The kitchen and bathroom are two of the highest impact areas. They’re also the most expensive to renovate.
Experienced builder and director of construction and renovation company Supa Group, Matt Howard, says understanding the local market can help determine the return on investment on your kitchen reno.
“It’s about understanding what your local market is, what the expectation is and then working out what will give you bang for your buck from there,” he shares.
“For instance, if you’re in a [less expensive] market, you’re not going to sink $40k into a kitchen when local homeowners aren’t going to see the value in it. Whereas if you’re in a more premium market, like Brighton [in Victoria, for example], you’re not going to go for a cheap finish.”
While your kitchen may need an entire overhaul, you could also do aesthetic changes such as cabinet doors, handles or benchtops.
“If you’re going to do a kitchen renovation, the starting point would be benchtops,” Matt explains. “If you’ve got old, laminate benchtops, [changing them to] reconstituted stone isn’t that expensive any more.”
However, consider if you’re going to disturb any tiles in this process, whether that be on your floor or walls. If removing a bench top will cut into your splash back, Matt suggests upgrading to a simple glass variety for ease and to add a modern touch.
Furthermore, if you do want to retile the floor, you could consider a Hybrid tile. This new flooring technology from Carpet Court offers a floating floor option that doesn’t require as much of a financial or time investment as laying ceramic tile.