Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all been spending much more time at home. It’s understandable that this would result in many people becoming more interested in improving their dwellings – according to the Money.co.uk Renovation Nation Report, over three-quarters of UK homeowners undertook home improvements in 2021.
When it comes to choosing rooms, the kitchen is always popular. The 2021 Houzz & Home Renovation Trends Study found that more than two-thirds of homeowners made upgraded their kitchens that year, and it’s easy to see why. There’s no better way to improve the form and function of your home at the same time.
Yet, there are some important things to consider before you make any major changes. So, what are they? Keep reading for everything you should know before fitting a new kitchen.
How To Plan Your Renovation?
The first thing you need to do is assess the kitchen space that you currently have. Which features stand out the most? Having this information in mind will help you narrow down your options until you’re left with those that are most suitable.
Next, think about how you’ll want to use your kitchen once the remodeling is done. Will you need to entertain as well as cook in it? Will you be working, or the kids studying, in it? This will tell you what new features you need to include.
How Much Will It Cost?
It’s difficult to give a straight answer to this question. Of course, there’s how much you spend on the units and materials themselves. But then there’s also the cost of fitting. You can either choose to fit your own parts or employ a professional to do it for you – just bear in mind that this will increase your costs considerably.
If you do choose the latter route, your job is more or less done at this point. But what if you want to do it yourself?
How To Prepare Your Kitchen For Refitting?
You’ll need to remove all of your old units before you can fit your new ones. There’s no better time to level and tile floors or plaster and paint walls than at this stage, so be sure to do so if that’s part of your plan.
You’ll also need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools to install your new units, including impact drivers, vacuums, hole saws and drill bits – anything you might need to finish the job. It’s better to have these in place beforehand rather than let their absence stall the project.
How To Fit Your New Kitchen?
So, you have everything in set up properly and you’re ready to begin refitting your kitchen. What are the most important steps?
• Measure out the dimensions
• Install the base units
• Connect the units
• Fix the units in place
• Install doors
• Add the worktop
What have you found to be the most important consideration when refitting kitchens? Share your experiences with us in the comments section!