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Common costly mistakes to avoid when renovating your kitchen

Kitchen revamps are a great way to add value, style and functionality to your home. Side step the unexpected budget blowout by avoiding these common mistakes.


Whether you’re looking at a basic revamp or a full demolish and replace job, kitchen renovations are a great example of the old adage – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. While most mistakes can be fixed, it usually comes with a cost blowout; and sometimes a significant one. Here’s how to avoid an expensive mistake.

Not thinking of it as a long-term upgrade

While it’s wise to save dollars where we can, it is important to understand kitchens get a lot of wear and tear, being the hub of most homes and the space that does a lot of the heavy lifting. This means skimping out on prep surfaces, cupboard space and the quality of appliances can wind up costing you more courtesy of more frequent maintenance and repairs, having to replace them sooner and not adding as much value to your home. Along the same lines, plan for timeless over trendy when it comes to your big ticket items.

DIY-ing the design stage

Saving money by coming up with your own design can wind up costing you far more than it saves – experts know what works, and what doesn’t, and will maximise the use of your space according to your specific usage.

DIY designers often fall into the mistake of choosing benches that are too narrow, cupboards that are too low, designing in a lack of space on either side of oven or hotplates, says David McCrae, Principal Architect with MM + J Architects Pty Ltd. “A professional will also ensure the most functional use of the space, ensuring the refrigerator, sink and cooking appliances form an easy triangle,” he says.

Sticking with the same

Innovation is the name of the game when it comes to kitchen appliances, so it’s worth at least a weekend exploring what’s new and appealing when it comes to cooktops, ovens, refrigeration, and dishwashers (self-cleaning oven, anyone?). It’s generally cheaper to install new gas, electric and water points while you’re renovating, so it’s the ideal time to upgrade.

Not considering the existing services

Upgrading your cooktop or doubling the number of appliances requiring power may mean your circuitry will no longer suffice. Changing from gas to electric (or vice versa) or adding or moving appliances such as dishwashers also means you’ll need to factor the cost of professional installers into your budget.

Neglecting the lighting

A drastic change of layout can render your current lighting less illuminating, or if your kitchen hasn’t been remodelled in many years, it may benefit from a lighting overhaul anyway. Lighting has become far more energy efficient in the last decade, with far more advanced design options on the market – some with very affordable price tags and minimal work. Just remember to ask an expert to check your current wiring is up to the job.

Don’t take a sample size at face value

Sample size swatches are great to get started on coordinating wall colours, benchtops, cabinetry, flooring, appliances and splashbacks, but try to borrow a larger swatch from your suppliers and place them in the space before proceeding. Standard sized won’t always give you an accurate idea of how various surfaces will look together on the finished scale – and while your benchtop and flooring cards might look like a perfect match in miniature, they may clash horribly in full scale and neither are cheap to replace.

When it comes to avoiding costly mistakes on your kitchen renovation, your best bet is to talk to people in the know. An ASKO product specialist is always prepared to answer any questions you have (bring a list if you’re worried you’ll forget!).

Come prepared with a clear idea of how you use your kitchen and what special features you’ll make the most of, and have fun creating a functional, fun space you’ll use for years to come.