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A kitchen is not just another room in a house. It is the hub around which the family revolves, and a well planned, efficient, bright and welcoming kitchen is an asset which cannot be valued too highly. Modern kitchens are an integral part of the trend for open-plan living, and therefore need to be incorporated seamlessly into the overall design of the living areas, serving their primary function whilst also being visually appealing and easy to keep clean and tidy.
A kitchen is often the first room that a woman will look at when buying or building a house. This is where she will spend many hours of her time whilst at home, and the kitchen needs to be attractive and appealing to her. In older houses, it may be necessary to completely renovate the kitchen to bring it up to date, make it efficient and bright, and allow for essential appliances to be positioned most effectively.
A kitchen renovation may be as simple as painting the walls, retiling the floor or backsplashes, replacing the countertops or cupboard doors, putting up new shelves or removing shelving which is not needed, changing the window blinds, installing a new sink or oven and hob. Such simple cosmetic renovations do not involve changing the existing layout of the kitchen, but rather updating the existing area. These types of renovation are generally quick and easy to carry out, and much of the work can be done by a handyman.
More complex renovations may involve knocking down or repositioning walls, windows or doors,
removing the existing cupboards, sink, oven and hob, or essentially gutting the space and redesigning the whole kitchen to make it more workable and brighter.
Installing an island unit in a larger kitchen will provide much more working and storage space, as well as provide a focal point in the room.
Bear in mind that a kitchen which suits one family, may not fit in with the lifestyle of another. Since the kitchen is such an important part of a home it is preferable, as far as possible, to design an area which inspires and works for your particular needs.
It is advisable to employ an architect or specialised kitchen designers and fitters for major structural renovations, as their experience and ideas will assist you in creating the best kitchen workflow and aesthetic appeal, as well as providing an overall design which will work with your changing needs and attract buyers if you subsequently sell your house.
Choosing the right handyman or specialist should not be too difficult, as their previous renovation or design and installation work can easily be checked, primarily through personal recommendations or general reviews (check their Uptasker reviews online), catalogues and photographs. Reputable kitchen companies and architects will work closely with you and provide valuable advice, tips, plans and illustrations of the new kitchen, as well as overseeing the entire project from start to finish.
Getting your kitchen renovations done right is important - the kitchen and living room are the two most used rooms in your home and having the right layout and design for your kitchen will make your home a pleasant to live in. For more tips on kitchen renovations, please see related articles on the Uptasker blog.