Kitchen Renovation – How to Keep Costs Down
If you are planning to replace your kitchen, there are a number of different costs that you will need to factor into your budget. A kitchen renovation can be an expensive task once materials and labour have been accounted for, but there are ways to save without cutting corners. Our guide has been compiled to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams – whatever the size of your budget.
Re-Use and Recycle
If you are planning a complete kitchen renovation, consider salvaging components from the old design. Re-using high-quality cabinet carcasses can be an excellent way to save on costs. As they are hidden, light signs of wear and tear will not matter as much, and more visible indications of usage at the end of cabinet runs can be masked with inexpensive end panels. A recent customer question of the week asked about repainting cabinet frontals which is another great way to reduce expenses. All our cabinet frontals are available separately, which means you are able to select and purchase only the items that you require.
Removing old worktops carefully to re-use them is another way to reduce costs, but this is only suitable if the same kitchen layout is going to be used. If you are getting rid of quality items that have been well looked after but do not fit in with your new designs, reselling them could also be an option. The amount you get will depend on the quality of the items you have available and the demand for them, but you may be surprised – so it could be worth considering before you put your old kitchen into a skip.
Knowing Where to Invest
Selecting cheaper options now may seem thrifty, but could cost you more down the line. Choosing higher-quality components may be more immediately expensive, but inferior products tend to wear out sooner, meaning that you’ll need to invest in new kitchen components after a shorter time period. Solid wood kitchen cabinets are a wise investment to make, as they are sturdy and hardwearing, and built to last. Small damages may be repairable and solid wood is easy to repaint (as we mentioned in the guide linked above), unlike vinyl or MDF options – which means when oak cabinets do need updating, replacement is not the only option.
For those able to carry out the physical labour of fitting a kitchen, this is a great money saver. If you are looking at having your kitchen fitted, however, don’t be tempted to go for the cheapest option without full consideration. The best way to ensure you are getting value for money is to use a fitter or carpenter who has been recommended to you. If this is not possible, ask to see previous work when you obtain different quotes. It may not end up being the cheapest option, but making sure your kitchen is fitted well by a professional will mean it lasts for as long as possible – so don’t be afraid of spending more for a good job.
There are a number of ways to reduce expenditure when undertaking a kitchen renovation and we hope our guide has given you some ideas of ways to save. If there are any we have missed, get in touch on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!