Easy, Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Renovations

A kitchen is one of the most utilized rooms in the home, especially during cooler seasons when lots of foods and beverages are prepared to ward off the chill. Moreover, the kitchen style has dramatically changed over the years. Even more significant is how we are now using the cooking space. This has forced us to review how we think about our kitchen designs and functions.

Kitchen renovations don't necessarily have to take a lot of your time or cost too much. If you lack the time and budget to carry out a complete revamp, from the kitchen floor to the ceiling, you can avoid all that unnecessary work. There are lots of inexpensive and simple things you could perform by yourself.

Before initiating that DIY kitchen remodel, you may want to think of the following aspects:

What's Your Vision Of The Kitchen?

The main thrust of a practical kitchen layout has traditionally been focused on the working triangle design. This was typically where the stove (oven), sink and fridge formed the three points of a triangle.

Despite the fact that the principle of the triangle still does work, gone are those days when the kitchen was hidden at the back of your house. Today, open-plan living designs mean the kitchen is now more likely to be the home's focal point where family members converge.

Prior to starting your renovation, give some serious consideration to the key features you have in the kitchen. Also consider the key activities you would be involved in while in the kitchen, what appliances you use and how they are used.

Carry Out Your Research

Reputable home and lifestyle magazines will provide you with great inspirational kitchen remodel ideas. Additionally, when you're buying products and wares for your renovation project, visit the website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as it offers handy tips regarding quality and prices for many home products.

Schedule The Renovation Properly

Irrespective of how big or small the renovation project is, it's essential that you plan well in advance and dedicate yourself to completing the renovation work. This not only ensures the job actually gets done, but also the desired results are realized as per your initial vision.

Before commencing with your project, confirm with the local authorities if such a renovation might require specific approvals or permits in line with the Building Code of Australia requirements.

Seek Professional Help When Required

When designing or renovating any part of your home, you will be obligated to comply with several government regulations. Key among these is the Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard 4386 on the assembly of domestic kitchens.

Some of the aspects you are renovating may need to comply with specific government requirements. For this reason you might require professional assistance from an electrician for the wiring or a plumber for kitchen sink plumbing.

Be Patient And Wise

Renovations in the home can be time consuming, so it's essential that you remain patient, focused and keep true to your kitchen vision.

In the process of your renovation, if you're replacing some old kitchen products with new ones, you may decide to go for more sustainable options. For example, when you install such items like tap timers and energy-saving lighting, it will greatly reduce the water amount used and also cut down on your power bills, respectively.