A kitchen renovation is complex in that it’s about creating a modern space, a practical space and making the most of space too. After all, it’s the place cooking, eating and meal times centre around and most often the hub of the home. Here are five kitchen renovation ideas for ways to update your kitchen space:
Cosmetic changes: If you’re happy with your overall kitchen space but feel it needs a few tweaks to modernise and freshen up the appearance, consider some minor cosmetic updates such as a new benchtop, a new glass splashback or feature tiling, replacing/adding feature light fittings or adding overhead feature cabinetry. Just a few of these minor kitchen renovations can give your room some extra pizzazz.
Layout makeover: Changing the structural elements or layout of your entire kitchen will no-doubt transform the space. But be aware that involving this in your kitchen renovation will raise your budget and require additional plumbing/electrical work. This, however, is one way to make the most of your existing space and incorporate any sought-after elements such as a walk-in pantry, island bench with sink or large wrap-around L-shaped bench, appliance storage, underbench oven or double oven, and large five-burner cooktop.
Replace cabinetry: You can update your existing cabinetry and benchtops without altering the layout of your space. You’ll need to consider a new arrangement of cupboards and drawers, and the cabinetry material/finish too that suits your budget/style (from melamine to vinyl-wrap/two-pac or timber). For benchtops, consider the various materials (such as laminate, reconstituted stone or marble) and textures/colourings perfect for your kitchen renovation.
Appliance update: Replacing your appliances with new ones can bring a more stylish look (think stainless steel finishes) and also help make meal times more practical and functional. But, before kitchen renovations begin, do consider the size of appliances (upgrading from a four-burner cooktop to five burners, switching from a wall oven to underbench oven) and whether changes will be required to the existing cabinetry to house them.
Extra elements: Adding a few extra elements to your kitchen renovation can give an already modern kitchen that final extra touch, as well as create a more practical and usable space. For extra storage, consider overhead cupboards or creating an island bench with underbench cabinetry. You could also add a double oven or oversized underbench oven or five-burner cooktop. Minor changes to the structure/layout could help you create a walk-in pantry or cabinetry to house appliances.
A recent Melbourne client loved everything about her new home except the kitchen. Although she liked the gloss cabinetry in the recently renovated kitchen, other elements of the fittings and finishings didn’t suit her tastes. She contacted The Makeover Group to help redesign the space and create a kitchen renovation that offered a more modern and polished look with colours in white, off-whites and chromes / silver. The existing grey laminate benchtop was replaced with a speckled white/off-white Caesar stone benchtop and a breakfast bar incorporated into the design. Three chrome pendant lights were hung about the benchtop and the feature-tiled splashback was replaced with a white glass splashback. These minor cosmetic additions created a brighter modern and sleek-looking space, better matching the client’s needs and style.
Richard Armstrong is Director of Melbourne firm, The Makeover Group. He has more than a decade of kitchen renovation experience, including design and build. He has worked with hundreds of Melbourne clients to modernise and enhance their properties.