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We can all agree that the kitchen is one of the important spots in the home. With many of us spending lots of time in one, it makes sense that your kitchen interior should be safe and functional before aesthetic considerations. Even if you decide to engage an interior designer to help you it's still a good idea to have an idea on what works and what doesn't. Here are some guidelines on how to renovate your kitchen (in step-by-step order): 1. When picking appliances, go for products that give you an estimate of its total dimensions so that you can plan your kitchen space in advance. This information should at least be available on demand from the manufacturer if not stated on the product itself. 2. Place the sink as close to the drainage pipe as possible. The closer it is to the drain pipe, the shorter the pipe from the sink has to be. Cheaper and fewer potential problems in future. 3. Learn about the kitchen work triangle. Optimizing foot traffic flow and smoothing the transition from station to station without backtracking helps (e.g. not having to walk past the stove to get the sink and back). It's simple space usage logic, really, but one that can have a big impact (fewer accidents, less walking around, less bumping into one another). Image via Wikipedia. 4. Select (or design custom) your kitchen cabinets to work in line with the kitchen work triangle. (Layout and configurations for your kitchen) 5. Pick the finish for floors and walls: pick a finish that is puts up with water, soap and grease. Satin and semi-gloss paint finishes are ideal. Ceramic tiles could be okay too but you might have to worry about gunk buildup in between the grout (the mortar filling in between tiles) - a potential health hazard. 6. Based on your selections, request quotations from three independent contractors. This should help you evaluate the market better and give you an idea of how much your project should cost. (Submit your quotation request) 7. Have your new cabinetry delivery to coincide with the time the old ones are replaced. If the new cabinets are delivered too early then you might find yourself with no where to put it. Extra tip: go for kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the top to maximize storage space while also making the space look bigger. 8. Prep the walls (including internal components) and have them ready before the cabinets are delivered and installed. 9. Install the countertops and sinks. Solid surfaces are always a good pick since they're affordable, easy to install and very hygienic, but "quartz" and natural stone countertops have many pros, too. (How to choose the perfect countertop) 10. Plumbing comes next. Choose pipes based on strength, durability, flexibility, weight, resistance to corrosion and the method used to join them together. 11. Tile the kitchen backsplash. Go for a backsplash that complements your kitchen design as a whole (it should comply with the 60:30:10 colour scheme rule). 12. Painting and lighting. (A guide to lighting your home) 13. Delivery and installation of appliances. Again, make sure this happens at around the same time you remove the old ones - having the appliances delivered too early and you'll have to store those appliances somewhere in your a house (space that you might not have). Pull out the old appliances too early and you won't be able to use them. And there we go. Good luck with your renovation! __________________________ Put in Your Quotation Request __________________________ More interior design and renovation tips:
Hi, Just got a resale HDB flat and need minor reno. Am a reno newbie so hoping some of the old-timers here can help me out a little. Just wondering... if I need to change a kitchen sink, I understand I will also need to remove/re-tile the counter top for that area (the previous owner put the sink in the service-balcony area so it's sort of separate from the rest of the cooking/work-top areas). But do contractors do just that small amount of work? Or should I just get a plumber/tiler who can also do that + change toilet bowls + wash basin? Sorry if this sounds silly, just not sure if I should find individual vendors or get a contractor. Thank you in advance for your advice/help! cheers, WH
I had received the following quotation for my kitchen renovation. I'll like to check if the cost is reasonable, among other things, the carpentry and the cost of the backsplash.
Hi guys/gals, I need some advice. My family intends to do some renovation to the kitchen and dad is thinking of salvaging the cement base to the stove and sink. His idea is to just hack the top cement portion to the stove and sink and overlay with either choices like quartz/solid/acrylic? Is this possible for the shifu to do this only? Another question is that will hacking of the cement base to the stove and sink and rebuilding it be a better idea? Or it will cost much more? If so, how much am I looking at? Any advice for this? I did some reading of this forum and come to conclude the following; Cabinet: Range from $100-$150/feet.. Even so, I am not sure does this price range consist of laminate finish, ABS trimming and soft close hinges. Any comments? Kitchen top: Range from $120 onwards and depends on which type or brands you takeLast of all.. Any trust worthy contractor you guys/gals can recommend?