C&G’s Guide to Renovating Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Whether you’re updating a family home or flipping an investment property, renovating can be exciting and daunting at the same time. In today’s blog, C&G discuss renovating your kitchen and bathroom, and how to get the most from your ‘wet area’ home improvements.

Kitchen Renovations

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home – but it is also a zone which can quickly show the wear and tear of heavy use. Here, we offer kitchen renovation tips for budget, mid-range and luxury spends.

Budget

Whether you’re looking to freshen a property you’ve recently bought, polish up an investment or make small changes to your forever home, budget renovations are a possibility – it’s all about being smart with your resources. Budget renovations are usually ‘partial’ renovations, in that you’re not removing every fixture and replacing it with new.

For budget kitchen renovations, look to hacks such as replacing floor tiles or installing a funky splashback. Replacing cabinet doors or painting over existing ones can give a dated kitchen an instant lift. New door handles, a fresh lick of paint, minimalist contemporary cabinet doors and some upgraded appliances can transform a tired kitchen and add instant value.

Mid-range

As a mid-range renovator, you might be looking to improve upon an investment property and sell it swiftly – or you may be giving your family home an upgrade. Mid-range renovations really are what you make of them. You’ve likely got certain goals you want to achieve in your kitchen renovation - so look for the best way to get those dream items ticked off within budget. If you’re renovating to sell, spend the majority your mid-range reno budget on things that will pique the buyer’s interest. Collaborate with your local Chisholm & Gamon estate agent to discover what is most sought-after in a kitchen from purchasers - or go for classic ‘evergreen’ finishes like island benches and marble-style benchtops.

Luxury

A luxury kitchen renovation budget – lucky you! The kitchen is your oyster, so make the most of your budget and go high end on items that really make a difference. Custom cabinetry, smart storage solutions and modern luxuries like pan drawers and tech integration make for the ultimate top-end kitchen renovation.

Bathroom Renovations

A certain tell-tale sign of a tired property is a shabby bathroom. Unfortunately, bathrooms seem to wear at a faster rate than other rooms in the house – they’re used multiple times a day and are damp, warm environments. Whether refreshing or renovating, improving your bathroom makes for a more enjoyable daily bathing experience!

Budget

A budget bathroom renovation can be simple and effective – without necessarily having to pull out the bath and the sink! Leave the layout as it is, but upgrade smaller fixtures like the shower head, and have your walls and tiles refreshed and regrouted. You can even have your bath resurfaced for far less than replacing the whole tub! New tapware, door handles and toilet roll holders can also be upgraded for a relatively low cost, giving the whole room a lift.

Mid-range

A mid-range bathroom renovation may find you making changes the layout of your bathroom – but think carefully about the value you’re building into the renovation for the extra plumbing expenses. Will doing so dramatically improve the functionality (and therefore value) of the bathroom? Your mid-range budget can help you update an older bathroom by ditching the 70s tub and installing a more modern shower cubicle, giving the whole property a more contemporary feel. Upgrade to a more stylish, spacious basin with complementary tapware for a chic designer look.

Luxury

A luxury budget gives you the opportunity to completely redesign your bathroom environment. Look to current bathroom trends to explore what’s in vogue in the moment, ensuring you keep up to date with other comparable luxury renovations. High end luxury fixtures such as double vanities, free-standing baths and separate shower cubicles give a true luxury feel. Why not go ‘all out’ with features like heated towel rails, panoramic windows for picturesque bathtime vistas, and plush underfloor heating?

If you’re looking for a property with renovation potential, browse our available homes here. For information on renovating to sell, Chisholm & Gamon’s sales agents are on hand to offer their opinion on where is best to invest your funds in a bathroom or kitchen renovation.  

Elwood

03 9531 1245
90 Ormond Road,
Elwood Vic 3184
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Black Rock

03 9589 3133
3 Bluff Road,
Black Rock Vic 3193
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Port Melbourne

03 9646 4444
1/103D Bay Street,
Port Melbourne Vic 3207
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Mount Martha

03 5974 6888
7A Bay Road
Mount Martha 3934
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