Ways to avoid budget blow outs in kitchen renovations

When it comes down to the kitchen, we all know it truly is the heart of your home. However, altering your kitchen can be costly though there are a few ways to elevate the look and functionality of your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Here are a few tips:

Swap timber for laminate

Though we all love the look of timeless timber kitchen cabinets, unfortunately it’s also a quick way to blow the kitchen renovation budget. However, through advances in products means you can find a timber grain laminate that wonts break the bank as Laminate suppliers are now offering their product with a shaker-style profile so you’re not restricted by your budget.

Omit overhead cabinets in favour of other storage solutions instead

Let’s face it, our interior spaces are becoming larger by the second and our need and want for a large kitchen is part of the reason why.

In the design process, question what you really need. You may decide you want more bench space, but do you really need more storage above all that bench space?

The more cabinets you design into the space, the more you’ll have to spend – and there are alternatives. There is the option to:

  1. Decrease the number of overhead cabinets
  2. Omit all overhead cabinets
  3. Use open shelving instead of overheads

I suggest quoting up all options. You might be surprised at what you can save.

Swap natural stone for composite

Whilst the look and feel of natural stone provides an instant sense of luxury, it also comes at a price.

Given we’re all building larger kitchens it’s worth weighing up whether the cost of using natural stone bench tops (marble or granite for example) to cover the span of your kitchen cabinets is worth it. Though, if you don’t want to blow the budget try working with a composite stone instead, which is considerably less expensive but can sometimes mimic the look of natural stone. The bonus of a composite stone, too, is that it’s more durable than some natural stone and is easier to maintain.

However, if your heart is set on the natural option, try using it on the island and a composite or timber on your back benches and let your island be the hero.