By Richard Armstrong, director The Makeover Group
As key rooms, kitchens and bathrooms strongly influence your home’s look and feel. That means taking the time to get them right will dramatically improve your renovation’s success.
So how can you make sure your get the kitchen/bathroom you want? Or, more precisely, how can you ensure the design fulfils your needs and that your builder will faithfully follow the design?
We’ve all heard the dinner party horror stories of renovations drifting off course, late delivery, grumpy builders and defective work.
This case study illustrates the best practice approach to manage the issues your home renovation can often bring.
A Clifton Hill home owner had a sense of how they wanted their home to be and achieved their ideal renovation by following a tried and true design/construction process that minimises the risks of things going awry.
There are a number of key steps to take that will ensure a successful renovation. We outline the process below, highlighting the main points for each step.
- Scope & Design Planning
Two academics, the clients had recently purchased the two bedroom single fronted terrace and wanted to update the entire home to reflect their tastes and preferences. They foresaw the home’s potential before they bought it and chose to update it from front to back.
Both are passionate foodies who enjoy cooking south and south East Asian dishes. They wanted a kitchen where they could entertain friends, cooking curries, stir-fries, Asian BBQ style dishes, and the like. (This is important because it informed the designers brief about kitchen layout)
They wanted a kitchen with quite a wish list despite its smaller size. The budget for the kitchen component of the renovation was $34k.
- Summary Design & 3D computer generated renders
After discussing how they would to use their home, the summary design and 3D renders allowed the client to actually see the layout of their new kitchen (plus bathroom).
The client could visualise what these rooms would look like from different views – something not easily done with plans alone.
Importantly, it showed that they were able to fit all the functionality they needed without sacrificing on space.
- Final client selections
From there, the client was able to apply the finishing touches to the design, selecting the appliances, fittings and finishes. These were all then featured in another round of 3D renders to give the client a final view of how their renovation would look – vinyl wrap panels, stainless steel (quality) appliances, decorative tiles, composite stone bench tops with a hint of minimalism.
- Demolition & Renovation
Once selections were finalised, demolition began. Removing the old kitchen and roughing in new plumbing and circuits to facilitate the new design got underway.
Cabinetry was crafted, concurrently, off site, enabling it to be installed in a few days, and then the flooring was laid as the clients’ bench tops were manufactured.
- Fit Off & Finish
When the bench tops were in place, splashback tiling was done and the electrician/plumber fitted the appliances, taps and sink. The final touch was to clean the kitchen until it shone, ready for the client to move in.
As you can see from the sequence of steps and images, delivering a final product that met the clients’ needs is really about using a proven approach to apply the right people with the right skillsets at each stage throughout the project.
It is also important to have series of quality checkpoints throughout the whole process to keep things on track – and faithful to your original requirements.
About the author
Author Richard Armstrong is a Director of The Makeover Group. Educated in interior design and property valuation, he is also a Registered Building Practitioner whose company has delivered hundreds of inner metro home renovations.
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