Kitchens, Bathrooms, Fitted Wardobes, Entertainment Units, Home Office, Laundry
There are many considerations when embarking on a renovation, take time to ask these questions.
Think about why you are renovating – is it for resale or for the long term?
Ask questions of the designer &/or the company’s experience
What are the lead times on cabinetry, stone bench tops?
What does the proposal include?
Ideally it should include check measure, removal of old kitchen, supply & installation of cabinets, internal fittings, benchtop supply & installation, wiring, plumbing, plaster patching & recornicing, splashbacks, rubbish removal.
Think about what you dislike about your existing kitchen
- is the lack of storage and bench space a challenge?
- the footprint just doesn’t work
- nowhere to eat
What you do love about your existing kitchen?
- light, airy
- wall oven
Make a wish list for your new kitchen
These may/may not all be possible but will help your designer understand your needs and wants. For example:-
- island bar
- wall oven or two ovens
- corner drawers
- workspace for a computer/homework/pay the bills
- access to outside entertaining area
- walk in pantry
- incorporate a laundry
- more storage
- more benchspace
If more storage is a wish, think about what you want to store
- small appliances (keep the biggest one in mind)
- bakeware & trays
- wine / alcohol
- cook books
- pantry items
Collect tear sheets from design and kitchen magazines, you will be surprised how a trend emerges
Make sure the design firm is qualified to do what they say they can
Ask about the warranty and after sales service