At BJF Joinery we pride ourselves on creating the best kitchens available on the Gold Coast. Whether you are looking to replace your entire kitchen or just need a little touch up, we are the crew to call. Over the years we have been asked every question under the sun when it comes to kitchen renovations. So we decided to make a list of some of the more common and important questions that come to mind. Have a browse through this if you are thinking about renovating.
How Do I Choose The Right Contractor?
A great way to find a good contractor is through word of mouth, talk to friends and colleagues and find out who they used and if they were happy with the results. In our opinion, it is crucial to look for a contractor who has been around for a long period of time, who has during this time maintained a good reputation, and who specialises in room or area of your specific renovation. Make sure you are comfortable with the team that is going to take up the job. If you are on the same page as them they will help you get the most out of your space. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest upfront contractor, quite often they will give a lower price upfront but then when it comes to it the job will take longer than expected and they will charge you an arm and a leg. Look for quality first, and work your way from there.
What Colours Work Best?
This will depend on your own specific circumstances and taste. Sticking to a classic colour palette might sound a little boring, but it is often a great way to start. By choosing neutrals and then experimenting along the way with feature colours is a safe way to go. White, off-white, shades of grey and even black can work their magic whether used in modern, classic or contemporary kitchen designs. These neutrals never go out of taste. You can always add colour in the way of furniture appliances and art. We recommend, unless you are very certain about a certain colour or style, to start with neutrals.
How Do I Understand What Is Involved In My Renovation?
This is a question that is not asked often enough. Before any work begins you should be well aware of what exact work is being done and what you expect when it is finished. Choosing a builder that is willing to explain what they will be doing upfront in a logical and straightforward manner is very important. This is a great way of finding out how confident your builder is and if they are willing to explain in detail the work that they will be completing. By finding a contractor that will go over everything with you, you will give yourself peace of mind.
How Long Will It Take?
With any renovation complications can arise that will change the timeframe for completion. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page from the get go. Even if there are going to be things that go wrong or unforeseen challenges make sure that communication is open and that they are letting you know how they are progressing. Getting a timeframe upfront is all well and good, but the key is staying in communication as the job is progressing and sticking to the timeframe. Every kitchen is different so it can be hard to predict with exact accuracy.
How Much Will It Cost?
Make sure you know before any work is begun exactly how much your kitchen renovation is going to cost. Reputable builders will offer a fixed price for general renovations, this will include in writing exactly what is being completed. Be completely honest on your end on what materials you want to use and what your budget is.
How To Prepare Your Budget?
Calculating your kitchen renovation budget comes down to research and knowledge, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to keep your budget low:
The more you relocate plumbing and electrical fixtures the pricier your renovation will be. Sometimes relocations are unavoidable for the design that you want. Limiting these relocations will be easier on your wallet.
Appliances can be one of the more costly parts of a new kitchen. Make sure you do your research and purchase for your needs. No point in getting the industrial baking oven if you don’t know how to bake.
Consider the quality of fittings and fixtures, these items can come at a premium if you are selecting the best materials available. When all combined they quickly add up.
There are plenty of other things that you need to consider to make sure you stay within your desired budget.
Now that we have gone over some of the more common and important questions about kitchen renovations, you should be on your way to creating your new dream kitchen. At BJF Joinery we create beautiful luxury kitchens of all sizes across the Gold Coast. Whether you have a small kitchen or a large one, we have the expertise to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you are in the market for a kitchen renovation make sure to get in touch with us online or in store.