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5 steps to prepare your home for a new kitchen

15 Jul 2019

There are concrete steps you can take to make preparing your home for a new kitchen easy and pleasurable.

There are concrete steps you can take to make preparing your home for a new kitchen easy and pleasurable.

Fixing up your new home or renovating your current one is always an exciting endeavor. A major project of your renovation is putting your new kitchen together. While doing so may be a daunting task,  here are a few tips you can follow:

1. Decide where you want every kitchen appliance to be placed

Based on your preference or cooking experience, you may have preferred locations for specific kitchen appliances when you prepare meals. Some people prefer the stovetop to be isolated from the rest of the kitchen, with the preparation table and sink somewhere in the middle.

Other homeowners may want the opposite, with the oven in the middle of the kitchen area and serving as the pivot point of kitchen work.

Deciding on all these items will make it easier for you and your contractor to plan the kitchen layout, as well as pick necessary appliances and fixtures to execute your desired layout. Certain space constraints may also restrict you to a specific size of refrigerator or oven, so deciding the locations of key kitchen appliances early on will help you when you shop for kitchen appliances.

2. Design your layout based on the most efficient workflow for you

After deciding on the location of your kitchen appliances and fixtures, you’ll also finalise your kitchen layout based on how you normally move around the house and after considering all possible factors.

For example, preparing breakfast for your kids early in the morning may get stressful and hectic, and you may be slowed down by an inefficient kitchen layout. You want to have a kitchen layout that would work best with the flow of people, taking home entrances and exits into account. Also, you want a kitchen layout wherein you have easy access to storage compartments of frequently used utensils and condiments.

3. Make sure your selections are final before construction

It may be difficult and outright impossible in some cases, but it would be best if you aim to make all your selections final before construction begins. This would ensure a smooth project with the quickest possible completion times. Making design changes during construction will introduce all sorts of problems - from simple measurement changes to major issues such as rework of finished items in order to accommodate a bigger refrigerator, for example.

Having the selections finalised before construction would also mean you can order these appliances and fixtures right away. These will most likely be ready for installation once the construction phase of your kitchen is completed.

4. Order the necessary appliances and furniture as soon as possible

Kitchen appliances, especially customised ones, take some time to manufacture and deliver. It would even take more time for items imported from other countries. You want to have these orders placed as soon as possible to ensure that they arrive in time for installation after construction.

Certain appliances such as dishwashers and the oven take a little bit more work to install, so you may want to have these arrive before the final finishing works are done to make it easier for the plumber to install the water and gas piping. Construction may be delayed when delivery for these items is late. Moreover, contractors want to do their finishing works once everything is in place.

5. Designate and clear pathways in your house for entry and exit of construction materials

Whether it’s for a new kitchen or for a renovation, you’ll want to have designated passageways for your contractor and their equipment. Make sure that there’s adequate space for them to bring in their construction equipment, as well as for the entry of your new appliances. Clear these passageways of obstacles, such as home décor and picture frames, in order to ensure the smooth entry and exit of workers and equipment. You’ll have to maintain these pathways for the duration of the kitchen construction.

Finally

For those of you who plan to have kitchen renovation projects while still living in the same house, you may want to prepare a separate room in the house as a temporary kitchen and food preparation area. It would be best to vacate your old kitchen completely while it’s being renovated, keeping it clear for the contractors and safe for your food.

You can set aside the bare minimum such as a fridge and a microwave, which you can use to store and prepare your food. More importantly, be certain to have easy access to a sink for washing and a disposal area for your waste.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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