Tips For Planning a Kitchen Remodel On a Budget
Renovations can be tough, and kitchen renovations doubly, so, after all, you have all those built-in cabinets, plumbing, and power points to worry about. Luckily, there are a few tactics you can use to make doing up your kitchen space a little less stressful. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Repaint / Resurface the Cupboards
Usually, the biggest and most expensive task when renovating kitchen space is ripping out all those cupboards and then replacing them with new ones. In fact, it usually needs a specialist to come in and do all the measuring and then fit them too.
Of course, you can get around this problem by keeping the one you already have and simply repainting them for a fresh look instead. Something that is actually pretty easy to achieve, especially if you use chalk paint which doesn't need the wood beneath to be primed as well as other types.
Some folks even leave the cupboard door on their hinges when they paint them and just use masking tape to get a crisp finish the edges. A technique you can find out more about in the video below.
Keep the layout
Another fundamental way of reducing the stress associated with kitchen renovations is to keep the layout that you already have. This can save a lot of hassle because it means you don't have to worry about running pipes to areas where they are not already plumbed in.
Of course, the downside of doing it this way is that it means you are limited in the design that you can install. To get around this while still avoiding the hassle of having to do it yourself you may want to use a company like Thompson Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning to help you re-plumb your kitchen. Then you can have the layout that is best suited to your needs without having to worry about whether the current plumbing will fit or not.
Replace the Flooring
Next, a new floor is often needed during a kitchen renovation, but depending on the condition of the old one and the materials you wish to use this can be a mammoth job.
That is why it can be smarter to do some DIY and lay the new floor directly on top of the old one if it is flat enough. In fact, this will save you at least half of the time it would usually take! However, do remember that it if you want to install insulated or underfloor heating this is usually not possible.
Focus on Surfaces That Can Be Easily Cleaned
The best kitchens are ones that not only look great but are practical too, and that is why you need to think about making as many surfaces as possible, wipe clean during your renovation. Yes, this means the work surfaces and floor, but also the paintwork, cooker splash back, and cabinet doors as well.
After all, the kitchen is a high usage space, and it will inevitably get dirty from time to time. Of course, if you don't want to have to redecorate on every occasion that this happens, making all the surfaces wipe clean is the right way to go.
- Written by James Hills
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