design carefully when renovating your kitchen.
- Use professionals kitchen including a builder, electrician and plumber.
- Professionals need to be carefully scheduled.
Find out more about the initial considerations, common pitfalls and
experts you may require when renovating a kitchen.
The kitchen is often the most expensive room to renovate in the house
and requires extra care to get it right. Read on to find out more about
what you should consider and common pitfalls to try and avoid.
- Will a kitchen renovation specialist manage the entire project,
or will you engage an independent builder or project manager?
- Will you be restructuring the space: altering floor or ceiling;
removing walls; resiting or resizing doors, windows or skylights;
or adding a pantry? If so, allow for extra time and cost. Do the same
if altering the existing plumbing or wiring.
- Is the kitchen to be part of a larger living or dining area or a
self-contained space? Will it incorporate an eating area or a pantry?
- If you are incorporating imported and custom-built fittings/appliances
order these well ahead to ensure their timely arrival.
- Determine what appliances, bench and storage space you require.
- Determine whether you will be installing new lighting, power outlets
- Do existing wall, floor and ceiling cavities allow for the plumbing,
lighting, ventilation and water-heating options and cabinetry you
- Will you be replacing or resurfacing existing flooring?
- Determine whether you will use any existing fixtures, fittings or
finishes in the new design.
- What colours and styles suit your taste and lifestyle?
- How can you best plan around ongoing work? For example consider
creating a temporary kitchen, eating meals out or renting a serviced
Your kitchen renovation generally requires help from some or all of
- Architect and interior designer
- Environmental designer
- Kitchen renovation service or builder/project manager
- Tiler or benchtop/splashback specialist
- Flooring specialist
Can I do it myself?
- Major structural work and most plumbing and electricals must be
performed by licensed tradespeople.
- Constructing or installing cabinetry, flooring and benchtops also
need to be installed by skilled professionals.
- Tasks suitable for the skilled home renovator may include: removing
existing fittings; constructing and/or installing cabinetry; fitting
appliances installing cabinetry, storage units.
- Keen amateurs might assist the designer with layout and finishes;
source fittings and appliances; install simple fittings (hooks, shelves,
etc); paint; sand, surface or seal cabinetry and flooring.
Plan well and consult the professionals to avoid these common kitchen
renovation problems and pitfalls.
- Failing to accurately measure your kitchen fittings, then finding
your desired floorplan isn't functional, appliances don't fit, or
your plan leaves insufficient space for working effectively.
- Underestimating the complexity, time and costs involved.
- Scheduling tradespeople in incorrect order or allowing insufficient
time for each to complete their stage (especially with structural
alterations or new plumbing).
- DIYing complex jobs such as removing load-bearing walls.
- Wishful thinking in kitchen layout: underestimating the dimensions
of cabinetry or appliances, failing to account for the 'sweep' of
doors, skimping on work surfaces or storage, allocating insufficient
space for 'incidentals' such as waste disposal.
- Purchasing fittings or fixtures without first consulting trade professionals.
- Failing to consider hazards and workflow when planning kitchen layout.
- Choosing unsuitable appliances and materials, skimping on quality
or failing to maintain them (wood degenerates unless properly sealed;
stone and concrete require maintenance; cheap stone benchtops chip).
- Thinking you'll upgrade again soon generally, this is the kitchen
you'll be using for the next decade, so plan it accordingly.