Kitchen Renovation 101: All You Need To Know To Renovate Your Kitchen

November 30th 2022

Kitchen Renovation 101: All You Need To Know To Renovate Your Kitchen 

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Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider – what material should you use for your kitchen cabinets? What type of countertop should you choose? How about the backsplash? And what layout will work best for your space? 

Don't worry, we're here to help! In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about renovating your kitchen. We'll talk about the different materials you can choose from, as well as the pros and cons of each one. We'll also give you some tips on how to reduce costs, and show you some different layouts that might work for your space. So whether you're just starting to plan your kitchen renovation or you're already in the middle of it, read on - your perfect kitchen awaits!

How Much Is the Current Price Range To Renovate a Kitchen in Singapore? 

Most kitchen renovations cost between S$5,000 and S$30,000. Of course, the exact price ultimately depends on the type of renovation you're looking for, as well as various other factors. A basic kitchen renovation may cost around S$5,000 to S$10,000; a mid-level renovation may cost around S$15,000 to S$20,000, and a complete renovation may cost around S$25,000 and above. 

It's important to remember that these are just rough estimates. The actual cost of your kitchen renovation will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of the kitchen, the materials you choose, and any extras you might want to add. 

What Are The Factors That Affect the Cost of a Kitchen Renovation?

When planning your kitchen renovation, there are several factors that can affect the overall cost. Some of these include: 
Size of the kitchen - A larger space will naturally require more material and labor, thus increasing the total cost. 
Style of the kitchen - Are you looking to renovate a traditional kitchen, or something more modern? The style of the kitchen can also affect the cost. For instance, a minimalistic kitchen will require fewer materials and labor, thus cutting down on the overall cost. 
Type of home - The type of home (e.g., high-rise condos, landed property, or HDB flats) can also affect the cost of a kitchen renovation, as certain types of homes may require special permits and materials. For instance, HDB flats tend to have cheaper kitchen renovation due to certain limitations and because of the layout of their kitchens.
Type of materials used - Expensive materials such as marble will naturally cost more than basic tile or laminate. This is especially important for essential kitchen features like countertops, kitchen cabinet material, and backsplash tiles. Not to worry, we will take a more detailed look at these materials later on. 
Labor costs - Different contractors charge different rates, so it's important to compare prices before making a decision. With that said, interior designers tend to be more costly than simply engaging a contractor. 
Installation costs - If you're planning to install new lighting, plumbing, or appliances, this will also add to the overall cost. 

Tips To Save on Kitchen Renovation
Now that you know the average cost of kitchen renovations and the factors that can affect it, you might be worried about your budget. Don't worry - there are several ways to save on your kitchen renovation while still attaining the dream kitchen you always wished for. Here are some of the best tips to save your kitchen renovation costs. 

Plan Ahead 
Planning your renovation carefully will help you save money in the long run. Take time to consider what you need and what you can live without. Make a list of all the items you need, such as countertops, cabinets, and appliances, so that you don't buy unnecessary items. In fact, we also recommend starting your planning process as soon as you can and planning which part of your kitchen renovation you should prioritize. 

Choose Quality Over Quantity
The saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to kitchen renovations. Investing in quality materials, such as a heat-resistant countertop or long-lasting wooden cabinets, can save you money in the long run. While saving a few bucks may seem tempting, it's best to go ahead with quality materials that will save you from costly repairs and maintenance down the line. 

DIY Wherever Possible
If you're handy with tools, then consider tackling some of the renovation tasks yourself. This can help cut costs significantly and even add a personal touch to your kitchen! However, do keep in mind that certain tasks should be left to the professionals - plumbing and electrical work is best handled by experienced contractors. After all, the last thing you want is to end up with a DIY project that ends up with you spending more money in the long term. With that said, some of the easiest and best DIY projects you can take on for your kitchen renovation include painting walls and cabinets, as well as building storage shelves.

Reuse and Re-purpose
If you're looking to cut costs, consider reusing and repurposing items. For instance, if you have an old dresser lying around that can be used as a kitchen island or some old cabinets that can be refurbished, why not give them a second life in your kitchen? Upcycling is also becoming increasingly popular and can create some unique (and cost-efficient) design elements in your kitchen. Not to mention, it is also an incredibly eco-friendly approach. 

