3 Misconceptions about your Kitchen Renovation
Think Before You Do
Time for a kitchen renovation? Before you start ordering your favourite tiles and imported countertops, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these 3 misconceptions that people have when undergoing a kitchen reno. Surprisingly, budget – because most people have an idea of what they’re going to spend, prior to renovating – isn’t one of them.
1. Bank on a Banquette
One of the biggest misconceptions that my clients have is that they think in terms of a typical table and chairs and a separate island, yet they want as much space as they can get, as well.
One solution is a banquette, which is attached to a joining corner wall, and doubles as seating and storage, freeing up more space in the kitchen. Other multi-purpose, space-saving alternatives: island/peninsula with under cabinets/storage/pull-outs, and chairs all around.
2. DIY? Hell-no!
Biting off more than you can chew is a common misconception in any contract because there are lots of components that work together, and you have to have reliable trades. From design elements to functionality, and to understanding the flow of a kitchen, I can go into anybody’s kitchen and tell them what they’re missing, what they need, and what they’re going to love out of their new kitchen. Also, electrical is going to change, there are locations to consider, and plumbing to be re-routed. That’s what the contractor is for. It’s hard for an individual to think of those things.
3. Fixtures: Explore the options
High-end brands can waste your entire kitchen budget. There’s a misconception that you need to go to high-end brand names in the city, which means you’re paying for overhead, warehouse, and factories. They all have the same material and the same concepts.
There are very inexpensive modular cabinet-makers and modular custom cabinet-makers in Toronto that are affordable, and well-made. The biggest difference is in price. There is also a lot of comparable product on the market in terms of tiles and countertop material. They might not be top-of-the-line, but are comparable in style, which means that you can still get reasonably high-end in terms of design, without paying high-end prices. As far as countertops and tiles, there’s man-made stone and tiles that look comparable to natural stone/tiles, but are a fraction of the price.