04 Apr Three tips to get your home improvement underway
Deciding you need some work done to the house can be a daunting prospect.
How do you budget or plan for a renovation or an extension, especially when you’re keen to get a new kitchen incorporated?
Our advice is actually very simple:
- Make a wish list
- Talk to the right professionals in the right order
- Understand the time frame involved
Sit down with a glass of wine or a cup of tea (most of our advice starts this way) and really think about what your new/revived space needs to provide that it isn’t doing for you right now. Do you need somewhere to leave muddy wellies? Access for a pushchair or wheelchair? More storage? More space to work from home? More natural light? More worktop area?
When you have that list of all the things your current space doesn’t offer you, it is time to talk to someone about your new kitchen. Get your Pinterest board for design inspiration underway and an appointment with a specialist booked in, and do this before speaking to your builder or architect.
By talking to your specialists first, your kitchen wishlist can be incorporated as the new space is planned to ensure you don’t end up compromising on those details later down the line. It is the details that transform how we use and live in our homes so they need to be considered from the beginning. Some customers have come to us right at the end of their renovation project to discover that they hadn’t allocated the right budget, space or timeline to facilitate the kitchen they’d been dreaming of.
When we work with a customer from the outset of their project, we offer a free in-home design consultation to really understand what they’re trying to achieve in the new kitchen and space.
By taking this time and seeing it in person, we’ll design the new kitchen space with all their needs incorporated and styled beautifully into a contemporary bespoke kitchen. We utilise our experience and creativity to offer innovative yet practical solutions, including flooring and lighting guidance to ensure that every aspect of the new kitchen and area has been planned properly.
In addition to planning the space most effectively, this approach also enables you to manage your budget more effectively. If you already know what you need to allocate for your kitchen, this clarifies your budget discussions with the architect and builders.
Our second piece of advice is to take the time to really understand the time frame involved with a renovation. What time frame are your builders and architect working to and has that taken into account a realistic period for any slippage? With our bespoke kitchens, the lead time is 6-8 weeks from contract to delivery and we allow 2-3 weeks for installation. Again, if this is all scheduled at the start of the process, it can be incorporated seamlessly into the renovation schedule.
So, top up the wine glass or get the kettle on again, it is time to get that wishlist started!
To make home improvement even less daunting, Kitchens Bespoke provide full project management inclusive with every kitchen we design and install.
Ready with your wishlist or looking for some inspiration to get you started? Pop into our showroom or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.