Shop Around for Deals
Take time to shop around for deals or discounts on materials or labor costs; this can save you quite a bit of money! Online stores like Lazada or Shopee usually offer discounts on kitchen materials and appliances, so keep an eye out for such promotions. In fact, they typically offer more discounts on special occasions, such as Black Friday or 12.12 (12 December). So do keep an eye out for them to get the best deal. In terms of contractors or interior designers, you might be surprised to know that you can even get them for "cheaper deals". Specifically, they often provide kitchen renovation packages with discounts if you opt for more than one service. Not only do such packages help you save money, but it also helps you keep track of the renovation better. 

Add Accents Instead of Replacing Entire Kitchen Items 
Replacing entire kitchen items can be very costly. To cut down on costs, try adding accents instead! For instance, you can replace cabinet handles and knobs or apply wallpapers to existing kitchen cabinets. You would be surprised at how much of an impact slight changes can make. Alternatively, opting for cheaper kitchen backsplash tiles can also make a big difference. 

Use Your Existing Kitchen Layout
You don't necessarily have to tear down the entire kitchen just to create more space. Sometimes, simply relocating appliances and furniture can open up a lot of room in your kitchen. So before you start tearing down walls or replacing appliances, consider rearranging them in such a way that it would maximize your existing space. At the same time, making changes to your kitchen layout can also be extremely costly. As such, it is best to play to the strengths of your current kitchen and merely enhance it rather than start anew. 

Which Kitchen Layout Should You Consider?
Beyond just ways to reduce your renovation costs, it is time to get into the more serious decisions - choosing your kitchen layout. Of course, if you would love to save costs, we recommend keeping your kitchen layout as it is. However, if you are thinking to change your kitchen layout to add comfort, convenience, functionality, or perhaps spaciousness - here are 5 popular kitchen layouts you can consider.

L-shaped Kitchen Layout

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The classic "L" shape is the most popular (and most effective) layout to use in any kitchen, big or small. This setup allows for two counters and at least one wall of storage to be used for cabinetry and appliances. 

The beauty of this design is that it keeps the cook from being too far away from any wall-mounted appliances or storage, while at the same time having plenty of room to move around. Additionally, with its layout versatility, you can place your ovens, sinks, and refrigerators wherever is most convenient for you. There are also numerous possibilities when it comes to adding an island counter. Thus, an "L" shaped kitchen is a great option if you are looking to maximize your space or looking for an open-concept kitchen. 

However, if you are looking for a kitchen that can cater to multiple cooks, an "L" shaped kitchen may not be the best choice. With the restricted space, too many hands at work can make the kitchen area difficult to navigate. 

U-shaped Kitchen Layout 
 

Source: ABJ Kitchens

If you are looking for more coverage in your kitchen and plenty of counter space and storage options, then a U-shaped layout might be just what you need. This setup typically involves three walls of cabinets and appliances, forming a U-shape. 

Not only does this provide plenty of storage options, but also allows multiple people to be in the kitchen at once without crashing into each other. And unlike the previous L-shaped kitchen layout, the U-shaped kitchen layout allows you to cook with many other cooks. 

With that said, U-shaped kitchens are also not perfect. The downside of a U-shaped kitchen layout is that it can often feel cramped. Additionally, this layout can also be more costly to install since you would need more cabinets and countertops. Thus, if you do not plan on having multiple people in the kitchen at once or are tight on budget, then a U-shaped kitchen might not be for you. 
G-shaped Kitchen Layout 
 

Source: Oyester Homes 

For those who are looking for an even larger kitchen workspace, a G-shaped layout is a way to go. This setup usually consists of four walls with appliances and storage cabinets, creating a “g” shape when combined. 

With plenty of counter space and storage area, this kitchen layout is ideal for those who want to maximize their cooking experience. This is especially true if you are an avid home cook or enjoy having multiple people in the kitchen at once. Additionally, some may also opt for a G-shaped kitchen as it allows for more room for experimentation with the setup. From adding a kitchen island to connecting it with an open-concept living area and more - the possibilities are endless. 

However, G-shaped kitchens have the same downside as U-shaped ones; they can be quite costly to install. Additionally, this layout may also make small kitchens feel a bit too cramped. Not to mention, its complicated layout requires in-depth planning when it comes to figuring out where to put the sinks, cookers, and other appliances - especially since there are more corner constraints involved. Thus, if you are working with a tight budget or limited kitchen space, G-shaped kitchens may not be ideal. 
One-Wall Kitchen Layout

Source: Hunker

If you have a small kitchen or are looking for something simpler, then the one-wall kitchen layout may be the right choice for you. In fact, as you can see from the kitchen above - a one-wall kitchen can still look pretty amazing. 

