While many people’s kitchens function well, their styling leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, though, to make your kitchen the heart of your home once more doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. It’s all about knowing where you can save money and having a definitive plan before you start to remodel or renovate your kitchen on a budget.

Here are our top tips for remodelling your kitchen on a budget:

Have a plan

First and foremost, it’s essential that you have a definitive plan before you commence any work. And while many people choose to go it alone and create a plan themselves, involving a professional can actually save you time and money in the long run. That’s because the professionals have been there, done that and got the T-shirt when it comes to remodelling kitchens and will save you making expensive errors as a result.

Be prepared

In addition to having a plan, it’s also a good idea to get everything you need on-site for the overhaul before you start work. There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering that particular cooker you ordered months ago has now been discontinued and the only option is the newer model that’s more expensive.

Repurpose where possible

Maybe your kitchen cabinets are still pretty solid, despite looking rather dated. You can save a significant sum by giving them a new lease of life with some paint, new doors, door knobs, etc. The same goes for your old washing machine. If it’s not going to “fit” with the style of your new kitchen, consider enclosing it.

Use existing plumbing

Moving appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and cookers inevitably involves moving the services that they are connected to too. You can save a lot of money by using the existing plumbing and piping. Again, a professional designer or kitchen company will be able to help you with this.

Know your options

While everyone would love to have a shiny new granite worktop, they can be a budget buster. Luckily, great alternatives are available that won’t break the bank. For example, laminate worktops are very affordable and come in a wide range of styles and colours. It’s all about knowing what your options are, which is (again) something that a professional can help you with.

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