Are you thinking of getting a new kitchen for your home? They can be expensive – very expensive, so knowing what you want before you ask for a designer to come to measure up is important. It is also critical that you stay as sensible as possible. With one decision, you could end up spending vast amounts of money on things you don’t need. Here are some common sense tips to help you avoid making the same mistakes others have.
Don’t go over the top
Unless you are rich and have money to burn, try to stay as grounded as possible when choosing the materials for your kitchen. Sure, those spanish tiles are nice – but they are also hand made and only a few of them have the fossil patterns in you like. Do you need to get more ordered to cover the kitchen floor or wall? Probably not if you look at it sensibly. A few tiles dotted here and there will suffice and make the kitchen look more interesting too.
Avoid buying anything that is so special that you either can’t easily get the parts to fix it if it goes wrong, or that it has to be imported from far away. You will be dealing with local installers and repairers, so why not use local suppliers too.
Change is not good
After you have planned the kitchen, ordered the cupboards, shelves, work surfaces and the white goods, you cannot really change anything. Even the smallest change will throw out the whole project and you might find yourself with installation staff who are cursing you under their breath. Even an inch being taken off the edge of a work top will make a difference to the overall appearance of the kitchen.
Spending too much
Set and stick to a budget for your kitchen design. It is easy to get carried away and spend more than you should. Try setting the maximum amount you can spend and then try to reach only 80% of that figure. These kinds of projects will always end up costing more money that you thought. The extra money can be used to pay for additional work if problems are discovered or to fill the kitchen with nice things after it is finished.
Choose the right contractor
When choosing the person who will install your kitchen for you, make sure that you hire someone who has experience in fitting kitchens. It might be cheaper to use a general contractor, but someone who is an all rounder will not be as good as a qualified kitchen fitter. This is a good opportunity to speak to friends to see who did their work, ask local contractors for examples and testimonials and get the right man (or woman) for the job.
Stick to the design
This is your kitchen and therefore, it should be your design and ideas. Make sure that the contractor sticks to the plan and does not deviate from the colors or designs you want. Their idea of what looks good will be different to yours. Stick to your guns if they propose changes, unless it is obvious that a design problem has been encountered that you have not thought of.
How much should you spend?
We can all play a game where we think up our dream kitchen but is it practical to spend thousands on something that you can get for hundreds? Buying flip-down televisions and giant walk-in refrigerators might sound like a good idea, but they will totally blow your budget. They are also never a good return on investment if you decide to sell the house. Concentrate on the main fixtures of the kitchen, which will add more value to your home.