Smart Ideas to Stay on Budget for Your Kitchen Reno
With the start of the new year, it is a great opportunity to start working on your resolutions for the year ahead. If one of your resolutions is to help bump up the value of your property, renovating your kitchen might help you do just that. While Brisbane property market is forecasted to grow this year, there’s no harm in helping your property stand out in the market. Here’re some tips to help with your kitchen reno without breaking the bank.
Choose the main element for investment
By smartly investing $5,000 to $6,000 in your kitchen reno, you can get a good return on your investment. Start by investing a good chunk of that budget into the hero piece that will make an impression, for example like a showstopping stone benchtop.
Leave the kitchen layout as is
Not only it will save you a lot of money by leaving the layout as is, but you will also save the renovation time. There’re a lot of things involved from materials, labour, water and gas to potentially running into the issues with flooring if you change the layout.
Paint, paint, paint
A coat of good paint can immediately transform and refresh the space. If the hinges on your existing cabinetry are in good condition, consider painting the cupboards rather than replacing them. Just look for a specific paint that can handle the grease that accumulates at the kitchen. Before painting your cupboards, make sure every corner of the kitchen is clean from dirt and grease, detach the cabinetry and paint it in the separate room.
Replace cabinet handles
Replacing stainless steel handles will transform the look and feel of the cabinets.
If your kitchen isn’t super spacious, utilising the storage space by adding in some timber shelves can help with functionality and with aesthetic.
Save on appliances
Think about what appliances are necessary. There’s a lot of them in the market for a variety of budgets, so think about what is needed for the kitchen. For example, while a nice induction cooktop with fancy features is cool, does your kitchen really need it when you can spend the money somewhere else?
The lighting game
Adding in accent lighting like an LED light strip underneath the kitchen cabinetry. It is easy to install and doesn’t cost too much, but it creates an immediate uplift in the mood. Remember to keep the lights warm for ultimate cosiness.