With TV shows like “The Block” it’s no surprise that home renovations are on the rise. In fact a reported increase of 1.6% in building approvals occured in Melbourne in February this year (ABS). This trend is set to continue with keen diy renovators wanting a better sale price or a more comfortable standard of living.
Rather than the traditional pick up the phone and obtain 3 quotes to sometimes experience overly enthusiastic salespeople, here’s a 10 step guide that will save you a fortune on your diy kitchen reno!
1. Research, research, research the internet and interior magazines to decide on the kitchen style, splashbacks, tiling, appliances that suits you, your family and your home.
2. Next, measure your kitchen space. This will save money. If you are not sure on configuration or measurements you may find a design guide helpful – download free design guide here
3. Research kitchen companies – visit websites and visit lots of showrooms. It is important to choose a long standing, reputable company who will be around in the long term should you wish to alter your kitchen or use the same cabinetry elsewhere in your home such as your laundry at a later stage.
4. Spend time with a Kitchen Designer to finalise your kitchen design and obtain a quote. It is helpful if the kitchen company has a 3D computer design so you can visualise exactly how your new kitchen will look to a budget that suits you.
5. Once you have ordered your kitchen, decide on what part if any you wish to do and appoint a kitchen installer/sub trades to do part or all of your kitchen renovation yourself to save extra $s. More often a reputable kitchen company will have recommended quality tradesmen to look after your installation, plumbing, plastering, electrical and tiling/splashback needs.
6. Next stage is the removal of the old kitchen including disconnection of electrical, gas and water. Consider whether to remove old wall and floor coverings or work around. Check out how to prepare for a kitchen installation.
7. Now the new plumbing, electrical and if framing is required is all roughed in usually by an installer or yourself. Any wall or floor surfaces may need to be fixed ready for installation especially waterproofing.
8. At last the kitchen takes shape with the cabinet installation.
9. Then come the benchtops, splashbacks and appliances all installed using a qualified licensed electrician and plumber.
10. Finally painting and any last minute flooring or wall touch ups and the job is done!
Enjoy your new kitchen with family and friends!