What to know before starting a kitchen renovation

Whether you need a small kitchen refresh or are planning a designer dream renovation, the experts at Refresh Renovation Christchurch have all the advice you need.

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Whether you’re after modern kitchen ideas, want to renovate to sell, or have been wondering about kitchen renovation costs, our local Christchurch consultants can answer all your questions and help you design and plan your perfect kitchen makeover.

Decide on a remodel or a refresh

If you’re happy with the existing layout of your kitchen, you may be able to refresh the space with touch ups such as a new benchtop or re-painted cabinets. But, if you’re craving more space, increased functionality, or your existing fixtures are in poor shape, a complete remodel may be what you need. If you’re wondering ‘is a kitchen remodel worth it?’, remember that kitchen renovations are a way to add value to your home, so talk to your designer about what is feasible for your space and your budget. 

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Set a realistic budget

How much does a kitchen remodel cost? That depends on a variety of factors so it’s important to talk to your designer or consultant early in the renovation process to get a real understanding of current costs, have an honest conversation about your budget, and spend time determining your needs vs your wants. If custom tiling is important to you, look at saving money with your tapware, for example. Ask your designer about cost-saving hacks and remember that money spent in the design process is almost always worth its weight in gold, as seen in this beautiful Burwood kitchen renovation.

Bonus tip: Blowing the budget is one of the top pitfalls of renovations so ensure you have an agreed budget with your Christchurch kitchen contractor before any work begins. 

Don’t be discouraged by size

Your kitchen doesn’t have to be big to be functional – or fabulous! Savvy design elements and a clever layout will ensure your kitchen feels spacious and is a joy to work in. We’ve worked with dozens of homeowners (like these two in Hoon Hay) to transform their small kitchens into spaces they love. For more inspiration and advice for a small kitchen interior, click here.

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Don’t forget to future proof

Replace aging electrics and plumbing while you already have walls exposed, incorporate smart technology, and think about your needs as you age. Even including lever handles instead of taps can make things easier post-retirement. Future proofing your kitchen means that you can be independent for longer, so it’s worth having a conversation in the design phase. 

Invest in storage

Regardless of how big or small your kitchen may be, storage solutions are key to creating a functional space. From designer butler’s pantries to simple lazy susans, there are countless ways to increase your storage capabilities. Plan ahead and your future self will thank you! 

Choose the right kitchen contractor in Christchurch

No one likes cowboy tradies! Eliminate stress by working with a reputable company that can seamlessly manage your renovation from start to finish. Refresh are local, and have an existing network of trusted professionals they use to deliver quality workmanship you will love. We offer a tailored service with a dedicated consultant who will take care of all the details big and small, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the renovation journey. Kitchen renovations in Christchurch couldn’t be easier – just look at these glowing customer testimonials, or this fabulous Riccarton transformation.

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Ready to make a change?

If you’re ready to transform your kitchen into a space you truly love, then it’s time to get in touch with Refresh! Arrange a free consultation with your local kitchen renovation consultant in Christchurch for advice, ideas, or just a friendly chat, and take the first step toward your dream kitchen.

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