Kitchens are the heart of every home, up and down the country. Unfortunately for us, they are also the most costly rooms in the house to renovate. Alongside integrated appliances, there are cabinetry concerns, installation costs, flooring, paint, as well as white goods and kitting out your kitchen with relevant utensils and gastronomic equipment. This all adds up and can make a kitchen makeover super costly on your pocket. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t bring your kitchen into the twenty first century.
If you are keen to step into the world of kitchen remodeling, think about the style that you are after. For some people, the dream kitchen is a rustic, country cottage affair with lots of wood, slate, and natural materials. For others, only the ultimate high gloss modern look will do. Forget about looking at what graces the cover of interiors magazines and go for the style that you adore. It doesn’t matter what sort of kitchen you want for your brood, follow this guide to help you create the kitchen makeover of your dreams.
Cabinetry for your Kitchen Makeover
If you are after whole new units because the integrity of your cabinets has gone a little awry, check out the local kitchen showrooms. These can give you plenty of ideas for the sorts of styles and colors available. Think about the configuration of your room before you venture to the showroom. It’s always a great idea to be prepared and ask a kitchen planner to create a 3D drawing. Looking a country style kitchen, go for the shaker-style off white look complete with leaded glass doors and a wooden worktop. For the minimalist look, gloss white doors may be the only option, complete with granite quartz worktop.
Maybe your budget is a little lower than your ambitions, consider checking out the ex-display models. These examples may have had their drawers and doors opened a few thousand times, but they will still be in near perfect condition. They could also be less than half the recommended retail price. This can be a great option if you aren’t too fussy about style. Also, reconsider the worktop options. Granite example can cost more than the rest of your kitchen put together whereas a manmade engineered laminate can create the same sophisticated look, but at a fraction of the price.
Appliances for your Kitchen Makeover
If you are an avid cook, it makes sense to spend a bit of money on the integrated oven and hob that you install into your kitchen. You might love nothing more than rustling up a gastronomic feast for your family, don’t scrimp on your utensils and appliances. If you are looking to save some cash, don’t assume that a new kitchen means brand new appliances. Get your dishwasher and refrigerator serviced to keep them in great condition. For those utility room appliances, such as dryers and washing machines, check the drums, the dryer heating element, and the condition of the machines to ensure that they still work.
Should you need new appliances, reconditioned ones can still come with a warranty but could be cheaper. Want a statement appliance, try Smeg refrigerators and the black marble dishwasher that can add to the design.
Flooring for your Kitchen Makeover
The flooring of your room will need replacing as it will need to suit your new cabinets. While lino is a great cheap option, there are alternatives if you have a bit of extra cash to splash. If you live in a period property, consider venturing to a reclamation yard. Here, you could pick up some old authentic floorboards that could be repurposed and put into your kitchen. Alternatively, you might want to source some exquisite slate tiles for your country style kitchen. This can lift your room and give it the more sophisticated look that you are after.
Alternatively, you could head to your local DIY store to pick up some easy to fit tongue and groove laminate. You won’t need a specialist to fit this. You can pick up a wide range of different wood veneer types. Walnut, beech, and oak can look great in any kitchen. Floorboards can come stained. Try the ashen gray for a laid back vibe or a white wash for a beach hut style.
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