Having a great kitchen is what every family wants and it really adds value to a home. Investing in a new kitchen will improve your lifestyle and improve your resale value.
Make sure that you get the best value kitchen that you can afford. We suggest that you spend about 5% of your house value on your kitchen (but no more than 7%). Here are a few tips to get the best value kitchen.
1. Choose good quality products
Even if you have a tight budget it is best to use quality products. A smaller kitchen with good quality materials and fittings is better value than a large kitchen made from poor quality materials.
2. Be practical
If you are on a budget make sure you only plan for what you need. Don’t overdo the finishing details such as stove surrounds and mouldings on cabinets. A simple design is more elegant and usually cheaper.
Don’t build more cupboards than you need, as each unit will add to the cost. Avoid non-essential gadgets such as waste disposal units. Choose practical bench-tops and avoid expensive materials because they are fashionable.
3. Choose good tradespeople
A kitchen is a major investment in your home so choose tradespeople you can trust (obviously we think you should use Amazing Projects for your project). Don’t take risks with amateur builders or poor quality tradespeople—it may cost you more money in fixing their mistakes.
4. Prepare the site
Having people on site is the biggest cost of most kitchen renovations. For some jobs you can save money by preparing your kitchen ready for the professional tradespeople you hire. Removing the benches, tiles and flooring can save time for your builders. You can also save costs by disposing of the rubbish yourselves. Ask our advice <link to contact us> about demolishing your kitchen.
5. Maintain your existing floor plan
If your current kitchen has a practical layout you can save costs by maintaining the existing floor plan. By keeping plumbing and electrical work you save money by not having to reinstall everything.
6. Reuse elements
Unless you want a complete change it is possible to keep some features of your existing kitchen without compromising the new design. Elements you might be able to keep are benchtops, appliances (such as ovens, cook tops, rangehoods, dishwashers and fridges), fittings (such as taps, lighting and sinks) and sometimes even splashbacks and tiles.
7. Buy all your appliances together
If you plan your renovation you can get savings by buying all your appliances together. By buying the kitchen appliance together you can negotiate great deals from retailers. Imagine how much a retailer would like to sell you an oven, cook top, rangehood, dishwasher and fridge in one sale. Make sure your shop around with your list.
8. Use a one-stop shop builder
You will save money by using renovation builders who will coordinate the whole job efficiently for you (like the Amazing Projects team). If you manage the job yourself and waste tradespeople’s time you will get charged. Getting the tradespeople out, for instance, when the site is not ready or they can’t finish the job on the same day is wasteful and expensive.