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Is renovating your kitchen worth it?

The average cost for a kitchen renovation is $26,280, according to a survey conducted by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) in 2019.

Budget kitchen renovations can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $43,000 and high-end remodelling project can range from $45,000 to $100,000+. Renovations can improve your lifestyle and increase the value of the property. Kitchen renovations are absolutely worth it if you know how to stretch your dollars.

Does your kitchen need a renovation?

Whether you are ready to renovate or are still not sure several factors to consider could include:

  • Are your kitchen appliances working efficiently?
  • Are you planning to sell your house?
  • Is your kitchen old and affecting your daily life?
  • Do you have broken taps or tiles, leaking pipes, poor ventilation, or faulty light fixtures?

Talk to kitchen renovation experts at Haddon Kitchens who can recommend the best solution for your needs and maximum returns.

Benefits of a kitchen renovations

  • Installation of new appliances can increase energy efficiency and reduce your power bills.
  • Increases the value of the property
  • You can get a brand new kitchen will new appliances, countertops, paints, tiles, and lighting. Having a kitchen you love will encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle.
  • Optimises the space, provides more storage, and improves the functionality for daily use.

Key considerations before you renovate your kitchen

  1. The layout, style and design of the kitchen.
  2. Your budget and the resale value of your home.
  3. Materials you'd like to use and the appliances you want to include.
  4. Lifestyle factors like the size of your household, eating habits, and routine. Consider the flaws in your existing kitchen. The remodelling should fix the problems and make your life smoother.
  5. Make the kitchen more social so it is easier for everyone to chill out without annoying the chef.
  6. Layout and style of the kitchen can influency the cost of your renovation. If you have the money to splurge, you can change the layout and choose fancy materials, fixtures or appliances. Try to prioritise the functionality of the kitchen- lighting, ventilation, quality sturdy materials, easy movement and storage.
Island Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen reno budget

Get the maximum bang for your buck by planning your kitchen reno carefully. There are easy ways to transform your kitchen without breaking the bank. So how do you plan a renovation budget? Here are some handy tips:

  1. Spend the major chunk of money on appliances or cabinetry that isn’t replaced often.
  2. Small improvements like updating cabinets, a beautiful tile backsplash or new fixtures can work wonders for the renovation.
  3. Spend 10-15% of the value of your property on the renovation and set aside some money for unexpected expenses.
  4. Go for a cost effective makeover if you intend to sell the house in a couple of years.
  5. Small renovations, such as updating the kitchen, can help you attract buyers and boost the value of your property if you are planning to sell your house.

At Haddon Kitchens, we know the in's and out's of renovating, have a team of experienced tradespeople and recommend the best solution so you get maximum returns on your renovation.

Kitchen layout ideas for easy workflow

  • Ensure there are clear areas in the kitchen and the appliances do not obstruct movement.
  • The main tasks in your kitchen would be meal preparation, serving food, and cleaning dishes so, the workflow should be simple - the fridge, stove, sink, pantry and cookware should be close to minimise movement. It would be an absolute pain to run around in the kitchen especially when you are in a rush.
  • Kitchen workspace is usually designed as a working triangle to make it functional and ergonomic.
  • The new trend in kitchen designs is Zones - designated areas for cleaning, meal preparation, cooking, storage, eating, drinks etc.
  • The most common kitchen layouts are:
  1. U-shaped
  2. L-Shaped
  3. Galley
  4. Single Line
  5. Island
  6. Peninsula

Your kitchen layout will depend on the size of the room. For example, galley kitchens are perfect for small kitchens and U-shaped layout works great for large spaces.

Is a kitchen renovation worth it?

Kitchen is the heart of your house and this is where you spend most of the time. So if it is not making you happy, it is worth considering remodelling. If your kitchen design is old and affecting your daily life, consider a reno.

Get creative and plan your reno thoroughly to ensure your kitchen it is truly the heart of your house.

Sources: https://hia.com.au/-/media/HIA-Website/Files/IndustryBusiness/Economic/publications/kb-report-extract.ashx?la=en&hash=99460F69345B2EE6BAE315DC19E4BDD1730A76F9

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