Kitchen refurbishment often costs a lot of money, but there are many things you can do to make sure you can pay for your kitchen without having to sacrifice paying for all the food inside it.
- Try New Accessories
If you really want to do something big on the cheap, don’t underestimate the details. Consider all the kitchen accessories you want in your dream kitchen and buy those before you invest in an expensive refit.
If you manage to match your storage units, kettle, toaster, cutlery, biscuit tins and all your other bits and bobs first, you might find that your kitchen only needs a few more licks of paint to look brand new. It’s quite surprising how a few quirky details can make all the difference.
Worst case scenario; if you still feel your kitchen still needs a lot of work, at least you have all the accessories ready.
- Be Prepared to Make Compromises
There’s a big difference between cutting corners and making compromises. Cutting corners means missing out vital steps in a plan. Making compromises means altering the plan — and the end result — so that certain steps aren’t needed.
If your aim is to stick to a certain budget, you might need to accept that some aspects of your kitchen will end up looking different to your original plan. If your aim is to get the exact kitchen you wanted, you may have to spend more. Both of those are compromises.
The key to all of this is being prepared. If you’re forced to make compromises mid-project without expecting it, you might end up making a decision you regret. However, if you are armed with research and knowledge about what you want, then you will be able to roll with the punches a lot better. Prepare for the expected and expect the unexpected.
- Assess Your Abilities
Kitchen refurbishment is filled with jobs that you can easily do yourself and jobs which will definitely require an expert. Anyone with a basic grasp of DIY can fit new cabinet doors, put up shelves, change the curtains or blinds, or paint the walls. Just as with the accessories, do the stuff you can do yourself first. You might find that this is a transformation enough and you’ll be glad that you didn’t dive headfirst into spending money you didn’t need to spend.
When it comes to the more complicated stuff, don’t get too cocky. Fitting a new dishwasher, a new oven, a new sink, or fixing your kitchen plumbing; these are not jobs for a casual DIY-lover to try out on a Sunday. These types of kitchen refurbishment jobs require professionals. You might be able to save a bit of money if you do it yourself, but it’s a gamble. In fact, you may well end up spending more fixing something you’ve done wrong than it would have cost to get a local tradesman in to begin with.
- Keep It Functional
Kitchens are for cooking and, while that sounds obvious now, it’s remarkably easy to forget the day-to-day practicalities of the end result when you’re five days into a massive kitchen redesign. A stylish kitchen is important, but a stylish kitchen is completely useless if you can’t make pancakes in it.
What will cooking in this kitchen be like? This is a question you need to ask yourself time and time again as your renovate. Of course, it’s also important to be true to yourself. That is to say, if you’re not exactly the cooking type, you should be asking yourself some very different questions…
What will drinking coffee in this kitchen be like? What will hosting get-togethers in this kitchen be like? What will reheating takeaway in this kitchen be like? These might sound like abstract things to consider when you’re midway through painting your doors, but they won’t be abstract when the kitchen is done and you have to use it every day.
5. Think of The Final Product
Asking yourself questions is important for functionality, but it’s also important in general. You should always bear in mind what your kitchen will look like when it’s done.
Not only will this help you when budget constraints mean making a last minute change, but it will also help to motivate you towards your end goal: a beautiful and easy-to-use kitchen without the enormous price tag.