A 10 step guide to a kitchen renovation project for homeowners on a budget

Kitchens can represent the owners personality

Kitchen renovations are always a good idea

Kitchen renovations, redesigns or modernisation are something homeowners undertake either on first purchase of a home, or at subsequent intervals in their time of occupancy. A basic renovation can cost between £15,000 and £30,000. However, the price of a renovation will increase depending on materials, appliances, extent, complexity and type. If you are a homeowner on a budget, but are keen to undertake a kitchen renovation, here are some tips we at billntrade.com would recommend you consider, prior to carrying out the renovation project.

1. Consider the location of your big appliances

Moving plumbing related appliances as well as electrical points, can add significant cost to your budget, therefore; we recommend that where possible retain the existing setup for your plumbing and electric to help reduce the cost of the renovation.

2. Keeping the existing floor

If possible retain the existing floor plan and locations of doors and windows, this will also save on costs and work, as increasing the footprint or reshaping the kitchen all require significant planning and resource, and this will increase the cost of your project.

3. Keep existing appliances

It is also possible to find new or old stock of appliances competitively priced on online retail platforms, we would recommend checking the product at these locations, prior to making your online purchase for the appliance. If your existing appliances are still able to function and are fit for continued use, then just a full clean may be sufficient, and their is no need to spend money having them removd and being replaced with new ones, again, this will save you additional costs on the project.

4. New appliances

If you are set on getting new appliances, as well as making sure they perform the tasks that you need, and come with some form of warranty and parts gurantee, checking tha appliances energy performance is also becoming more important. Look for appliances that have energy star ratings, check that the energy performance is as efficient as possible, these will not only save you money, but they are also better for the environment.

5. Energy labels

We mentioned energy labels for appliances, the ratings are based on a standard test on the given appliance, to determine how much energy it consumes, in a given use case. The ratings are from A to G, with A being the most efficient, and G being the least efficient. Check the energy rating label for the size of the appliance, you intend to purchase to guide you in your decision.

6. Cabinets and cupboards

Adding concealing cabinetry means additional costs, so if you are on a budget consider if this is something you need, or if your existing cabinetry is fit for your project requirements.

7. Work surfaces

Materials like granite and specially prepared woods are also available for work surface fit outs, but they will be a lot more expensive, if you are on a budget, start with laminate finish work surfaces, and go from there.

8. Tiling

Ceramic tiles are the usual choice but for those with bigger budgets more expensive materials can be used for splashback tiling. When selecting tiles, consider:

- 1. The price to cover the surface area required

- 2. Price of the tile

- 3. Design, pattern and styling of the tile

Plain ceramics are available for those on a budget; this keeps it neutral and affordable. Painting the walls is also a consideration; make sure the paint has antibacterial properties designed for kitchen use specifically see our article on 7 essential tips to help you successfully deal with mould in your home.

9. Drawers

There are a huge range and choice of cabinets, knobs, handles, drawers, etc. They vary in price; type and style, standard cabinets are the best for those on a lower budget, but the good news is most suppliers deliver these in flat packs ready for assembly, so when the phase of the project is reached that requires them, it is possible to smooth out the cost, to match these phases of the project.

10. Linoleum and Vinyl

Linoleum and Vinyl are a couple of low cost options, Linoleum is a natural product which can be made from linseed oil, pine resin, ground cork dust, and mineral fillers such as calcium carbonate, it is popular as it has hypoallergenic and has antibacterial properties. Vinyl offers a more high quality finish and can come in designs such as tiles or woods. Ceramic tiles can also be used for those who have more flexible project budget.

We hope this guide can help you with an initial approach to a kitchen rennovation project.

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Sarah Tring
Hi, I'm Sarah, I'm a blogger who enjoys eveything related to home improvement, I'm passionate about sustainable homes, home improvement, home developments and technology used in the home. When not blogging, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and our dog 'Leto'.