This layout typically consists of a single wall that houses all the cabinets, appliances, and sinks in one area. In fact, they are perfect for small apartments or homes since they require minimal space to install. 

Additionally, this type of kitchen is quite affordable as it requires fewer materials and labor costs. At the same time, one-wall kitchens are also quite versatile as you can opt for a variety of design options. For instance, you can choose to have all the cabinets and appliances on one side. Moreover, this kitchen layout is perfect if you are looking for a quick remodel as it does not require too much work. 

On the other hand, one-wall kitchens can also be impractical in certain situations. For instance, this layout tends to limit your storage and counter space options significantly. Additionally, it also makes cooking more difficult if you have multiple people in the kitchen at once. And lastly, there is not too much room for experimenting with the layout. Thus, if you are looking for a kitchen that offers more cooking and storage options, then a one-wall kitchen might not be ideal. 

The Island Kitchen Layout
 

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Finally, if you are looking for a more open and versatile kitchen layout, then an island kitchen may be the best choice. This setup typically consists of two to three walls with a large island in the middle that houses all your appliances and cabinets. 

As such, it is ideal for those who enjoy cooking with multiple people at once as the island provides a great focal point to gather around. Moreover, this type of kitchen also allows for more storage space as you can easily add additional cabinets or drawers on the island itself. An island kitchen can also be quite stylish and modern depending on how it is designed. In fact, here is a tip for island kitchen layouts - you can opt for a customized island table with hidden storage spaces or cabinets if you are looking for something unique, stylish, and functional. 

Alternatively, just like the kitchen above, you can make use of a multi-functional island table! Be it doubling as a seating area, more storage area, or perhaps even as a statement piece - the choices are endless. 

However, there are also a few drawbacks to consider. Just like the G-shaped kitchen, this type of layout can be more expensive and labor-intensive compared to other setups. Additionally, island kitchens also require more space than other kitchen layouts so it may not be practical for smaller areas. Lastly, its open-concept design can make it harder to keep the kitchen clean without proper organization and upkeep. 

What Kitchen Cabinet Material Should You Choose? 

When it comes to kitchen renovations, another critical decision you need to make is the material of your kitchen cabinet. After all, the material you choose will determine the overall look and feel of your kitchen. As such, it is important to take into consideration factors such as durability, aesthetics, maintenance, and cost when selecting a material for your cabinets. 
And yet, with so many types of materials out there, it can be difficult to pick the "right" one for your kitchen. Not to worry, here are some of the most popular kitchen cabinet materials and their pros and cons. 

Laminate


Source: Central Valley Industries

One of the most popular materials used for kitchen cabinets in Singapore is laminates. Laminates are usually made from plastic, resin, or paper layers glued together with melamine or other glue-like substances. 

This type of material is often seen in budget-friendly kitchen cabinets since it is relatively affordable compared to other materials such as wood or metal. Additionally, laminates are also easy to clean and maintain, making them an ideal choice for busy households. But the best part of laminate kitchen cabinets is the high customizability - where you can choose from a wide range of colors and textures. In fact, the image above showcases just some of the many looks you can pick from using laminate as your kitchen cabinet material. 

On the other hand, laminate kitchen cabinets tend to be less durable compared to other materials as they can easily chip or crack over time. Furthermore, this type of material is also not very heat or water-resistant so you will need to take extra precautions when cleaning your cabinets. As such, laminate kitchen cabinets are best suited for those who want a budget-friendly yet stylish and easy-to-maintain kitchen setup. 

Hardwood

Source: ADPRO

For many people, nothing quite beats the timeless classic look of wooden kitchen cabinets. Hard wood is one of the oldest and most popular types of materials used for kitchen cabinets and it is not hard to see why. 

Hardwood is known for its strength, durability, natural beauty, and customizability - you can choose from a variety of different types of wood such as oak, maple, cherry or mahogany to create the perfect look for your kitchen. 

Additionally, solid wood kitchen cabinets are also relatively easy to maintain as you can simply wipe them down with a damp cloth. 

But do note that wooden kitchen cabinets come at a higher price point compared to laminates and other materials. In addition, they require more care and upkeep as they may warp or crack over time if not properly treated. 

As such, solid wood kitchen cabinets are best suited for those who want to create a classic yet sophisticated look in their kitchen without compromising on durability and strength. 

