A kitchen renovation is one of the most important home improvements you can you make. Not only will a well-considered and impeccably finished kitchen enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your whole home, but it will also add considerable value to your property. However, it is well known that a new kitchen can be a very costly project. To ensure you get the most bang for your buck, it’s vital to know the areas where you should save and the areas where you should spend so that you can get a stylish kitchen that works for your lifestyle without completely blowing the budget. Read on for our advice.
Things You Should Splurge On
Even if you are on a limited budget, there’s certain things that you shouldn’t scrimp on. Whilst you will be able to find cheaper alternatives for the below features, these versions often won’t have the same aesthetic appeal and almost certainly won’t last as long as more premium selections.
Benchtops – One of the most important visual points of the kitchen, and the surface that ties the whole design together, it’s worth investing in the highest quality benchtops you can afford. Benchtops are subject to wear and tear on a daily basis, so it’s important that you invest in a strong material that will withstand the rigours of busy family life. A high-quality stone, marble, or quartz may set you back a bit extra, but these materials will last for many years to come and won’t chip, stain, or fade like other cheaper materials might. They also look much more luxurious!
Cabinetry – Cabinets represent another huge visual point of your kitchen and play a huge part in functionality. Spending your money on custom cabinetry is a smart idea because you can have them made to maximise the available space. This will increase your storage and ensure a sleek, seamless result with cabinetry that fits the space perfectly.
Appliances – Whether you’re a gourmet chef or a basic cook, kitchen appliances are used daily, some multiple times a day, so invest in appliances that are high-quality and energy-efficient. Premium appliances not only make your life easier, but they also look great too. It’s also important to remember that unlike cheaper versions, higher quality appliances typically come with generous warranties, so you won’t be out of pocket if something goes wrong.
Tapware – Taps and plumbing fixtures are another feature where you might want to re-consider scrimping. Whilst there are many cheap brands on the market which have a high-end look, tapware is one of those things where you get often what you pay for. If you purchase a cheap tap, it’s likely that you may encounter problems with installation, leaks, longevity, and they usually come with a minimal warranty.
Where You Can Select Cheaper Alternatives
There are many ways to save money during a kitchen renovation, let’s take a look at some of the key areas.
Lighting – Good lighting can really make your kitchen stand out and enhance the overall ambience. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on a decorative, designer pendant or the latest high-tech fittings. LED Downlights, under-cabinet lighting and strip lighting all add a sophisticated, contemporary touch yet there are many affordable versions that perform just as well as expensive brands. LED lights are a great, energy-efficient choice that will reduce your energy bills significantly too. If you do want to add a pendant as a focal point over your dining table or a series of pendants over your island bench, there are plenty of decorative lighting options at lower price points that will suit your design aesthetic, so shop around.
Cupboard Hardware – Door knobs and drawer handles are subtle details that can have a big impact on the overall style of your kitchen, but you don’t need to spend a tonne of money for a high-end look. There are many budget-friendly options that still look luxurious available at hardware stores and discount retail outlets.
Splashbacks – A splashback doesn’t necessarily need to be made from strong, high-quality materials as it’s not an area which receive a lot of direct contact. While stone and glass splashbacks are popular choices for their chic, designer aesthetic, they generally come with the designer price tag to match. Fortunately, there are more cost-effective options worth considering. Acrylic splashbacks look just like glass but are a fraction of the cost. Be aware, though, that they may not be appropriate for behind a cooktop. Tiles are an ideal alternative to glass and stone. Not only are they a lot more cost-effective, but there is an endless array of colours, shapes, and styles that can either add visual interest to your space or blend in seamlessly with its surrounds.
A kitchen renovation is a financial balancing act. Unless you are lucky enough to have an unlimited budget, it’s likely that you’ll need to compromise on the cost of some features to ensure you have the budget for the elements that you can’t go without.
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