Our clients often want to mix finishes and colours, which can strain the budget. So we have to find ways to bring it back.
The image above shows an oven and pantry run that has a dark “timber look”.
This is Polytec Ravine, in the colour Black Wenge. And it’s very cost-effective compared to timber veneer.
Room Up Top
Graphic artists often talk about the merits of white space in a good design.
What’s not there is often as important, if not more so, than what is.
Experienced kitchen designers know the same applies to your home’s most important room, and that is once again good news for your budget.
Most people assume overhead cabinets are a given in a kitchen design. Because that’s what you have in kitchens, right?
Wrong. If you’ve got enough storage space in below-bench cabinetry or your pantry, you don’t necessarily need those overhead cupboards.
Leaving them out not only saves you money, but can make the room feel bigger and more spacious.
These days there are a bewildering array of kitchen benchtop choices. Most of our clients choose engineered stone benchtops from manufacturers like Caesarstone.
So how do you save on a benchtop like that?
Choose 20mm instead of 40mm The majority of stone slabs come in 20mm thickness, so when you want it to look thicker (40mm, 60mm or even 80mm +), the stone mason attaches a 40mm piece to the edge. This gives the look of a 40mm slab, but the body of the bench top itself is still 20mm.
Choose a more cost-effective colour Caesarstone colours, for example, come in Standard, Delux, Super natural and Super natural ultra categories. Like the names, there’s a substantial difference in price. Picking one over another could save you up to $3,000.
Don’t go for waterfall ends Waterfall ends can be used on island benches, as well as end panels on cabinet runs. If you do want to save some money on overall stone costings, these can be left off and, alternatively, end panels can be made out of matching material to the kitchen cabinetry.
In an ideal world, we’d all love an unlimited kitchen renovation budget.
Nevertheless, no matter how much you have to spend, there are some key areas we consider too important for any cost-cutting compromises.
Custom designed kitchen
In our opinion, getting your kitchen properly designed by an experienced kitchen designer is absolutely vital.
Why? Buying a flat-pack or “off-the-shelf” kitchen might be cheaper but it’s unlikely to fit your space properly or make the best use of the space. You’ll probably end up with large panels to fill gaps and soon be complaining about the lack of suitable storage.
By contrast, a kitchen designer will come up with a solution designed specifically for your space, and to meet the needs of your lifestyle and family.
For example, a designer would come up with one solution if the client loved cooking and needed two ovens and large preparation surfaces, but a very different design if the space was for a couple who loved entertaining and wanted to hide any mess in a butlers pantry.
The kitchen is a true workspace and needs to be able to stand up to the rigours of day-to-day family life.
You don’t want to be worrying about the prospect of your cupboards and drawers not closing properly – or breaking – soon after your new kitchen is installed.
So when it comes to hinges and associated closing mechanisms we can’t stress enough how quality is non-negotiable.
We’ve all heard the saying “you get what you pay for”. Never has that been more true than with kitchen hardware.
Buying cheaper inferior imported products will cost you in the long-run – in both the hip-pocket and disappointment stakes. Spending a bit more to begin with means lifetime warranties and peace of mind. Blum’s drawers and hinges – which we use – are a good example of this quality.
Much more than an accessory
The LeMans II corner solution from Hafele Kessebohmer.
For the same reasons as above, make sure you choose good quality accessories.
One great example is a corner accessory like Kessebohmer’s Lemans II corner unit, which is engineered to glide in and out when opening and closing. It’s vastly superior to other brands and imported copies, which struggle with the weight of pantry items and perform poorly over time.
We’re sure you can understand how much of a difference a product like this – used every day – would make in the kitchen. Choosing a super accessible blind corner cabinet like this one is a decision you simply won’t regret.
We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for splurging and saving on your kitchen renovation.
Get in touch if you’ve got any questions and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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