In any home renovation project, money is usually the biggest investment and hurdle that homeowners have to tackle. But among all the parts of the house you can renovate, a kitchen renovation is usually the most expensive.
Nevertheless, there are some foolproof ways to save money on a kitchen renovation, and one of them is through cutting costs on materials. To do that, here are some tips that you should know:
1. Find a good all-around supplier
Do you need engineered timber flooring materials and kitchen cabinets for your home in Melbourne? From raw materials to appliances (and everything in between), finding a one-stop-shop supplier can save you tons of money through discounts and transportation costs. But to enjoy these benefits, you have to find a reputable supplier that’s a reasonable distance away from your house. That’s the tricky part.
Finding an excellent all-around supplier is a challenge, but you can make it easier by:
- Using online sources to gather options and narrow them down
- Scouting physical stores with your contractor (if you have one)
- Asking friends and family for referrals
- Looking for local suppliers in your area
2. Buy ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets
Custom kitchen cabinets can eat up a big chunk of your renovation budget. Fortunately, you can buy ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets that are a fraction of the cost yet can still look stunning. The best part is that you can assemble and install these cabinets yourself with a little bit of DIY skills and maybe a buddy to help you do the lifting.
3. Use recycled materials
Using old material for your kitchen renovation allows you to save money and help reduce waste in the process. There are all sorts of recycled material you can use for a new kitchen, such as old lumber, reclaimed furniture, secondhand appliances, and even flea market fixtures. You just have to be picky about the stuff you buy and be creative when it comes to giving them a new life, not to mention the DIY skills that you need to make them look good as new again.
4. Create a repurposed kitchen island
Have you always wanted a kitchen island but getting a new one doesn’t fit in your budget? Don’t worry; there’s a cheaper (and probably more creative) alternative to installing a new island in your kitchen, which is through converting repurposed furniture. You can use an old dresser, a table, a cart, or a desk and transform it into a stunning kitchen island with a little bit of handiwork. Alternatively, you can use repurposed wood to create one from scratch, which will allow you more freedom to follow the design you want.
5. Look for discounts
Take advantage of discounts and sales to save as much money as you can on material purchases. If you can buy in bulk for a wholesale price, do it. Moreover, if you have a friend or family member doing a renovation of their own, ask if you can split the costs of some common materials.
As you can see, you can still get the kitchen of your dreams without blowing your budget. With these tips and a little bit of effort on your part, you can achieve your dream kitchen, add value to your home, and have more money left over for future renovations.