Remodelling your home can be both rewarding and challenging. To help ease the challenge of planning how to redesign your kitchen, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when embarking on a renovation project.
- Use Quality Materials
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Avoid skimping on materials. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make in trying to save on renovation costs is sourcing for cheap materials. While quality furnishing often comes at a higher price, you can be assured that you get what you pay for. Choose top-quality slides and hinges for your drawers; and opt for durable materials for cabinet interiors, such as wood veneer as opposed to melamine, laminate, MDF or particleboard.
- Opt for Floor-to-Ceiling Storage
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Maximise your kitchen space by installing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. This offers more storage, and opens up space for hanging wall art or creating an open shelving system. This too is especially useful for small kitchens.
- Decide Whether to Paint or Stain
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Stained-wood cabinetry may be a great idea, but most finishes date quickly and aren’t easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets are good options for a kitchen for keeps. Even better – opt for aluminium cabinetry for a fuss-free, timeless look.
- Consider Your Needs
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Sure, open shelving may seem like a really cool look, but will it work for your lifestyle? When remodelling your kitchen, avoid choosing styles or materials that are difficult to maintain or require routine cleaning.
- Consider the Overall Look
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While it helps to reference pictures when developing a theme for your kitchen’s new look, be careful not to overdo the décor. Above all, remember that the style of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home.