Kitchen Renovation Ideas – An old friend of mine moved into a beautiful century, 19 Later, in a Victorian house just over 12 months. At a recent party held at the home of many of the guests commented on the quaint old style of cooking and how warm and friendly it seemed. At this point, my friend said she and her four children, all hated the kitchen and would love to renovate and modernize it, but it was completely intimidated by the task and therefore if he had not tried.
His main fear was the perceived high cost of the renovation of an old house that he had heard many horror stories of home improvement – people who spend tens of thousands of dollars in renovations that began to be quite modest, only to find a number of unbudgeted repair and maintenance is also required, thus blowing the estimated costs significantly. My friend did not like the idea of being in a similar situation so the idea of restoration of business and the renovation works had been shelved. One of the guests at the party was a builder and a professional interior decorator and they both said that while the work of restoration (the restoration of the building “like new” condition similar to when the building was originally built) was quite extensive and time consuming, however, a renewal (modernization) of the project was relatively inexpensive.
Most homeowners, my friend included, have the perception that old houses are especially difficult to renovate purely due to their age, but this is not entirely correct. In reality whether the house is old or quite new, a kitchen renovation nearly always turns out be very cost effective and the habitants will see a marked improvement in the area. Renovation ideas for old homes can be planned so that new items and appliances can be integrated along with the kitchen’s older features, for example your new stainless steel refrigerator would not appear to be out of place being in the same kitchen as an old wood-burning stove.
The true key to affordable and effective ideas is in the planning stage and this applies to any kind of home, whether new or old.
First on the list of all sound kitchen renovation ideas is to adequately cost your planned renovations. This is the most critical aspect as you should not attempt any substantial renovation project unless you have enough funding available or you can enlist the help of your bank or mortgage provider. Notwithstanding the fact that you require substantial funding, take heart in knowing that you can reduce costs in some areas without sacrificing the over-all quality of the renovation. It is important that you allocate adequate funds for the key aspects of the renovation, namely the design component, labor costs and appliances and fixtures.
If you propose to undertake extensive remodeling or structural changes then be aware that this type of work is extremely expensive. When structural changes are part of your remodeling project then it is essential that you employ a builder who can work within your budget. Always ensure before you start the work that any structural changes, such as the addition or removal of a room divider or the installation of a seat-window or skylight, have been adequately costed into the overall project.
When you are reviewing your ideas always build in an allowance for unexpected contingencies such as repairs being necessary to plumbing, heating and electrical equipment. There is nothing worse than having an aesthetically pleasing kitchen which is great to look at but in reality is a fire-hazard or energy-monster because of the old and ineffective equipment. In old houses it is highly likely you will need to spend money upgrading this type of equipment.
Once you have addressed the structural and services (heating, lighting, plumbing etc) aspects of the kitchen renovation you can then turn your attention to other aspects like choosing counter tops, cabinets and floor coverings. This is a great area in which to control costs as it is possible to use many alternate materials, that are just as durable and impressive as for example marble or granite, however they cost a fraction of the price of the real material. It is also recommended that you consider buying stock cabinets instead of custom-fitted ones as this too will save you a great deal of money.