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You bought a new home and might be considering a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry renovation

Wondering which should you start with first? Choosing to renovate your kitchen or bathroom can make a tremendous difference to your daily life, so you need be sure you’re making the right decision when making such a home-altering investment that suits your needs.

Renovating your kitchen and bathroom can be both challenging and expensive, yet both can be a wise investment – especially if you’re looking to sell your property. A kitchen renovation in Kellyville can not only increase your property’s value but also make it more appealing to potential buyers.

On the other hand, if you do not intend on selling, you might consider splashing by renovating your kitchen and bathroom instead. This can add a touch of luxury to your home, and provides a soothing sanctuary to retreat to during the renovation process of your kitchen.

However, before you decide to renovate your kitchen and bathroom, there are some things you ought to know before you tackle your home improvement projects.

Time and Cost

While most building contractors will do their best to honour their proposed timeframe and the quoted price, it is very rare that a renovation project will be completed on time and within budget. With COVID-19 now also significantly affecting all industries, duration and cost are factors that are almost impossible to adhere to during the current climate.

As a rule of thumb, kitchens tend to be more involved than bathroom renovations, which usually means a higher overall project cost. For example, a complete kitchen renovation in Cherrybrook would cost an average of around $20,000 – not including the cost of take-out meals while your kitchen is out of action during the renovation.

Time-wise, you’re usually looking at anywhere between six and eight weeks if you’re having all new cabinetry and appliances installed. This of course depends on the complexity of your project.

Thankfully, a complete bathroom renovation is often a little less pricey – provided you have an experienced project manager, you can have a newly renovated bathroom for around $17,000, and in as little as two or three weeks.

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When to it’s best to spend more

Most renovation projects revolve around some sort of theme, and in turn, this theme typically revolves around a centrepiece integral to the project. This is often something you might spend a little more on than initially planned, but usually adds a little panache to your room and brings the whole thing together.

In your kitchen, this could be bespoke cabinetry, or perhaps an elaborate marble, stone, or composite benchtop. While it may be tempting to go overboard with such features if you have a little extra cash left over, it’s usually best to avoid overcrowding your kitchen. Instead, you should let the available space and light guide your design.

As your bathroom is likely to be smaller in size, it will invariably be only able to comfortably accommodate one or two feature pieces. This could be a custom vanity unit, unique stylish tiles, or statement tapware to add a dash of personalisation to your bathroom renovation.

While gold baths may look incredible in the movies or on TV, they are usually only there to provide shock value and rarely add value to a ‘real’ home. It’s often best to avoid over-lighting your bathroom and instead focus on making space the overall feature to help create a calm and soothing environment.