Having recently moved we are on the hunt for a new kitchen, after all I spend most of my time in that room of the house, but with a new kitchen usually comes a huge price tag. Here are my top tips on how you can give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank.
Cut out the middleman
Fancy kitchen showrooms are very appealing but it is easy to forget you pay a premium for that glitzy lighting and troupe of sales people. Instead workout your design and then go direct to a manufacturer such as Kitchen Warehouse who can supply you quality kitchen cabinets and accessories without the markup. Unless you happen to be a kitchen fitter yourself make sure you employ a professional to fit your kitchen to ensure a top quality finish.
Don't replace, simply reface
If your kitchen design is working for you and the cupboards are solid why not simply update your cupboard doors and draw fronts for a fresh, new look. Amazingly this can save you around 80% on the price of a new kitchen plus it is far less upheaval and mess. Replacement kitchen doors are easy to source and all you need to do is measure your currents doors, select your style and colour and order.
Buy your own appliances
Don't buy your appliances from the same place you buy your kitchen. The sales people will have to add on mark up. Shop around the internet and find the best deals and have them delivered to you direct. And also keep energy efficiency in mind.
Be savvy with your design
A little forward planning with your kitchen design can save you hundreds. Keeping the location of your appliances and sinks to avoid the costs of tradespeople moving the electrics and gas to new locations. Also if your current flooring is fine then keep your kitchen the same footprint so you won't need to worry about replacing a perfectly good floor or the stress of patching in new tiles to fill the new gaps.
Check out my other home decor posts for more inspiration
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