If you have always had a love/hate relationship with your kitchen, you might be considering a kitchen remodel. However, a luxury kitchen design can be expensive and unless you have a limited budget to create the kitchen of your dreams, you might be wondering how you can have a fabulous kitchen without breaking the bank. Well, the good people at Austin’s Triple Heart Design say that there are ways to remodel your kitchen while still staying on budget. All you need are some clever tips and tricks.
Plan Your Kitchen
The best thing to do to save money on a kitchen design is to firstly work out how much you can realistically afford to spend. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. You might even find that you can get the design finished for less if you are savvy enough.
Think about the things that are most important to you and those features that would be nice, although not essential.
Do As Much Work as You Can Yourself
To save more money, you could consider replacing the cabinetry doors rather than the entire kitchen. However, if you don’t like the layout and want a completely new design, then you can save yourself some cash by taking care of the removal of the old kitchen yourself. If you are good at DIY, there may be some other decorative jobs you can take care of later too, when the kitchen has been installed.
There is plenty of choice when it comes to kitchen cabinetry and accessories, so make sure that you take some time to shop around. Browsing online will give you an idea of which stores have the designs you like the most, but once you get to the store do not be afraid to haggle on the price. Store assistants will be keen for your business and if you say you can get a better price somewhere else, they may be more likely to give you a discount.
If you shop towards the end of the month, you may also get a better price, especially if the store has sales targets to meet.
Buy Appliances Separately
It can be tempting to include the appliances in the kitchen design but buying them from the kitchen store means you might end up paying more than you need to. Buying online or from a large appliance store will mean more choice and better discounts. You might even make money savings by buying ex-display items from a showroom.
Don’t Move the Appliance Positions
Keeping the position of your appliances in your new design will save quite a bit of money because the new appliances can simply be fitted in place, eliminating the need for plumbing and electrics to be moved (which is time consuming and expensive).
Tiling is another expense that you can do without. If you opt for splashback walls rather than tiling, you can save money on materials and the labor of fitting the tiles. If you really want tiles, see if you or someone you know can take care of the job rather than paying a professional tiler. You could minimize your time and expense by just tiling behind the hob.
Consider Reusing Some of the Old Kitchen
Instead of buying everything new, why not see if some of your old kitchen items will work in the new design. If your current appliances are not very old and are still in good working condition, they can be reused, as could your sink and faucets. You can even move some of the old cabinets to your utility room or garage to use as storage space.