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The kitchen is arguably one of the most used rooms in the house and could possibly add significant value to a property when renovated.

The kitchen is arguably one of the most used rooms in the house and could possibly add significant value to a property when renovated.

If you are considering renovating your kitchen, whether it be for yourself or an investment, take a look at these tips below to help stay on track.

Practical design

The last thing you want to do when renovating a kitchen is to make it look smaller. Having a well spread out, open plan design can help open up the rest of the house and make it feel more spacious. 

Think practically when you are deciding what will go where and make sure it makes sense. For example, if you are installing a dishwasher, make sure it is close to the sink and not on the other side of the kitchen. 

Avoid maintenance nightmares

Even though you may want to create a stylish room kitchen with the latest designs, you will need to think about how easy it will be to maintain. Smooth surfaces in light colours, such as white laminate counters or ceramic floors, are easy to clean but show every stain or spill. Stainless steel can also make a room look flashy and slick, but it's not easy to keep smudge-free.

Plan for lots of bench space

Bench space is one of the most sought-after kitchen features. Most people that you ask will say they could do with more work and bench space. Think about what type of appliances will stay on the bench (e.g. toaster, kettle, coffee machine) and if there is enough room leftover for food preparation and serving. 

If you feel like there is not enough bench room, consider putting in an island to add extra space.

Keep it neutral

The type of colour scheme you wish to have in your house will depend on whether you wish to live in it, rent it or sell it. If you are using this property as an investment, you may find that the best bet is to keep colours neutral, as you will have a better chance of appealing to a wide range of renters or buyers. 

Also, in order to maintain cohesion throughout the property, you will need to think about whether the colour scheme for the kitchen will match the rest of the house, particularly if you are planning to renovate other rooms. 

Choosing a builder

Even if you want this to be a complete DIY renovation, there are certain things you should leave to professionals. All plumbing and electrical work should be completed by a trained professional. When selecting a builder or plumber, cheapest is not always the best. Asking for proof of qualifications and references is the best way to check the company is legitimate. Past customers will be able to give you an overview of their management and communication skills as well as workmanship and ability to meet deadlines.