There is no doubt that the kitchen is the heart of the home. But when you have guests, have you struggled to get them out of your kitchen and over to your beautifully decorated outdoor patio?
It is also true that kitchens sell houses. This is why it makes sense for you to invest in this particular space in your home.
However, you don’t need to spend big to upgrade the look and functionality of your kitchen. Here are some important tips to avoid a budget blow up for your kitchen renovation project.
- Exchange wood for laminate
It is not easy to dislike the look of wooden kitchen cabinets, whether it’s a veneer or solid board. It’s classic and is perfect for any style of home.
It also brings warmth to inside the home, but it is also an easy way to blow your budget for kitchen renovation.
Years ago, a timber grain laminate would have looked just like that – a laminate. It would not have been a great alternative to timber, but that is not true anymore.
You can now easily find a timber grain laminate with an organic-looking grain instead of a streaked appearance that can destroy the look as a whole.
I recommend visiting showrooms to ensure you have covered all your bases instead of depending on your cabinet manufacturer to provide you with samples. Not all cabinet manufacturers stock samples of the latest products.
- Way up your overhead cabinets
People’s interior spaces are getting larger and larger and our need and preference for big kitchens is one of the reasons why.
During the design process, ask yourself what you really need. You may find that you want more bench space, but do you really need additional storage above the bench space.
The more cabinets you add in the space, the higher your budget gets – and there are other options. These are:
- Reduce the number of overhead cabinets
- Leave out all overhead cabinets
- Swap overheads with open shelving
I recommend gathering quotes for all options. It might shock you to learn how much you can save.
- Exchange natural stone for composite
The look and feel of natural stone is simply amazing. Each slab is different and brings an immediate luxurious feel. However, these benefits can be expensive.
Since people are building bigger kitchens, it makes sense to determine whether the cost of using natural stone bench tops (for example, marble or granite) to cover the length of your kitchen cabinets is worth it.
If you don’t want to go over budget, I recommend using composite stone as an alternative. It is significantly cheaper but can look similar to natural stone.
Another benefit is that a composite stone is more durable compared to some natural stone and easier to clean and care for.
If you don’t want to change your mind about natural stone, I recommend it for the island and a composite or timber for the back benches. This way the island becomes the focal point of your kitchen.