The central element in any home is the kitchen. A considerable amount of time is spent in it to cook delicious meals or get-together with family and friends. It’s no surprise that one would want every detail meticulously planned and executed for the perfect kitchen, but often the budget poses a problem. Designing a kitchen can be a costly affair, but with the right planning and proper budgeting, it is possible to create the kitchen of one’s dreams without burning a hole in the pocket. Keep in mind the following areas for reducing cost when designing a kitchen.
Purchasing appliances online is a viable option when it comes to budget kitchens. There is often a significant price variance between kitchen showrooms and online stores. Most of the big brands are cheaper online than in kitchen showrooms. The bonus is that there are plenty of options to choose from online and weighing them out is as simple as comparing multiple prices and features across various platforms right from the comfort of one’s home.
Much like the appliances in the kitchen, it is better to consider purchasing the worktop for the kitchen online. It reduces the price point when compared to buying it from a kitchen showroom. All one needs to know is the size of the worktop that one requires. Laminate and wooden worktops come in set sizes- so be sure to measure each part of the worktop. It is safer to pick a size bigger than the exact length. For granite and quartz style worktops- it is better to contact the quarry or stone fabricator directly.
Weighing out the options is never a bad thing, which is why it is essential to obtain several quotes before settling on one. Ensure thorough research of each potential cabinet by weighing out the pros and cons of each and whether the price falls within the budget. As a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid getting caught up in huge discounts, which claim to be giving you 50% off the original price. There’s a good chance that the store is inflating the price. Visiting the store at the end of the month proves beneficial as many stores offer their products at a lower price during that time to reach their monthly sales targets.
Kitchen installation comes at a high cost, so to mitigate any increase in prices caused by installation mistakes, it is advisable to contact a local fitter. It is often cheaper than in-house kitchen installation services from a showroom. Going by word of mouth proves beneficial so be sure to get in touch with people in the neighbourhood to find out about the best fitters in town. Interior decorators or designers can help with the contacts of fitters they regularly employ.
If there are appliances from the old kitchen that are perfectly intact, like a hob or chimney, it makes sense to reuse it in the new kitchen. Most appliances come in standard sizes, which makes it easy to integrate the old appliances or items into the new kitchen, without significant adjustments. If they are in good shape, worktops too can be reused instead of purchasing new ones. The layout of the kitchen plays a vital role in the integration of appliances.
Adding recessed lighting can become a hassle as a false ceiling needs to be installed, and electrical wiring added, which can add to the cost. Recessed lighting is quite pricey, and it excludes the cost of installation and materials. To keep costs low, consider track lighting, which is easier to install and comes in different styles, shapes, and finishes.
Kitchen accessories such as pop-up sockets, wooden cutlery trays, boards, and spice racks can be purchased externally to save money. Also, items such as integrated bins, cabinet lights, and wire basket and drawer inserts can be purchased online instead of buying them from a store. Adopting a DIY approach to fitting these items instead of hiring a handyman can also result in cost-saving.
Storage is of utmost importance in the kitchen. Do make sure to account for it, especially in small kitchens.