How to modernise your kitchen on a budget – part 1

If you want to modernise your kitchen but you’re concerned about the cost, don’t be dismayed. There are many ways to get a new kitchen without destroying your bank balance.

Downgrade to upgrade

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to compromise on everything in your new kitchen. Select a few fittings or features that you want to spend a little more on, then budget in other areas. For example, if you have your heart set on a granite benchtop, perhaps you could have a tiled splashback instead of a glass one. By choosing one or two standout features, you can still achieve the ‘wow factor’ you’re looking for.

Don’t move mountains

You can save on electrical and plumbing contractors by working within the design of your existing kitchen. Keep your sink, oven and gas hotplates in their current positions, to minimise structural and design costs.

Buy off the shelf

It can be expensive to get cabinets, shelves or tables custom-made. While this may be your only option when you’re working with an unusual space, it might still be possible to buy some fittings off the shelf.

Stores such as Ikea, and specialist kitchen suppliers sell flat pack or modular cabinets that you can assemble yourself, which should cost less than hiring a professional installer. Also think of creative alternatives – if your dream kitchen has an island bench, why not consider a small table or a unit on wheels instead, for a relaxed country feel.

See Next’s weeks post: How to modernise your kitchen on a budget – part 2