Renovating your kitchen is one of the biggest and most important investments you will make. It will change the way you live and add value to your house.
When it comes to renovations, we understand there are so many elements to building work we cannot control so we want to make it easier to manage the areas that you can. Most importantly, BUDGET! We know that renovations take a lot of time, effort, and money.
It’s very rare we get to the end of an episode of ‘grand designs’ where the homeowner has stayed in budget, so we want to give you any tips that can keep your grand design on track! We have come up with suggestions on where you could spend that little bit more on to ensure quality and where you can save your precious pennies!
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We would suggest spending that little bit extra on quality building materials. Ensuring the materials will be hardwearing and durable. Builders and fitters normally have certain materials or brands they suggest so that can be helpful. If you are doing some of the work yourself and ever have reservations on materials, pop into your local hardware shop and ask them about building materials. We’re sure they would be happy to help
We know lockdown has given us all the perfect opportunity to try and improve our D.I.Y skills and with our rigid built cabinets we make it even easier for you to fit your own kitchen. However, we would always suggest using tradespeople for substantial building work, especially when needing to adhere to regulations.
We would suggest checking traders that are signed up with reputable companies, reading reviews and asking to see previous work. You should also try getting at least three quotes so you can compare rates and find a builder and fitter that works best for you. Take your time and look around until you find someone you are happy with; it is a big decision!
Plumbing & Electrics
This is another aspect we believe should be left to the professionals. Appliances that are not fitted properly can become a safety hazard, so we advise you find a registered electrician to ensure all your electrics are safe! Plumbing is the same, the last thing you want is a leak in a brand-new kitchen. Spending that little extra at the beginning can save you hassle, money and heartache.
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Manual labour might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it could save you money and is so rewarding! Removing your old kitchen gives your fitter a blank canvas and saves them the job. That means less work, less time, less money. Preparing the workspace by keeping it clean, clear and organised sets a standard from the beginning and gives you a great start to a new project!
‘We stripped everything back to bare walls and removed the kitchen ourselves. We then had builders/electricians/plumbers in to do most of the work. We decorated ourselves at the end’
Gabby – recently renovated her kitchen
We have all come out of lockdown with new hobbies, let painting and decorating be yours! Decorating your kitchen project saves you money as you will not need to hire a painter and decorator. There are so many tips and tricks for decorating that even if you don’t have the steadiest hand, you will be absolutely fine! YouTube is full of videos giving you tips on painting, putting up wallpaper and general DIY so take advantage of them and keep your budget intact!
When renovating, there are so many ways to upcycle. Whether that be reusing materials for different purposes, giving vintage furniture a new lick of paint, or transforming old floorboards. There are so many opportunities to breathe a new lease of life in existing elements of the space. Upcycling will come in handy from the start of renovation process until you are adding the finishing touches. As a company that loves the idea of sustainability we suggest trying to recycle and reuse wherever you can!
Our suggestions are just that, find a balance that works for you and your budget. If you ever have a niggling question reach out to us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and one of our designers would be happy to answer any questions!