Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kitchen Conundrum: Replace or Renovate?

The kitchen is such an important room in the home. As well as cooking and preparing meals, if your kitchen has a conjoined dining area it’s also where you will be eating and socialising with family and friends. It’s a busy part of the home and something that needs to be right to allow life to run as smoothly as possible. If you’re unhappy with how your kitchen currently looks or performs, here are the options you could consider.


If your kitchen is generally in pretty good condition and you’re happy with the layout, renovating could be an option. This allows you to completely change the look and modernise the space but without spending as much money. If the cupboard doors are made of solid wood, your best bet would be to remove them, sand them and paint them with special cupboard paint. Since these kinds of doors are expensive to buy, it makes sense to do this rather than replace them with cheaper ones. You can paint in any colour you like so the sky’s the limit, and with nice new handles, you can achieve a fantastic finish. If your cupboard doors are worse for wear and made of cheap laminate over chipboard wood, you could go ahead and replace them entirely. You don’t need to buy super expensive doors, any new doors will give it a fresh new look and give your kitchen a facelift. When it comes to tiling, you have two options, for a super budget makeover give them a clean down and paint them with tile paint. Alternatively, you could rip these off and pay for new tiling. For flooring, vinyl is relatively cheap and can be fitted directly over ceramic tiles (or most other floor coverings). There are load of different patterns and styles to choose from, so it will fit in with any style kitchen and be far cheaper than new floor tiling. Another option for renovating your kitchen is changing up the taps. A good quality tap can change up the look of the sink and make it look brand new even without having to change the entire thing.


There are lots of benefits to completely starting from scratch with the kitchen. If you’re looking to extend, re-jig the layout or have new windows and doors fitted at the same time it gets all of the construction work out of the way at the same time. It also allows you to make the very best use of the space, and choose elements of the design that works for your lifestyle. Perhaps you want a wine fridge, a pantry and a plumbed in fridge freezer? Being able to plan all of this out beforehand means you can fit in everything you need and work out exactly how it will look. You could have a look at kitchen renovations ideas and choose something that fits your personal style and lifestyle, and create a personalised section of your home that will be extremely enjoyable to use. Spend some time thinking through finishes like the colours, materials, lighting, tiling and all of the accessories. You want to create a kitchen that will look great for years to come if you go with anything too trendy it will quickly fall out of fashion. Black, white and natural woods are all classics, you could always dress it up with bold accessories if you wanted to liven it up a bit.

There are pros and cons to both renovating your kitchen and replacing it entirely. Your budget, time restraints and how much work you plan on doing will all influence your decision. Think it through carefully and work out which is the best option for you.


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