Undertaking a kitchen extension is never an inexpensive prospect; while you may have spent months planning, and maybe even years dreaming of the perfect kitchen – sometimes it is necessary to tighten the budget; however, that does not mean you have to compromise too much on the dream. We take a look at the best things to save money on, and where to splash the cash, when planning your new kitchen.
A kitchen is an investment, so do not skimp on the planning. Get a professional kitchen designer to help you work out the right working triangle (sink, cooker, and fridge). Also, when you are thinking about this, take into account existing power and water supplies; moving them can be costly and time-consuming.
The carcass, or skeleton, of the kitchen are really all the same. Don’t forget, kitchen units are just cupboards with nice doors on. No one sees the carcass of the kitchen, so you can save money by having an MFC or MDF one rather than solid wood. You can have the doors made of solid wood if you wish. It’s worth noting that solid wood is more likely to warp and distort over time than MDF will and MDF is also easier to clean.
Where to buy your kitchen from
One of the cheapest places to buy a kitchen is to go to a builder’s merchant; their quality and value for money tends to be good. Most won’t have fitters, but they are likely to know and be able to recommend reputable tradesmen for you.
The chain DIY stores can also be good value, but the cost of fitting tends to be high. Usually, local independent companies can offer better value for money as their overheads are lower. Another option is having a kitchen designed by a qualified kitchen designer and then going to a joiner to make it – surprisingly this can be cheaper than many kitchen showrooms and you get a more bespoke product. However, this can take longer than an ‘off the shelf’ kitchen
When it comes to buying your appliances, it is normally cheaper to get them yourself than to get them from your kitchen company. The best thing to do is shop around, look out for deals and utilise online resources such as Google shopping or auction sites. Built-in appliances are more expensive than freestanding appliances. Make sure that you have the measurements handy before committing to a purchase to ensure your new appliances will fit into the space provided.
It’s all about the detail
If you have opted for a cheaper kitchen, you can give it a luxury aesthetic by investing in top quality handles for the cupboards and draws. Opting for a high-quality floor can also improve the look overall and it may also add value, depending on the materials you use.
When it comes to worktops, you can save money by mixing materials. For example, if you want a solid granite worktop then you could choose just to use it on the island or breakfast bar (if you are having one) – and then opt for a less expensive material on the other parts of the kitchen which won’t get as much use.
An extension from Simply Extend does not mean you will just get an empty shell that you will be left to fill on your own. We can help you source and fit your dream kitchen. Contact us today for a free site survey.Share this: