Don’t Fork Out Extra Money On Kitchen Remodeling

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Want to renovate your kitchen? You needn’t be tricked into forking out a loan. There are plenty of tricks that could save you money when remodeling, bringing your kitchen back to life with little need for major work. Here are just a few cost-cutting tips when doing up your kitchen.


Try drop lock flooring

Tearing up and replacing old floorboards can be expensive. A cheap solution could be to simply mask the old flooring with a new layer on top. Drop lock flooring works by simply covering over the existing flooring. Thin laminate planks can create the illusion of a fresh new floor. They’re easy to install with plenty of tutorials available online.

Paint over worn countertops and cabinets

If your cabinets and countertops are starting to look old and scruffy, don’t immediately look for new ones. New cabinets and countertops can be pricey. By simply painting over your existing ones, you could bring them back to life. High gloss paints could help to modernise old wooden cabinets. Meanwhile, you can trick people into believing you’ve bought a fancy new stone countertop with a faux granite spray paint. Always look for good quality paints that will provide a lasting finish and look the part.

Consider faux materials

If floorboards or countertops are seriously damaged and a lick of paint isn’t enough to transform them, there are still cheap ways to replace these kitchen features. If you want to give your kitchen a sense of luxury, you needn’t always shell out on luxury materials. There are plenty of synthetic substitutes for marble and granite that could give your kitchen countertop a sense of sophistication without costing a lot of money. Meanwhile, when it comes to woods, you can often imitate luxury materials with lesser known tree types. Utile for example is a strong and dark red wood that’s only a shade off mahogany. Veneering may be another option for kitchen cabinets – coating them in a thin layer of a luxury material so that it looks like the whole cabinet is made of that material.


Repair appliances, don’t replace

When appliances such as washing machines and ovens break, most of us will consider replacing them with a newer model. However, hiring an appliance repair company can often work out much cheaper (as well as being more sustainable). After being repaired, most appliances can continue functioning for another decade. Unless your appliance is seriously outdated and doesn’t offer all the functions you need, there’s no reason why you should replace it.

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Bring in light for less

Installing more lighting into a dark kitchen can be expensive. To light up those poky corners, some people may consider spot lighting. However, spot lighting isn’t cheap as it requires more electrician work. Track lighting may be a more cost-efficient option – light bulbs can be places along a track on the ceiling and pointed in different directions to light up different part of the kitchen. An even cheaper option could be to let in more natural light with mirrors. These could be placed on kitchen cabinet door. Chrome steel and glossy paints will also catch the light and help brighten up a dull kitchen.

Don’t touch plumbing

Having to tamper with pipes will be expensive. If you’ve been thinking of moving an appliance such as a sink or oven, think twice as it could involve expensive repositioning of water and gas pipes. Make repairs by all means, but don’t relocate piping unless you really need to.

Need to knock down a wall?

Many people are now knocking down walls to merge their kitchen and dining room/lounge into one open plan living space. Knocking down a wall is expensive however, especially a kitchen wall in which there are bound to be pipes and electrical wiring. This will all have to be relocated, which will be a big job. There’s also the issue of load bearing walls – if there’s another wall above you may not be able to knock down the wall without making extra huge improvements to the building’s structural integrity. A cut-out could be a cheaper option. This can often imitate the illusion of no wall whilst keeping a level of structural integrity. Whatever the case, do not attempt such a job yourself unless you’ve got sufficient construction experience – you don’t want to knock through a pipe that you didn’t know was there, or worse knock down a load-bearing wall that sends the whole house down like a Jenga tower.

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