Plywood

Source: Singapore Kitchen Cabinets

Although not as popular as hardwood, plywood is another option when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Plywood is a type of engineered wood made from thin layers of wood veneer glued together. This material is very strong and durable, making it an ideal choice for kitchen cabinets. Additionally, it is also relatively affordable compared to other types of wood materials and offers a good amount of customizability as you can choose from a wide range of colours and finishes. 

However, plywood kitchen cabinets are not the most heat-resistant so extra care should be taken when cleaning them. Furthermore, they generally require more maintenance compared to other materials since they may start to peel or warp over time. As such, plywood kitchen cabinets are best suited for those who want a strong and durable material without breaking the bank. 
Particleboard

Source: Singapore Kitchen Cabinets

Particleboard is another popular material used for kitchen cabinets in Singapore. As the name suggests, particleboard is made from small wood particles and sawdust that are compressed together to form a solid board. This type of material has many advantages - it is relatively affordable, lightweight yet strong, and can be easily cut and shaped. In fact, they are about 10 to 20% cheaper than plywood. Additionally, particleboard is also quite water-resistant so you don't have to worry about your kitchen cabinets getting damaged by spills. 

However, particleboard kitchen cabinets are not the most durable as compared to other wooden materials. This is because they may start to warp or crumble over time if not taken care of properly. Additionally, this type of material is also more prone to dents and scratches compared to other materials. As such, particleboard kitchen cabinets are best suited for those who want an affordable yet lightweight material that can easily be customized. 

Stainless Steel 

Source: ADPRO

If you're looking for something more modern and sleek, stainless steel kitchen cabinets are a great option. As the name suggests, this type of material is made from stainless steel sheets that are bent and formed into various cabinet shapes. Compared to wood materials, stainless steel is extremely durable and heat-resistant so it can easily withstand hot pans and other kitchen utensils that you may use. Additionally, stainless steel is also relatively easy to clean as all you need to do is wipe it down with a damp cloth. 

However, do note that stainless steel kitchen cabinets come at a higher price point compared to other materials. Furthermore, they are not the most customizable and may not be able to fit all types of kitchen designs. As such, stainless steel kitchen cabinets are best suited for those who want a sleek and modern look without compromising on durability. 

What Kitchen Countertop Should I Choose? 

When it comes to kitchen countertops, there are several materials you can choose from. Some of the most popular options include granite, marble, quartz, and laminate. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages so it's important to consider your budget, lifestyle and design preferences when making a decision. 

Granite

Source: Home and Decor

Granite is strong and durable but may require more maintenance compared to other materials. It is also heat-resistant, so your kitchen countertop won't be affected by hot pots and pans. Additionally, granite comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, allowing you to easily find one that fits your kitchen style. However, it's important to note that granite is quite expensive compared to other materials. Furthermore, it is also quite heavy so you may need additional support when installing it. 

Marble 

Source: The New York Times

Marble countertops are aesthetically pleasing and perfect for those who want a timeless yet elegant look in their kitchen. It comes in a variety of colours and patterns, making it easy to find one that matches your kitchen design. For instance, you can opt for a cleaner and whiter marbled countertop like the kitchen above. Additionally, marble is heat-resistant and relatively easy to clean. Not to mention, marble can stand the test of time and serve as a beautiful statement piece in your home.

However, do note that marble can be quite expensive compared to other countertop materials. It is also more prone to staining and scratching so you may need to seal it regularly for better protection. As such, marble countertops are best suited for those who want an elegant and timeless look without compromising on their budget. 

Quartz

Source: Kitchen Magic 

Quartz countertops are a great option for those who want a durable yet low-maintenance material. It is made from engineered particles and resin, giving it the ability to resist scratches, heat and bacteria. 

Quartz also comes in a wide range of colours so you can easily find one that fits your kitchen style. Best of all, it is also one of the most affordable countertop materials available so you don't have to break the bank when installing it. 
Not to mention, they can achieve the appearance of natural stones like granite or marble without any worries regarding durability because they are man-made.

However, do note that quartz countertops are not as heat-resistant as granite or marble and may be prone to staining if liquids are left on them for too long. As such, quartz countertops are best suited for those who want a low-maintenance kitchen countertop material that won't break the bank. 

Laminate 

Source: Central Valley Industries

Laminate is an excellent choice for those who want to add colour and pattern to their kitchen without breaking the bank. It is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, so you won't have any trouble finding one that fits your kitchen style. Furthermore, laminate countertops are also relatively easy to clean and don't require much maintenance. 

