Kitchen or bathroom renovations: which should I tackle first?

November 25, 2019

A modern and functional kitchen and bathroom will not only increase the value of your home but it will also make your life easier. Unfortunately, not all of us have the financial ability to be able to renovate both at the same time.

A kitchen is unquestionably the centre of the home and a stunning kitchen will be a great talking point. On the other hand, a well-equipped bathroom will look great and will also add functionality to your home.

Here are some things to take into consideration before deciding which room to renovate first. 

Take your budget into consideration 

The average cost of a full bathroom renovation in Melbourne is $17,500 whereas a full kitchen renovation will set you back around $20,000 for a budget renovation and approximately $40,000 for a standard renovation. 

Take into consideration how much work each room requires and how much it will cost before you decide which room to renovate.

Decide which will inconvenience you the least

Renovations can be very disruptive. Kitchen and bathroom renovations can be very inconvenient for different reasons. If you only have one bathroom you will need to find a place to shower for the duration of the renovation. If you have a gym membership you could possibly shower there but this might not be viable for the entire duration of the renovation. 

Depending on what you’re having done to your kitchen your entire kitchen might not be accessible during its restoration. If you cannot cook or store food during this time this can become very difficult. 

If you have more than one bathroom it will not inconvenience you greatly but if your kitchen is being renovated this could affect your whole living situation. During your kitchen renovation, you may be able to move your microwave to another room to cook some microwave meals. Alternatively, you can just order delivery every day, though this can get quite expensive.

Before deciding which room to renovate first you should consider which room will be the biggest inconvenience and if possible you may have to make alternate living arrangements during the renovation.

Decide which room is in more need of a facelift 

Your older bathroom or kitchen may not be using its space to its best potential. Decide which room is causing you the most discomfort before deciding which room to renovate. For example, a lot of older bathrooms have very limited cabinet space. You may also find that your older bathroom has severe mould and mildew. If this is the case with your bathroom you may want to consider renovating your bathroom first.

When it comes to your kitchen you may find that you need more bench and pantry space. You may also want to renovate your kitchen to give your home an instant makeover. Take all of this into consideration prior to choosing which room needs to be renovated first. 

Ways to save money on a renovation

You do not have to demolish and rebuild your entire bathroom or kitchen in order to renovate them. There are many shortcuts you can take when it comes to renovating your home. Here are some cost-effective ways to restore your old kitchen or bathroom:

Replace your old benchtops: If you have old laminate benchtops in your bathroom and kitchen, it can make your home look dated. You can get stone or granite cut to fit your old countertops for a fraction of the cost of a full bathroom or kitchen renovation.

Update your splashbacks: A new splashback will instantly freshen your old kitchen. For an even cheaper option, you could try to do this yourself!

Update the fixtures: Old taps, showerheads and cabinet handles can age your home. You can fix this by simply replacing these old fixtures with modern and stylish counterparts.

Paint your cabinets: Old wooden cabinets can be easily transformed with a simple coat of paint. This will be much more cost-effective than purchasing brand new cabinets. 

To summarise it is really up to you to decide which room to renovate first. Try taking all of the above points into consideration before committing to renovating a room and decide which one is within your budget first.