How to Prepare Your Kitchen for Renovation
A kitchen renovation is an exciting project, but it can also be a lot of hard work! You can make the process a lot easier and less disruptive by planning ahead.
During our experiences of renovating kitchens in Liverpool, we have picked up some great tips, which we’re sharing with you here to make the transition to your new, dream kitchen as smooth and hassle-free as possible.
1. Have a definite plan
A kitchen renovation is not something you should begin until you know exactly what you want. Think about how you use the space, and how the layout of the kitchen could be improved: do you need more kitchen worktop space? Extra storage? A larger dining area? By considering the way that the room is used, you can come up with the most efficient plan for your new kitchen.
You should also think about the positioning of your appliances. You can save a considerable amount of money by keeping the existing plumbing where it is and building your new design around it.
2. Hire a reputable designer
Kitchen designers are not all created equal! If you want the best value for money, it’s important to enlist a reputable designer, preferably someone whose work you have seen in person or online, or who has been recommended to you.
An experienced designer will help you to make the best use of the space in your kitchen. They will also be happy to provide you with a detailed quote and accurate timeline, so you can budget and plan for the work to take place.
3. Clear the space
Before your new kitchen can be built, your old one will need to be cleared! Pack up everything you won’t need into clearly labelled boxes and store them out of the way. This is a great time to get rid of any items you no longer use – if they’re in good condition, donate them to charity. If not, dispose of them in a responsible and environmentally-friendly way.
You will also need to move all your heavy appliances and furniture, so please take care and make sure there are enough people to lift them safely.
4. Set up a cooking and eating space in another room
While your new kitchen is being built, you will still need to eat! The renovation process could take weeks, so it’s highly unlikely you will feel like dining out every evening. Because of this, it makes sense to set up a temporary kitchen in another room.
Of course, you won’t have access to all your usual facilities, such as your oven and stove, but you can set up the essentials such as your fridge freezer and microwave. Plan ahead by preparing large batches of different meals before the renovation begins, and freezing them so they can be defrosted in the microwave as and when needed. This way, you can still eat healthy, home-cooked food while your kitchen is being renovated.
5. Protect your other rooms
A kitchen renovation is a major construction project, so it will involve plenty of hammering, drilling, dust and mess. To keep the disruption to a minimum, you will need to protect all adjoining rooms by covering as many surfaces as possible with dust sheets. This is particularly important if your home has an open-plan layout, as you don’t have the option of closing the door into the kitchen.
It is also a good idea to pack away any ornaments in adjoining rooms, and remove any mirrors or pictures from the walls, in case these get disturbed or damaged during the renovation process.
Find out more about kitchen renovations Planning ahead and enlisting the right help are essential if you want your kitchen renovation to run as smoothly as possible. By taking the right steps, you can achieve your dream kitchen with a minimum of disruption!
Here at HB Kitchens, we have vast experience of designing and building custom fitted kitchens in Liverpool. If you would like more advice about renovating your kitchen, please contact us, and we will be happy to help.