Cost-Effective Kitchen Renovation

By Johnathon Black

Kitchen renovations can certainly give any home a facelift as well as increase its market value, but it can be expensive. However, there are ways that you can renovate your kitchen without breaking the bank. The following are some tips on affordable kitchen renovation:

Try to keep the kitchen’s footprint. One of the key steps to cutting down on your kitchen renovation expenses is to try and stick with its original footprint. Kitchens typically follow several pre-determined layouts, such as U-shaped, L-shaped, one-wall and galley layouts for example, and few renovators make any drastic changes to these because these layouts and are already tried and tested. So rather than trying to change the layout, focus on the arrangement of your services within the layout.

Keep major appliances in their original or move them only in short distances. Any renovation that involves moving plumbing, gas or electrical fixtures will definitely prove to be a lengthy and costly one. This often coincides with the concept of maintaining the kitchen footprint, but this does not always apply. You can keep the footprint, but you may end up moving the appliances. However, it is possible to move some appliances without having to move their hook-up. The dishwasher, for example, can be moved to the other side of the sink, as its hookups normally come from the central point under the sink. So whether you place the washer left or right of the sink, it won’t be much of a fuss.

Focus on functional flooring. One thing that kitchens share with bathrooms is the importance of flooring. Take hardwood floors for example. While they give fancy, rustic look to kitchens, they can be expensive and soak up spills like a sponge. Vinyl sheets or ceramic tiles, on the other hand, are more stain and water-resistant and doesn’t cost that much. And if you are not that excited about taking your kitchen floor apart, consider getting laminated flooring instead as it can be laid over the existing flooring.

Hands off the electrical wiring. A complete rewiring of your kitchen’s lighting can take up as much as 25% of your budget. If the current system is safe and can support the current load, think twice about installing double ovens and other big-power-hogging appliances as well as non-essential appliances like trash compactors.

Paint your old refrigerator instead of replacing it. If it’s still functioning properly, why not paint your refrigerator instead of getting a new one instead? Clean the refrigerator’s exterior of dirt and grime and sand the surface with sandpaper to remove the gloss and allow the primer to stick. Next, prime and spray it with a high-gloss spray paint. If done correctly, your fridge should like as though it was brand new.

You can also do the same repaint on gas ranges, although we strongly recommend using only high-heat paint as standard paints will start to peel when the range heats up.

Get a kitchen lamp. Instead of buying costly (and permanent) track light lighting, go to your local flea market and get a colored table lamp or hanging kitchen chandelier. It’s a more cost-effective way to give your kitchen a warmer look.

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