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6 Tips to Avoid Making a Mistake in Your Kitchen Renovation

By Hatch Renovations

A kitchen renovation is an exciting project to take on, as the kitchen is the main feature of the home! Renovating this space isn’t just about upgrading for aesthetics, but about making your kitchen functional to suit your lifestyle. There are many details to consider before the renovation even begins. To help you avoid the common pitfalls, below are six essential tips for a flawless kitchen renovation.


  1. Planning!

Before you start tearing down cabinets or ripping up floors, you need to consider how you want to use your new kitchen. Do you need that breakfast bar to make it easier for the kids to eat before they go to school? Are you a self-proclaimed chef who needs plenty of space for prep to whip up yummy meals? Knowing your needs will guide you through the design process to better suit your lifestyle.


We recommend making a list of your everyday kitchen needs as the first step in planning the perfect kitchen with your designer.


  1. Start with Appliances

Choosing your appliances at the start of your project is crucial. The size and type of appliances you select will dictate how much space remains in the kitchen for drawers, cupboards and a pantry. Ensuring all your appliances fit in the space will provide a smooth flow between preparation, cooking and clean up.


If you have a smaller budget or your appliances are relatively new, consider re-using the same appliances. Not only will this save you money, it will allow for a familiar kitchen workflow to be maintained.


Discussing the size of your appliances with your designer will allow them to plan the rest of the space efficiently.


  1. Light it Right

Lighting is more than just brightening a space. It can be functional so you don’t have to work in the dark, but also sets the mood of your kitchen! It’s important to balance task, ambient and feature lighting to create a versatile and aesthetically pleasing space.


LED strip lighting is a great choice for ambient and task lighting. Best placed to the underside of overhead cupboards for any prep work or cooking at the hotplate, as it lights up the space more efficiently than just ceiling lights. LED strip lighting can also set the mood. Leaving the strip lights on whilst you are out of the kitchen creates a moody atmosphere.



Everyone loves a light over their island bench whether it be a coastal rattan pendant or a modern bar pendant. These lights offer a touch of style and bring the aesthetics of your kitchen together. Also offering a separating element between the kitchen and neighbouring living or fining spaces.


  1. Opt For Quality

When it comes to plumbing fittings, hardware, cabinetry and benchtops, quality should be non-negotiable. These are the elements you’ll come into contact with daily and you want to make sure they are durable and easy to maintain for the next 15-20 years in your kitchen.


Opting for quality doesn’t mean buying the most expensive fittings or finishes on the market. This is especially important when it comes to cabinetry and benchtop selections. We love engineered stone benchtops as they offer longevity and easy maintenance, however there is a misconception surrounding cost. You can still get a beautiful stone benchtop for a reasonable price by selecting from a brand’s standard range or speaking to your Interior Designer about what their stonemasons can offer.


Opting for quality is also going to bring warranties along with it. Some low-quality products don’t offer suitable warranty, which is important to get for high-traffic areas.


  1. Be Mindful of Your Budget

A budget is what makes a renovation possible. Having a budget is crucial for managing your expectations and making informed decisions. It’s important to set your budget with a contingency in mind for any unexpected repairs or items that require attention.


A well-defined budget helps your designer tailor the project to your financial limits without compromising on your dream kitchen. Being transparent about this in your first meeting is crucial to avoid unexpected expenses at a later date.


Having a budget in place assists your Designer with keeping you on track with your selections so your dream kitchen can come to life without breaking open the piggy bank.


  1. Consult a Professional

The idea of saving money DIY-ing your renovation is tempting but risky. Just as you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) self-diagnose medical conditions, don’t skimp on professional advice for something as important as a kitchen renovation. Hiring a professional Interior Designer during the design process will not only assist you in creating a design suitable to your lifestyle, but will also open your eyes to new ideas you may not have considered before. Hiring a professional will also help you avoid making costly mistakes!


Your kitchen is considered as the “Heart of the Home” and its renovation deserves careful planning and execution. By keeping these six tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful and functional kitchen for many years to come!