Here at Purcell Homes, we know that kitchens are often the heart and soul of a home. Not only does having a nice kitchen increase the value of any house, but it also creates an enjoyable space to be in. Therefore, you want to ensure that you get everything right when you renovate it. But this is easier said than done. With so many different things that need to be managed, it can be a very overwhelming and stressful task. That is unless you have the team from Purcell homes by your side. We believe it is our responsibility to be a sturdy hand to hold and guide you through the process. In the meantime, here are our tips for your Palm Beach kitchen renovations.
Know your Kitchen Size
When planning and designing your new kitchen it is so important to take the size of the space into consideration and plan accordingly. As the kitchen is such a high-traffic area you want to ensure you make it as spacious and functional as possible. You need to think realistically. You may envision your dream kitchen to have a fancy island bench, however, if you only have a small space to work with, it may be unpractical to install one. However, in saying this, if the current floor plan of your home only has a small kitchen space you may have the option to extend the kitchen if you are willing to sacrifice space from another area such as the dining room.
Know How You Want to Use the Kitchen Space and Plan Accordingly
When renovating the kitchen for your Palm Beach home, the importance of planning for practicality and functionality cannot be underestimated! These days kitchens aren’t only used for preparing food. In many modern houses you can find kitchens also doubling as a dining space. In which case it would make sense to extend the size of your kitchen by taking space from your existing living or dining room. You also want your kitchen to be as functional as possible. Achieving this requires careful planning. You need to think to yourself “where will I be preparing food”. It usually makes sense to place bins and your sink close to this area in your kitchen. You also want to take into consideration where all your appliances will be. For example, you will want to allow for space to set down plates and cups where your oven and microwave are. Last, but most definitely not least plan for power points! It’s obvious that you need power points in the areas where your appliances will be plugged however, it is usually convenient to install extra power points in other areas. For example, if you know that people often sit at the kitchen bench then installing power points in this area will prove to be practical as it will allow for people to sit there and charge their phones or laptops.
When renovating your kitchen, you want to plan for storage. The easiest way to keep your kitchen tidy is by ensuring you have enough storage to store all your kitchen supplies. Again, when planning for this you want to think practically. Think to yourself “where would the most convenient place be to store my pots and pans?” The answer to this question is usually next to your stove. You also want to make sure you have enough storage in your pantry. Keep in mind that no space is too small to be turned into storage. For example, think of your kitchen corners. These days there are cupboards designed to fit into the most awkward of spaces turning them into practical storage areas.
Budget Budget Budget
When it comes to renovating your kitchen, it can be easy to get carried away. There are so many different styles to choose from and it seems like every day there’s something new on the market. When renovating kitchens, most people develop a mindset of “out with the old and in with the new”. However, what they don’t realise is that a lot of money can be saved by recycling or reusing parts of the old kitchen. Sometimes replacing the cabinetry and benchtops and applying a fresh coat of paint will do the trick.
Renovating your kitchen can be a costly investment so you want to ensure that the style you decide on is something you will be happy with for many years to come. Ideally, you want the design of your kitchen to flow with the surrounding spaces. If you know that you are wanting to renovate your living and dining area in the future, take the time to think about the style which you want in this area and design your kitchen accordingly. For example, if you have oak wooden floors in your living room, you may want to compliment these with oak bench tops in your kitchen. As a general rule of thumb, it is usually always a safe bet to use light and natural colours when styling your kitchen (given these compliment the surrounding spaces). Although you may love the look of that red kitchen you saw in the catalogue, the chances are that you will get sick of such a bold look after a few months’ time.
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation in your Palm Beach home, then let the team at Purcell Homes guide you on this exciting journey. We have years of experience in managing trades, deliveries, client communications, architects, engineers, and everything in between so we’re sure that you’ll be more than impressed with the way that we operate. Get in touch with us today by calling 0430 370 089 or send an email to [email protected]. Otherwise, be sure to visit our website for more information on our services.