Kitchens are the most popular room in the house to renovate, probably because a lot of time is spent preparing meals for the family. Renovating a kitchen is a big project and a substantial amount of budget is needed to carry out the project. There are a few things that you need to prepare before hiring Universal Kitchens to get the job done.
- Set your budget.
You need to be realistic with the cost of your kitchen renovations, have a look at what you can afford; there is nothing worse than an unfinished kitchen, which couldn’t be completed due to budget constraints. A helpful rule to remember is to keep ten to twenty percent aside for unplanned costs such as the project taking longer than expected.
- Do research.
Do a little bit of window-shopping to understand what the cost of items are. Have a look at various kitchen layouts and trends to get a better understanding of what you like and what you want.
- Consider hidden costs.
There are often costs that we don’t think about such as labour, taxes, importing, shipping costs, delivery costs and the cost of materials. Hidden costs can add up quickly and before you know it you are running out of budget, it is therefore important to factor in hidden costs so that you know that everything is covered.
- Plan the layout of the kitchen.
The kitchen needs to be functional and practical which is why layout is so important. Think about the amount of people who will be using the kitchen at a time, space available, and workstations. Arrange the sink, refrigerator and stove in a triangular pattern as these are the features in the kitchen, which are most often used.
Once you have set your budget, decided on your layout and factored in hidden costs, you need to communicate your vision with your contractor. Giving the contractor a clear image of what you hope to achieve with your kitchen renovations will assist you in achieving the result.
Universal Kitchens should be your contractor of choice when you are looking for quality kitchen components or a trustworthy company to assist you with your kitchen renovations. They are the proud achievers of the best contractor award and pay special attention to customer service. Contact Universal Kitchens for a quote.