The New Year calls for a fresh start, so what better opportunity to finally get started on the kitchen renovation you have been dreaming of for the past few years? Whether you want to completely renovate your existing space or replace a few features to add a new lease of life, you most definitely won’t be short for fabulous kitchen renovation ideas!

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    Transform Your Space With These Kitchen Renovations Ideas

    For many years, we have specialised in bespoke kitchens in Milton Keynes, working hand-in-hand with our clients to create the perfect space for cooking, eating and socialising. Renovations are what we do best, so to inspire your New Year plans, we thought we would put together just some of the most popular trends amongst our clients:

    Most common kitchen renovation FAQs:

    Kitchen Renovation By Build My Kitchen

    1. Save money with a kitchen cabinet renovation

    A popular option amongst many clients is our kitchen refurbishment service; this involves replacing only specific components instead of redesigning the entire space. Based on our client’s vision, our designers will work closely to handpick products to replace, the most sought-after being doors, drawer fronts and handles, allowing them to achieve a complete kitchen cabinet renovation.

    Our kitchen cabinet renovation service offers a lower-cost alternative while still breathing a new lease of life into the space, starting from as little as £2,000 for a total refurbishment. For example, for just £2,000, you could replace your current cabinets with doors from the Porter Gloss range by Second Nature, as well as install new drawer fronts, cornicing, plinths and end panels. Inside, you could even consider integrating smart storage such as cupboard carousels or pull-out shelving, allowing you to maximise organisation for a fresh, clutter-free kitchen!

    Purple Custom Cabinets

    2. Embark on a small kitchen renovation

    Based on research by Statista, the size of the average UK kitchen has slightly decreased since 2000. And while many dream of a larger space, a smaller kitchen most definitely doesn’t mean that you cannot design a practical, stylish hub for cooking and socialising. There are tons of wonderful small kitchen renovation ideas that will allow you to take full advantage of the space you have available, such as the following:

    • Incorporate a slim breakfast bar: Double up one section of your work surface with a breakfast bar by adding quirky stools. This creates the perfect multi-functional kitchen diner, great for hosting guests!
    • Adopt a light, bright colour palette: When designing a smaller space, light shades will be your best friend. These will bounce light around the room to create the illusion of a more spacious kitchen. Take a look at our guide to kitchen colour ideas for inspiration.
    • Consider fitting bold flooring: Bold, patterned walls are likely to enclose a smaller kitchen; however, if you want to add a touch of character, consider incorporating this into the flooring. Diagonal patterning, large tiles or wide planks all cleverly extend the floor.

    Small Kitchen Renovation

    3. Use a kitchen island renovation to maximise storage

    An island has and always will be one of the number one features our clients request when working on their kitchen installation in Milton Keynes. Offering the perfect focal point, as well as ample worktop space, hidden storage and more, an island will always be a fabulous addition to any kitchen.

    Nowadays, the wealth of wonderful design ideas means that it couldn’t be easier to renovate your existing island to make it not only attractive but also super practical. Our past clients have used their island to accommodate both drawers and cupboard space, along with wine coolers, pull-out larders and an area for seating. On the top of their island, they also have integrated an induction hob and a sink, helping to save valuable worktop space across the kitchen and create the perfect multi-functional feature.

    Kitchen With Wine Cooler

    4. Create an open floor plan kitchen

    An open plan layout is, by far, one of the most popular modern home trends, so it’s no surprise that a significant percentage of the kitchens we design take this approach. We regularly work with clients embarking on large home renovations, whether it may be reconfiguring the layout of their ground floor or building an extension, all with the aim of creating a bright, airy open floor plan kitchen.

    When designing an open plan kitchen, there will be many factors to consider, such as:

    • Will you need to knock down walls? If so, a structural engineer will be vital in ensuring your property remains stable.
    • What type of open plan layout are you aiming for? Would you like a kitchen diner, or will you also incorporate your lounge?
    • Will you need to extend your property to accommodate this layout? If so, will you need to apply for planning permission?
    • What will take up the most space in the room (i.e. fridge freezer, oven, island, etc.)? These will be your priority when designing the space.

    From here, you will then be able to work with our designers and kitchen fitters in Milton Keynes to begin piecing together your space. As all of our kitchens are bespoke, every aspect of your design will be customised to your specifications, whether it may be custom made cabinetry or hand-painted doors. Feel free to get in touch with our team to begin discussing your project through a free quotation and site survey!

    Open Plan Kitchen

    5. Opt for only replacing kitchen worktops

    As mentioned above, we offer an excellent kitchen refurbishment service to transform your design while saving time and money. Along with replacing cabinets, another popular renovation within this service is updating worktops. This can make a massive difference to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen, whether you opt for a contemporary or more traditional look.

    At Build My Kitchen, we are lucky enough to partner with some of the leading worktop brands, from Corian and CRL Quartz to Silestone, all of which offer superior durability. Each brand stocks a range of beautifully designed worktops in an array of shades to perfectly complement your colour scheme. These worktops are highly resistant and easy to maintain, offering exceptional value for money.

    For more information on each of the worktop brands we have available, take a look at our previous article.

    Modern Kitchen Worktop

    6. Experiment with creating kitchen zones

    Should you be planning to take advantage of the open plan approach, or you already have a large, spacious kitchen diner area, why not consider creating zones? While breaking up an open plan space may seem contradictory, this will not involve walls but instead clever separation markers that clarify that each area has its own purpose. This will ensure that it does not feel as if you are constantly spending your time in the same room.

    When renovating your kitchen to incorporate zones, there will be three subtle yet hugely effective techniques; these are the following:

    • Through a kitchen island or peninsula: An island is the most common method of breaking up the space but a peninsula, which is the same as an island but with one side against the wall, is also a great idea. These will mark the end of the kitchen, making it clear that the other side is a new space.
    • Through lighting: Clever lighting not only allows you to highlight areas but also define zones. For example, a brighter, white light would be better suited to the kitchen for maximum visibility, but a softer, warm light is perfect for creating a cosy, homely dining area. Take a look at Moonbeam Lighting for 25 wonderful ideas, including the pros and cons of each.
    • Through different flooring: Laying slightly different flooring types is an excellent way of breaking up an open plan space. We would always recommend adding a flooring seam when using this approach for a more seamless transition between the two materials or colours.

    Open Plan Broken Into Zones

    Most Common Kitchen Renovation FAQs:

    When planning a kitchen renovation, there are two main questions that always come up amongst our new clients; these are:

    How much to renovate a kitchen?

    Much like any other construction project, the total price of renovating a kitchen differs based on many factors, from the size of the room to the products supplied. For our clients opting for a complete renovation, the cost is typically between £20K-£30K; this includes ripping out the old kitchen, completely reworking the design from scratch and installing the new kitchen.

    However, as touched on above, we also offer a kitchen refurbishment option that only replaces particular components and starts from just £2,000.

    Our team are always more than happy to provide a free quote based on your project specifications, so please do not hesitate to get in touch for more details.

    How long does a kitchen renovation take?

    Much like the total cost, the length of a kitchen renovation is based on the complexity of the project; however, typically, our projects take around 8 weeks from design to installation. This is based on the complete renovation of a large kitchen diner area; take a look at the 1909 in-frame shaker kitchen project we completed for an example of what can be achieved in just 8 weeks.

    Breathe A New Lease Of Life Into Your Kitchen!

    The kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home, so creating a space that not only functions well but you are also eager to spend time in is essential. With the help of our team, you can design a kitchen exclusively bespoke to your home and specifications, hand-selecting the ranges, appliances, accessories and more that bring your vision to life – it’s never been easier to create the kitchen of your dreams!

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