Planning a kitchen remodel? Then you’ve (hopefully) worked out those new kitchen costs to ensure your new culinary space doesn’t result in you having to sell a vital organ to afford it. Yes, like everything else in life, a new kitchen doesn’t come for free, which means establishing a budget is key even before you start picking out countertop materials and/or new lighting fixtures.
But of course one can always do a little extra to save even more – especially here on homify, where we are chock-a-block with stylish advice and helpful hints. That’s why we’ve collected these tips to help cut costs, so that you can enjoy your spanking new kitchen to the fullest.
While a lot of kitchen renovations see the existing kitchen getting thrown out completely, it’s not always the case. To help keep your new kitchen costs to a minimum, see where you can keep what’s saveable.
For instance, can you still work with your old kitchen’s carcass and just update fixtures and add new doors? Worktops (especially solid granite or quartz) can be re-cut instead of replaced, which can save a few hundred pounds. And extra cabinetry matching your existing ones can be bought instead of starting from scratch.
Just because your kitchen fell out of style three years ago doesn’t mean it’s scrap. See which of those existing materials you’re no longer using (like floorboards, doors, radiators, etc.) can be sold instead of just tossed out.
Reducing wastage will also cut costs for skip hire and disposal. And keep in mind that you can dispose of waste at your local council tip for free.
Not enough bang in your buck to fit your entire kitchen with bespoke units? Consider adding just a central feature then, like an island, and make up the rest of the space using standard, basic-quality units.
The same goes for your worktops – opt for granite or something similar for the kitchen island, then pick cheaper timber/laminate elsewhere.
Simply remodelling and reusing your existing space can help minimise your new kitchen costs and solve a lot of frustrations. For instance, combining a kitchen and dining area can easily conjure up an extra two metres for a utility room.
If there’s no need to extend, then linking the old and new spaces to flow together seamlessly is not something to compromise on. However, costs can often be reduced through value engineering.
Think about how retaining part of the existing wall or adding a steel column/beam can shorten spans and reduce the size and cost of the steel beams that are needed.
homify hint: To cut even more new kitchen costs, opt for a square-shaped extension with a simple pitched roof instead of messing around with complicated curves and angles.
What’s the big deal of your new kitchen once stood in a showroom? Nobody will notice! Besides, you’ll pay a bargain ex-display price for it.
If you’re adding an extension, your new space just may be designed to suit an ex-display kitchen. If you’re not, it’s usually possible for the company to add/remove a few units to make the kitchen work in your existing space. And never overlook the bargains of end-of-line appliances sourced via specialist distributors.
Try to keep your sink, dishwasher and cooker in the same position unless it’s absolutely essential to move them for your new kitchen. That way, you’ll reduce the amount of extra electrical, gas and plumbing work required for the new design, plus save hundreds of pounds.
And, if at all possible, keep your gas and electricity metres exactly where they are – it can cost about £1,080-£1,320 each to relocate.
Don’t be blinded by the dazzle of a beautiful showroom kitchen without checking that it offers the best value for money first. The more you can plan ahead, the more opportunity you have for shopping around.
The prices of kitchen units, doors, sinks, etc. vary greatly. If possible, wait for sales to let those prices drop a little. In the meantime, research prices and compare costs – you could end up saving thousands of pounds.
homify hint: Online-only retailers, which don’t have the same overheads as companies with showrooms, can help cut your new kitchen costs further. But always check reviews and ask for samples before ordering anything.
Taking care of your new kitchen installation yourself can make a huge impact budget-wise. A typical kitchen installation can easily cost £1,500 to £2,000, and you can drastically reduce this cost by adding those units and doors yourself (a relatively easy task depending on your DIY skills).
Surf the web to find tutorials that show how to tile walls, but always leave worktops and the electrical and plumbing tasks to the professionals.
Like any other project, finding the right companies and tradespeople can make all the difference in the world. No two companies need quote the same price for the same kitchen, making it vital that you shop around for various options before making a choice.
1. We recommend choosing at least three quotes for whatever the job (i.e. new kitchen cabinet doors).
2. Then ask for references from past clients. If possible, visit the homes where they have completed similar work.
3. Lastly, always ask for a written, itemised quotation so that you know exactly what you will be paying for.
But remember: the cheapest is not always the best. What’s crucial is that your requirements are met. Follow the same process with everyone (plumbers, tilers, etc.) to ensure you end up with the best results.
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