However, do note that laminate is not as durable as other countertop materials and may be prone to staining if liquids are left on it for too long. 

Additionally, laminate is also not heat-resistant so your countertop may be affected by hot pots and pans. As such, laminate countertops are best suited for those who want a low-maintenance material that won't break the bank. 

What Kitchen Backsplash Tiles Should I Choose? 

When it comes to kitchen renovations, you might be wondering about what kitchen backsplash tiles you should pick. After all, not only can they add aesthetic appeal to your kitchen, but they can also enhance the functionality of your kitchen. 

Ranging from tiles to quartz, the endless choices ensure you can definitely find one that fits your needs and preferences. 

As such, we will be taking a closer look at some of the more popular types of kitchen backsplash tiles in Singapore, so you can pick the right one for you. 

Mosaic Tiles

Source: Remodel Works

Mosaic tiles are an excellent option for those who want to add a pop of colour and pattern to their kitchen. 

They come in a wide range of colours, shapes, sizes and textures so you can easily find one that fits your needs. 

For instance, the image above showcases how beautiful and unique mosaic backsplash tiles look in a kitchen. Best of all, they are also relatively affordable compared to other types of backsplash tiles materials. 

However, do note that mosaic tiles are relatively thin and may be prone to water damage if they aren't sealed properly. As such, you should use a sealant or grout sealer if you're planning on installing them in your kitchen. 

Additionally, the small grooves between each tile may also make maintenance challenging so you should clean them.

Subway Tiles

Source: Real Simple

Subway tiles are a great option for those who want an elegant and timeless look without compromising on their budget. They come in various sizes, shapes and colours so you can easily find one that fits your kitchen style. 

Furthermore, subway tiles are also easy to clean due to the flat surfaces of each tile. Not to mention, they are also durable and heat-resistant so you won't have to worry about them being damaged by hot pots and pans. There are four different ways to arrange subway tiles: the traditional staggered stack, the chevron pattern, the herringbone pattern, and the vertical stack.

However, do note that subway tiles may be prone to water damage if they aren't sealed properly. As such, you should use a sealant or grout sealer if you're planning on installing them in your kitchen. 

Additionally, the small grooves between each tile may also make maintenance challenging so you should clean them regularly. 

Glass Tiles 

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Glass tiles are a great option for those who want to add some colour and texture to their kitchen without compromising on their budget. They come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes so you can easily find one that fits your kitchen style. 

Best of all, they are also relatively durable and heat-resistant so you won't have to worry about them being damaged by hot pots and pans. Furthermore, glass tiles also offer a degree of translucency which can help to create interesting lighting effects in your kitchen. 

Because they are non-porous and stain-resistant, glass tiles are perfect for kitchen backsplashes- so you can keep your kitchen bacteria and germ-free. 

However, do note that glass tiles can be tricky to install. In fact, while glass tiles might be extremely durable once installed, they are delicate in their raw form. The majority of homeowners are not good candidates for DIY installations of glass-tile backsplashes. Instead, it's best to leave the installation of glass tiles to a professional in order to avoid any damage. 
KompacPlus

Source: Lookbox Living

KompacPlus is a great option for those who want a modern and luxurious look in their kitchen. It is made from high-pressure laminate, making it highly durable and heat resistant. Moreover, it also comes with an anti-bacterial coating which makes it perfect for any kitchen. The seamless finish of KompacPlus gives your kitchen a unique and stylish look. Plus, it is also easy to clean and maintain- so you don't have to worry about bacteria building up on the surface.

With that said, KompacPlus typically has much less customizability and design to pick from (as compared to other types of materials). At the same time, KompacPlus is also not entirely heat-resistant, so the direct application of hot cookware may cause it to discolour. 

As such, you should take extra caution when using hot pots and pans in your kitchen. In addition, KompacPlus can be more expensive than other types of backsplash material- so you should consider whether the price is right for the design you want. 

Conclusion

You’ve made it to the end of this Kitchen Renovation 101 module! In this article, we’ve answered the biggest questions pertaining to kitchen renovation, namely:
- How much is the current price range to renovate a kitchen in Singapore?
- What are the factors that affect the cost of a kitchen renovation?
- What are some tips to save on kitchen renovation?
- Which kitchen layout should you consider?
- What kitchen cabinet material should you choose? 
- What kitchen countertop should I choose? 
- What kitchen backsplash tiles should I choose?

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