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UNDER THE HAMMER: Do-It-Yourselfers are often surprised by how hard kitchen renovation is.
UNDER THE HAMMER: Do-It-Yourselfers are often surprised by how hard kitchen renovation is. Bradbassitt

Give your home a heart transplant: Renovate the kitchen

RENOVATING your kitchen - the heart of your home - can transform the whole place and make day-to-day life so much easier.

But how do you get it right?

The key to success is thorough research and finding the right kitchen renovation company.

They are often registered builders able to guide you through the design and planning permit process.

The project will involve different tradespeople including electricians, plumbers, plasterers, tilers, painters and cabinet makers - even glaziers.

Usually they will build your new kitchen in their factory and come to your home to install it.

They are often set up for major kitchen renovation projects valued at over $10,000. For minor projects such as replacement of benches, new cupboards and minor facelifts, it can be best to look for a cabinetmaker rather than a kitchen reno company.

Typically a kitchen renovation would cost between $9000 and $27,500 depending on factors such as size, specs, number and type of cupboards, number and type of appliances, choice of materials and fittings.

Before you rush off to get kitchen renovation quotes, do your research. The variety of options can be overwhelming when you consider the many choices of benchtops, cupboards, appliances and taps and sinks. The clearer you are on what you need, the more likely you will get what you want.

The key to obtaining competitive kitchen renovation prices is having detailed specifications. Take into account:

  • The size of kitchen - length, width and height.
  • The products and appliances you would like installed, and their price point. Electric or gas? Luxury or economy? Tiles or glass splashbacks? It's decision time.

Without detailed specifications the costs of kitchen renovations can get out of hand very easily.

And don't forget to consider this:

How are you going to keep your home functioning during the kitchen renovation? How are you going to cook meals and wash dishes? How are you going to protect your house from dust?

The perfect kitchen bench

A BENCHTOP can be truly personal but you also have to consider cost and practicality. Here is a breakdown of the most popular materials to help you choose.

Marble: A symbol of luxury living, with a distinctive and elegant look. But the soft stone is vulnerable to staining and damage. Regular sealing can be costly.

High pressure laminate: A popular budget choice with many styles, including imitation timber or stone. Vulnerable to scratches and burn marks.

Wood: Sealed timber can look stunning in a period home. Prices vary widely depending on the wood.

Metal: Stainless steel is moving from commercial to domestic design. Sleek and low-maintenance but can be scratched and dented.

Granite: Famed for its strength and longevity. Needs sealant like marble to prevent staining, but will usually come in cheaper.

Too big a job?

Do-It-Yourselfers are often surprised by how difficult kitchen renovation projects are.

To save time and distress, it might be best to hire a professional to complete the whole renovation.

How to get help:

  1. Explain it once: No ring-around. Say what you need done, on servicecentral.com.au or on 1300 557 917.
  2. They contact you.
  3. Get up to three quotes from certified, licensed, insured and qualified businesses.
  4. You pick the best
  5. Use quotes, feedback and online profiles to select the right provider for you.

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