A new kitchen can be pricey, a lot pricier than homeowners often expect. You’ve probably dreamed of the perfect kitchen with all the trimmings but when receiving the final quote you’ve realized that it’s just not affordable.
There’s no need to be disheartened, you may still be able to achieve your ultimate kitchen goal without breaking the bank. With just a little bit of clever planning, you can easily cut costs when designing and implementing your ideal kitchen.
Reuse what you already have
If you really want to save money when refurbishing your kitchen, reusing materials from your old kitchen or other areas of your home is a great place to start.
With a bit of work the remains of an old kitchen can be reused and look as good as new. Having your old worktops recut by professional CNC cutting service rather than replacing them with brand new ones can save you hundreds of pounds and there are plenty of ways you can upcycle old furniture and cabinets.
A few other ways you could refresh your kitchen by using what you already have are:
- give your existing cabinets a new lick of paint
- replace cabinet handles to create a different look
- replace your old sink tap to change the feel of the kitchen
Pick fittings selectively
If it’s not feasible to totally revamp your whole kitchen with brand new top quality bespoke units then you could just splash out on one statement area and then hold back on others.
If your worktops are most important to you then put more investment into getting the shiny worktops you’ve always wanted and go more basic with the cabinets. Or, create a central feature such as a kitchen island and then choose cheaper units or worktops for the rest of the kitchen.
Work with the space you’ve got
Extending or knocking through walls to create more space can significantly increase the cost of renovating your kitchen. Working with the space you’ve already got isn’t the end of the world and means that you can spend a bit more on the furnishings and units to make sure your updated kitchen looks top quality.
Moving utility meters and other services such as your sink, dishwasher and cooker can also increase costs. If you want to reduce outgoings it’s advised that you avoid altering the orientation of the kitchen as then there will be no need for additional electrical, gas and plumbing work.
Other ways you can update your kitchen using the space you already have are:
- replace just cupboard doors
- invest in some fresh flooring
- add new shelving and improve kitchen storage
- create a feature wall
- liven up your theme with new, fun accessories
- install new lighting fixtures
Do the work yourself
About £1,500 - £2,000 can be added onto the cost of your kitchen purely for installation. You can easily cut this extra cost by installing the kitchen yourself. You may be screaming ‘How am I meant to do that?’ but it’s not as hard as it may seem. Any medium skilled DIYer should be capable of installing kitchen units and doors from flatpack with accurate instructions.
Sell old materials
If you’ve decided you want to completely refresh your kitchen as the old one isn’t to your taste anymore this doesn’t mean it should be thrown away. If it’s still in reasonably good condition and you’re not going to reuse the materials then you could try to sell them.
Doors, units, radiators and worktops that are still useable are often in high demand and so before throwing it straight out to the scrap heap consider selling these materials on eBay and getting a bit of extra money to spend towards your new kitchen.