People say that getting married and moving house are two of the most stressful events in life. However, many will agree there is one more; renovating a kitchen. Having worked in the renovation industry for almost forty years, we know how stressed homeowners can get during the kitchen renovation process. Our team at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors are experts at putting people at ease and guiding them through their renovation.
In the planning stages of a new kitchen, there are so many exciting decisions to make. Yet, people often forget about the practical implications of living without a kitchen for weeks or months whilst the work is being undertaken. Not to mention, several things can go wrong during a kitchen renovation when you don’t have the right team of specialists to assist you and this can all add unnecessary stress to the project.
Sometimes, homeowners will even question whether the stress of a kitchen renovation is worth it, but when you work with our experts at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors, we can assure you that it is. Not only will we do all we can to reduce stress throughout your project, but over the years we have learnt a few tricks that can be useful too. Whilst we’re not saying these tips are foolproof, if you’re planning to renovate your kitchen in Maidenhead, they may give you one less thing to worry about.
Start the project with a clear budget
One of the biggest sources of stress while renovating a kitchen is money. It’s fair to say that luxury kitchens can be expensive and it’s easy to go over your budget if you’re not careful. So, ensure you know how much you have to spend before you start making design decisions, this can help to make the entire process as smooth as possible. Your budget should be a part of your first discussion with a kitchen designer. There’s nothing more stressful than running out of money, leaving you with an incomplete renovation.
Our team at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors will help you with budgeting as much as we can. Once we know how much you have to spend, we can offer budget-friendly solutions that still meet all of your needs and style preferences. When you renovate your kitchen with us, we will provide you with a transparent quote too. There are no hidden costs or surprise fees to worry about, and we will ensure you’re kept informed at every stage of the project.
We would also recommend that you carefully consider what you’re happy to splurge on and where you’d prefer to save some money. For example, some homeowners will choose to splurge on their white goods and save a little on their cabinets and surfaces, or vice versa. Thinking about this in advance will make it easier for you to make design decisions and keep your new kitchen within your predetermined budget.
Decide on your kitchen essentials
Whenever you start a kitchen renovation, you should think about what your non-negotiables are. You and your partner may have different ideas in mind for the space, and different opinions on how the new kitchen should look. Even if you both like a similar aesthetic, you may still have different preferences on colour schemes, layouts and other details, which can quickly lead to nitpicking and arguments that make the renovation more stressful.
You can easily limit any disagreements by sitting down to discuss what you consider to be ‘essential’ before you speak to one of our kitchen designers near Maidenhead. It might be the colour of the countertops or the style of the sink, or something else entirely, but knowing what you’re not willing to compromise on and what you’re more flexible with can help you avoid tension later on down the road. Deciding on your kitchen essentials can also make the design process much easier and you won’t have to spend as long contemplating options.
Prepare for the installation process
Living without a kitchen isn’t easy and although our experienced team will work hard to complete the installation as quickly as possible, renovations still take time. To make life more bearable once your old kitchen has been stripped out and your new kitchen is being installed, create a small kitchen area elsewhere in your home. Simply plugging a fridge in and creating a small worktop will enable you to still make meals at home whilst your kitchen space isn’t usable, so you won’t have to spend lots of money on meals out.
Our installers will try to cause as little disruption as possible during the renovation process too and when they can, they will work at a time that’s most convenient for you. We will also try to provide you with some usable space in the new kitchen as quickly as possible, so you can continue cooking meals at home. Preparing for the installation and hiring the best possible team of kitchen fitters will help to make the renovation process as stress-free as possible.
Try to stick to your routine
This might sound a little bit silly because it’s difficult to stick to your daily routine when you’re missing an important part of your home, but it can really help. Setting up an auxiliary kitchen elsewhere in your house and still being able to cook food for yourself and your household will help you to maintain your routine during your renovation.
Having a ‘normal’ routine will bring you a sense of familiarity and help to keep stress and uncertainty to a minimum whilst you’re renovating your kitchen. Overall, sticking to your routine as much as you can will ensure the process doesn’t feel so disruptive, allowing you to enjoy the process of installing your new kitchen rather than hating every second of it.
Want to get started on your kitchen renovation in Maidenhead?
If you’re ready to start renovating your kitchen in Maidenhead, then our team at Ashford Kitchens & Interiors will be happy to help you. You can pop into our showroom to have a chat with our expert designers or you can give us a call to arrange a design consultation at a time that suits you. We look forward to helping you transform your space and we will make the kitchen renovation process as stress-free as possible. You will be in very good hands with our experienced team and we will use our years of experience to streamline your renovation.