Top Tips for Fast-Tracking Your Kitchen Renovation in Time for Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get that kitchen renovation done before family and friends converge on your house and your pantry. While you may feel there is only so much time in the week, the exciting upside of more time spent at home is that you’ll probably find the things you’d usually be too time-poor for (like renovating!) you’ll be able to devote more attention.
If you are short of time but need that new oven installed for roasting the turkey, or a new bench in place for managing the influx of food to prepare for the day, here are some quick tips for speeding up your renovation in time for the silly season.
Naturally, you’ll need to have a clear idea of what you want to be updated in your kitchen to work effectively and in a timely manner with your kitchen designer. You cannot just go in with hammers blazing and expect to build a kitchen of Grand Designs’ standard. Be prepared with a clear vision that you can share with your kitchen designer to create a design that’s functional and loved by all.
Work with a kitchen designer
As exciting as the renovating process can be, and as much as we want all the creative licence over our project, time constraints make it necessary to contact an experienced kitchen designer. A registered, talented designer will be able to come out to your property and work with you to create a design that you can be pleased with. Plus, you won’t have to stress about the layout yourself.
Trying to design a kitchen with no experience in the field can be a difficult task, and will only further slow down the process. You don’t want to be coming up to Christmas still caught up in the minutiae of kitchens, deciding where to place the new refrigerator, what style of oven you want for cooking that Christmas feast or how high your splashback goes up the wall. Allow an expert to do the work for you – they know the ins and outs of creating stunning designs and are experienced at delivering within short periods of time.
Work with what you have
Your pre-existing kitchen structure is your friend, and you can speed up the process if you use what you already have available in the space. You can keep some aspects of the kitchen in place, including plumbing and flooring as you may find that you don’t need to redo these elements – your builder can simply work around them.
- Plumbing – If you already have a plumbing system in place that you are happy with and does not need relocating or remodelling, why change it? Unnecessary reworking of the plumbing system will have your renovation moving at a snail’s pace. Therefore, if you don’t need to rework the plumbing, simply don’t do it. Your builder will know exactly what to do in terms of working around the plumbing system.
- Structures – Benches, cabinets, drawers, pantries and other structures don’t necessarily have to be replaced. For example, if you were thinking of replacing a whole pantry because you weren’t happy with its design, your builder can simply add new elements (a new door, extra compartments) until you are happy with its design. Keeping the existing carcasses and simply replacing cabinet doors, handles and other accessories will not only shave time off your renovation, but it’ll also keep the costs down too.
- Flooring – If you are starting to become really short of time but still want to lay down a stunning new kitchen floor, it is wise to choose a style that is easy to install. Styles such as roll-out and plank flooring are quick and easy to have installed, as well as being a stylish and more affordable option.
Use high-quality pre-assembled cabinetry
Because you don’t want to spend days assembling your own cabinets only to find out that hey, maybe it’s a good thing you’re not a qualified cabinet maker, that’s where we come in. An experienced kitchen joiner will create cabinetry to fit your kitchen perfectly, and they’ll even have the team install it for you! Purchasing high-quality pre-assembled cabinets make this element of renovation simple. All you have to do is purchase them and voilà – you have beautiful, spacious new cabinets ready for storing all your Christmas delights.
Contact us for expert advice
Hopefully, this piece has helped you gain a better understanding of what needs to be done to ensure your kitchen is ready for the fun and frivolity of the Christmas period. If you’re still looking for advice for creating the ideal entertaining space, feel free to take a look at our blog on designing the perfect outdoor kitchen, because what better way to enjoy an Aussie Christmas than cooking up a storm in the summer sun?
Ready to give your kitchen the much-needed makeover it deserves? Contact us for a consultation today.