Do You Want to Avoid Costly Mistakes When Renovating Your Kitchen? - The Solihull Observer

Do You Want to Avoid Costly Mistakes When Renovating Your Kitchen?

Solihull Editorial 4th May, 2023   0

The idea of sprucing up the kitchen can be exciting, but it can also be daunting when you consider the time and costs involved. The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the home to renovate as it’s finish- and material-intensive, not to mention that it implies budgetary demands because of plumbing, electric, and mechanical requirements. Simply put, remodelling the kitchen can easily break your budget. Don’t worry, though, because there are many things you can do to save a few pounds. Here’s how to avoid costly mistakes when renovating your kitchen.

Create A Budget And, Above All, Stick to It

Without a detailed plan, it’s easy to go over the budget. Figure out what you can actually afford to pay for without taking on debt and prioritise your wants and needs. Set expectations ahead of time and pay close attention when reaching out to contractors, i.e., do your homework. Speak with several contractors and give details about the scope of work. If you plan in advance, things will go quicker and more smoothly. Of course, compromises need to be made to achieve the end goal, so you should be willing to invest some extra cash to make your dream come true.

Think Practical & Take Your Time

What you need is a space that looks good and is functional. Understand how you might use the space. As a rule, the kitchen should function effortlessly and withstand continuous use, combining function and practicality. Before you start shopping around, decide what you need and don’t forget about your budget. If your kitchen produces a lot of smoke, install a chimney with high-suction power and an exhaust fan. The point is that you should take into account what is wrong with the kitchen and what you can change about it. Not only will this give you clarity, but it will also make it easier when shopping around.

It’s recommended to take a one-year cooling-off period and not rush into renovating. If you move with urgent haste, the result could be disastrous – the pipes might not be fitted properly, or the walls might not be correctly anchored to the ceiling. Most importantly, you’ll end up paying more because remodelling a kitchen quickly requires more workers. It’s best to have your kitchen renovation done in a standard amount of time. A shortage of skilled tradespeople is driving up costs in home improvement, so it’s worth thinking about when is the right moment.

Eliminate The Intermediary

Go to the manufacturer rather than the retailer to buy what you need at a lower price and avoid the extra expense. Owing to the Internet, it’s much simpler now to contact kitchen manufacturers – they’ll help you design and build your dream kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Maybe you have your mind set on a shaker kitchen. And why not? The units are easy to maintain as there are few surfaces to collect dirt, grease, and debris. The look of the shaker kitchen is timeless, so despite the emergence of new trends, many will still lean on the shaker kitchen.

When you order a kitchen from the manufacturer, you get the same service you’d get in a shop at a lower price. This is particularly beneficial if you’re on a tight budget. You’ll have a shaker-style kitchen you can personalise in any way you want (or leave it as it is). Stores carry limited stocks, meaning you have to stick to a standard size. The only problem is that British homes weren’t built to the same plans, so you’ll struggle to find a combination that suits you. A kitchen manufacturer oversees everything from design to production and fitting; your kitchen will be quality-checked several times.

Ask About Discounted Appliances

The taste, flavour, and quality of the food are positively or negatively affected by the appliances used. You’ll want kitchen appliances that are practical, maintain the aesthetics of the space, and fit your budget. Manufacturers release new models every year, and when that happens, retailers discount last year’s models. Therefore, you can buy brand-new appliances for much less. For most households, it’s imperative to have a cooker, stove, kettle, and refrigerator. Needless to say, the list isn’t exhaustive. Put the frequently used appliances on the countertop, and the rarely used ones should go to the top of the kitchen units.

Avoid Relocating Kitchen Plumbing

You can move the sink, but it all depends on the current kitchen layout, your plumbing, and, most importantly, your budget. If the sink is off-centre, repositioning it is fairly inexpensive. Simply put, you can instil change without moving the drains and pipes. Nevertheless, if the sink is moved at a long distance, the cost will increase dramatically. If you have a concrete slab on the ground, it will be necessary to cut it up to make room for the new services and redo the concrete. It’s recommended to get a quote from a plumber to make sure you’re being charged a fair price by the tradesperson.

Wrapping It Up

Just about everywhere you look, there’s inspiration for your project or an excellent idea. Indeed, there’s an opportunity to splurge, but there’s also an opportunity to save. More exactly, there are tips and tricks you can use to avoid going over the budget. The kitchen is the heart of the home, i.e., the room where your family spends most of the time, whether preparing meals or enjoying each other’s company, so it makes sense to do a full remodel. Renovate the kitchen to meet your family’s needs or upgrade it to fit your personal style – the choice is up to you.

Everyone should be able to participate in happy times, so make your kitchen more inclusive. It should be a place where all people are welcomed, especially if it wasn’t built that way. From rise and fall counters to accessible storage solutions, you can create a functional design without compromising on style. The main goal is to achieve balance, so your best bet is to maintain symmetry.

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