, buuuut we think we now do have a house and we should be moving in a few weeks! As the uber planner I am I have already obviously started planning things like the kids bedrooms and all the bits I want for the new huge garden. The house is in a great location but the bit we have compromised on it the layout of the rooms downstairs. There is plenty of space but they just don’t flow into each other and won’t work in the long run for our family. So, we have a plan! And the plan involves knocking walls down and moving everything about.

The biggest change will be creating a lovely spacious open plan kitchen than looks out through bi-fold doors (or something similar, really need to research the options!) on to the garden and fits the dinning table and an area for the kids to play inside and out whilst I attempt to cook or (ha) put my feet up. Now having never done anything even remotely like this before,  I was so pleased when Sarah from The DIY Hammer got in touch with some advise about remodelling the kitchen that I gave decided to share it here in the hope it helps some of you as it has me. If you are starting, finished, or in the middle of any house renovation I’d love to hear about it so do comment below. And if you are interested in taking a peek and what our kitchen might look like, pop over to my Pinterest and see what’s going on with all my house mood boards.

Priorities: Where to Start Remodelling Your Kitchen?

Buying a home, particularly your first home, is a giant, exciting step in anyone’s life. Owning a house and decorating it or renovating it to suit your needs and taste is not only exciting, but it also creates a sense of pride of ownership. One of the most popular rooms to renovate is the kitchen.

Many kitchens can be old and outdated or cut-off from the rest of the house. Home owners prefer updated appliances, nice flooring and cabinets and a large, open space where the family or friends can gather. But where do you start?

Budget is Key

When renovating anything, the first thing you need to do is set a budget, and then add about 10% to it for unplanned expenses. Kitchen renovations are big jobs, and you never know what you may find once you begin removing old appliances or tearing out walls. Labor, materials, delivery costs, etc. need to be considered in your budget too. Choose high-quality, but skip the fancy extras. This can save you money too by choosing items that are reliable but not over the top.

Plan the Space

Choosing a good layout for your kitchen is also essential. If you can keep the basic layout, this can save you big bucks. But, if you’re doing a complete remodel, then space planning is key. For example, leaving enough space to open cabinet doors and kitchen appliances such as the oven between counters or walls. Counters should have about 36 inches of work space. Talking with your contractor or builder can help set the plan firmly ahead of time, so there are no surprises in the layout and design.

Choose the Colours

The colour pallet is a big deal when it comes to kitchen renovations. Some prefer nice, bright white cabinets that have a light, airy feel, and some prefer dark cabinets with stunning granite counter tops. One way to save money is to stain your wood cabinets or table with coffee. Yes, coffee.

When done correctly it produces a stunning colour and stain and can keep your budget intact. Whatever colours you choose, make sure that the materials you choose are quality items and not items chosen just because that’s the only one that had the colour you like. There are many variations of both materials and colours, so skimping on quality isn’t necessary.

Hire Away

If you’re not doing the work yourself or with someone, it is wise to hire a good contractor. With your design and layout plan, they can easily renovate the kitchen while you tackle other daily chores or go to work. Stick to your budget when hiring a contractor or labour.

Going over what you can afford can create issues, so being upfront and honest about what you can afford is best. Open communication with your contractor will also keep your plan on track, and don’t let anyone try to convince you that you need things you didn’t need or want.

Research is the best weapon when remodelling a kitchen. Knowing the design that works best for you, if the contractors that are available, and what you want and need will help things run smoothly.

The key to a kitchen renovation is planning. It can be hard to expect the unexpected, but adding 10% to your budget for this can definitely help. Know what you want and where you want it, and skip on all the fancy gadgets and appliances that can send your budget through the roof.

There are ways like buying refurbished materials that are still high-quality, or staining your cabinets with coffee to help save money. All you need is a little knowledge and research, a good layout and a great contractor. Who knows, maybe you can even do it yourself?

Our Guest: Since she started doing her own woodwork projects, Sarah decided it was time to share what she learned. She started The DIY Hammer in the hopes that more people will find joy and satisfaction in doing their own home improvement projects.

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