Small kitchen renovation ideas for optimal usability in a limited space

small kitchen renovationsThere are ways you can have a beautiful, functional kitchen, even if you only have a small space. With a bit of planning and innovative thinking, your kitchen will be small in size but big on functionality and style.

Don’t let a lack of metres stop your kitchen from being anything less than spectacular.

Start with some logical planning

Kitchens, above all, are areas that are functional. Think about what you use in your kitchen? What are non-negotiable items for you? Fridge, hob, oven, space for microwave, dishwasher and a bit of bench prep area. You need to think beyond yourself too, and consider the next owner to the home. If you’re not much of a cook, you may not think you need an oven, but the next owner of your home will.

Consider the following functionality issues:
Corners suck: If you put a dishwasher or oven in a corner, the door won’t open properly if drawers are open. Corners are really only useful for storage.

Landing space: You need space next to the cooktop, ideally both sides, as a landing area for whatever you’re cooking.

The kitchen triangle matters: There’s a concept called the kitchen triangle. The idea is that there are three primary areas: cooktop, sink and refrigerator. These three elements should form a triangle for ultimate efficiency (although in a single-wall kitchen, this is impossible). The triangle theory cuts down on wasted steps and is much more efficient to use. Nothing should come between the triangle.

Leave space for things to open: Drawers, cupboards, dishwashers and oven doors all need to open fully. Make sure any design elements or aisles are wide enough so that everything opens easily.

Keep electrics and plumbing where they are: It will save you money and time if you can keep all water, waste and electrics in the same place. If you move waste water outlets, you may be required to submit building consent.

Add design elements to make it look bigger

A small kitchen can end up pretty dark and dingy. It’s simple to avoid this though, by incorporating a few design elements.

Reflective surfaces: These give the impression of more space. Stainless steel appliances, glass splashbacks, shiny cupboard-fronts. If you have small, sticky children, anything below waist height will gain fingerprints and need regular cleaning though.

Lighting is important: While there’s often not a lot you can do to control natural lighting in a kitchen, you definitely can make the artificial lighting better. Recessed ceiling lights save space and provide brightness. Strip lights under cabinetry can provide light in dark spaces without adding bulk.

Keep the colours boring: Colour is wonderful, but in a small space, it can be pretty overwhelming and make the room look smaller. Keep it neutral, but you can add amazing design and colour elements with a splashback.

Add a breakfast bar: To remove the need for a dining table and increase bench space, incorporate a breakfast bar. It saves space and creates extra bench space for life debris, such as fruit bowls.

Buy clever fittings

There are a huge range of really clever space saving ideas. Scour the internet for ideas but think about appliances and storage in particular.

Appliances: As well as small fridges, you can get a small oven/ hob. If the house is a one bedroom place, a two-burner hob may be sufficient. Consider also a DishDrawer. You can have one or two as needed, and they open like a drawer rather than a hinged door. This can save a lot of space.

Storage: Storage options and cabinetry can be very clever. There are rotating cupboards for corner shelves, tall thin cupboards that slide out on rollers and can be stacked/ accessed from the side. There are cupboards with fronts that slide upwards to open, and a range of other design options that make your cabinetry functional and gives you more storage space.

How much does a small kitchen renovation cost?

Every kitchen is different, and you will need a customised quote from a skilled tradesman. It depends on the degree of renovation you intend to do, and if any problems are discovered as you go through the process. But the average small kitchen renovation cost in NZ is somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. If you already have appliances and keep the layout the same, the cost will reduce substantially, from $10,000 upwards.

Contact Sika Homes today

If you are looking at getting kitchen renovations on the North Shore or wider Auckland area, contact us at Sika Homes. With years of kitchen renovation experience, we know all the tricks to save space in your small kitchen, save money, and get the job done as quick as possible with minimal disruption to you.