Change floors, paint walls, install light fixtures, etc. So, it is! The checklist for a kitchen renovation or kitchen remodeling can be long and laborious, but it can also be smooth, fast, and efficient. Everything will depend on how you deal with the planning of work like this. And know one thing: this kitchen renovation process will be advantageous with the correct information.
Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes
First, let's talk about what not to do when renovating the kitchen. Avoiding classic mistakes makes everything easier. So, take note of the following tips:
Don't even try to start work or renovation (no matter how simple) without good planning. Risking it can cost you time and money, something you most likely don't want, right?
A very common mistake in kitchen renovations is neglecting the importance of functionality. That's because the kitchen is a functional room par excellence; that is, it needs to be organized and thought out so that everything is practical and useful in everyday life. Functionality implies adequate spaces for mobility within the environment, cabinets that fit the available spaces, and the correct arrangement of appliances, among other things.
Lighting, whether natural or artificial, is essential in the kitchen. So put that item on the planning list. A lighting error can compromise both the functionality of the environment and aesthetics. The ideal is to prioritize natural light during the day and create a great lighting system for night use, from targeted luminaires and spots, for example.
When renovating your kitchen, establish what space you need for pantry storage and organizing crockery, cutlery, and other utensils. It is common not to plan appropriately for this aspect of the renovation and end up with either too big or too small cabinets.
Kitchen Renovation Steps
Budget, Needs, And Planning
Any work or renovation needs to start from three essential items: the available budget, the needs of the residents, and, finally, the planning that encompasses these two previous aspects. We can say that the budget is the flagship of any reform. Without a clear and precise idea of how much you can spend, it is tough to plan the kitchen of your dreams. So, evaluate your budget and see how much you can allocate to this renovation. Then set priorities and needs. What is a priority in your kitchen? The illumination? The plumbing? The furniture? Have this list handy before you start planning.
Then it is also essential to define the needs of the residents. Evaluate if the kitchen has the necessary measures to meet the demands of the house and if the cabinets are sufficient, among other aspects. And if you want to expand the kitchen by integrating it with the living and dining room, for example, this is the time.
After analyzing everything, it's time to understand the kitchen's structure. Before any intervention, it is essential to know where the support beams, the water, and the light networks are and the material with which the ceiling was made (lining, stucco, or slab, for example). When in doubt, look for an architect or engineer. And never, at any time, tear down walls before knowing the structure.
The Total Or Partial Renovation
Complementing the idea above, it is also essential that you define whether the kitchen renovation will be total. It will involve replacing and maintaining the entire hydraulic and electrical network, floors, coatings, cabinets, and countertops, or only partial with minor modifications, such as painting or replacing cabinets.
hydraulic And Electrical
In some cases, replacing the entire hydraulic and electrical network in the kitchen may be necessary, especially in older properties. Another factor that can imply in this type of renovation is the change of place of the sink bench and light points, for example. If this change is necessary, know that it will enter the first stage of the renovation schedule.
Floors and coverings
Next comes the renovation of floors and coatings. Nowadays, the preference is for using more practical and modern floors, such as porcelain. On the walls, the coating is no longer used in the total area to be applied only in the region over the sink countertop, which gives the kitchen a cleaner and more modern look.