How to make your kitchen budget go further (Part 1)

Mar
09

Kitchen Budget

If this is the year you’ve decided to have your kitchen refitted, you may already have a clear idea of the sort of kitchen you would like in your home. But whether you’ve got your heart set on a cosy Shaker style kitchen or a sleek, contemporary space in a high gloss finish, what is it all going to cost?

Here at Price Kitchens, we know what it takes to design and fit a kitchen – after all, it’s what we do all day long. And yes, there’s no denying that if you’re after all the bells and whistles, the cost can quickly mount up. But with a bit of savvy planning, it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you have a finite budget, you need to box clever and make sure that every penny goes towards the right things in your new kitchen. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have any of the features you would like. Nor does it mean that you have to go for cheap alternatives that you won’t be happy with.

How do you work out the cost of a new kitchen?

One thing we are often asked is how much a new kitchen will cost. Well – how long is a piece of string? Even a ballpark figure will depend on essential factors such as the size and shape of the room, your ideas for the perfect layout, the number of units needed, and your choice of appliances, worktops and accessories.

Then there’s the price of the installation (and removal of the old kitchen), plumbing and electrics, and any building and decorating works. Kitchen projects can start from a few thousand pounds but can also cost many tens of thousands. It’s not really a satisfactory answer, is it?

To get a clearer idea, we suggest a visit to the Price Kitchens showroom where our experienced team is on hand to show you what’s available and talk you through all the options and price points. That way, we can help guide you towards the best solution that is right for your home and works for your budget.

But we can do more than that.

We’ve put together a handy list off 7 great money saving tips that could make your new kitchen cost less. By thinking laterally, and being clever with the layout and resources, you’d be surprised how far the budget can stretch. And because there are so many ways you can save money with a new kitchen, we’re sharing our advice in two parts. Here’s Part 1:

  • Sell your old kitchen

Just because you’re getting rid of your old kitchen, it doesn’t mean it’s skipworthy. Increasingly, people are selling their preloved built-in kitchens that are still in reasonable condition, including cabinets, worktops, sinks and appliances. They may only be worth a few hundred pounds, but every little helps. What’s more, if the buyer dismantles and collects, you’ll be saving money on kitchen removal and disposal costs too. It’s a double win.

  • Reuse parts of the old kitchen

You may also consider salvaging and reusing some of your old kitchen yourself, saving both money and resources. Perhaps you recently bought a new dishwasher and fridge that are still perfectly fit for purpose? Granite and quartz worktops can be reused as they are, while solid timber worktops can be recut and re-sanded to fit the new space. Often, it’s possible to reposition and repurpose old carcases too, either in the new kitchen or a utility room or garage.

  • Mix vintage pieces with a new fitted kitchen

Another way to economise on the purchase of new kitchen units is to mix and match the old with some new pieces, built-in and freestanding, for a unique look. Why choose an integrated larder cupboard or built-in Welsh dresser when a freestanding vintage piece would not only cost a lot less but add bags of personality? This is a great solution to achieve that lived-in farmhouse look, or create a quirky clash of cool contemporary and shabby chic.

 

Make sure you don’t miss Part 2 of How to make your kitchen budget go further where we have 4 more great money saving ideas for your new kitchen design.

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