Updating your Kitchen


Close friends of mine recently asked me for some advice on updating their kitchen and it was not until I started thinking about it that it soon became apparent that it could be a minefield to the average layman.
The kitchen is increasingly becoming the hub and social space of the home and many people are reconstructing the huddle of rooms which were once the kitchen, dining room and utility into one large, light living space.
Some are going even further by opening the room up into the garden and using glass walls and roof lights to maximise the light.
Those who like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen or have families will be keen to have a practical and functional kitchen, which may require a large area for dining and entertaining.

If space permits consider creating a different area at one end for relaxing – use book shelves, comfortable chairs, different lighting and flooring to create the right mood.
Most of us are working to a budget and may rightly want to save money by doing as much of the updating ourselves but there are some jobs where you will need the professionals:

Supporting walls
More and more people are deciding to enlarge their kitchen space by removing walls and joining rooms together but don’t attempt to knock down walls yourself - if it is a supporting wall it will need to be replaced with a lintels. Even if it is not a supporting wall it might be giving lateral stability to an adjoining wall.

If you need any plastering work done, don't skimp on this – it’s worth spending a few extra euro’s on a professional to achieve an excellent finish.

This is a tricky job and although makeover programmes make it look easy it can look terrible if it is done badly. If you are replacing the flooring consider installing under floor heating, this has the advantage of not taking up valuable wall space, it is quite expensive to install and economical to run.

Tiling is difficult and time consuming, it is one of the most visible areas of the kitchen and done badly can ruin your new look. In a nutshell, you do not need to spend a fortune on tiles, there is little difference in tiles costing 10 euro’s a square metre from tiles costing 40 euro’s a square metre, in most cases however, you should spend a little extra on getting the right man for the job.

Gas and electrics
Moving or changing utility points (water, gas and electrical) will add to the cost of any project; again, make sure you use a competent plumber and electrical contractor.

It is always a shame to see a very beautiful and expensive kitchen being let down by the quality of workmanship that surrounds it.

John Phillips (F.I.A.S. F.A.B.E. M.I.B.C.O. F.F.B. M.R.S.H. C.M.W.O.B.O. M.B.I.M)
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