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Should you replace or refurbish your kitchen?

refurbish or replace your litchen

Replacing an existing kitchen is one of the most expensive and disruptive tasks that you can undertake. Before you make the decision to rip everything out and start again, there are a couple of things to consider: –

  • Are you currently in your forever home?
  • Does your current kitchen work?
  • What budget do you realistically have?

Refurbish your kitchen

If you are not in your forever home and plan to sell your property within the next couple of years, consider if replacing your existing kitchen is worth the expense, time and effort.
If the current layout works and the cabinet carcasses are still in good working order then why go to the heartache of replacing them? You can achieve a completely new look simply by updating some of the existing fittings.  Not only will this be considerably cheaper but the work will be completed within a shorter time frame, with a lot less disruption.

Start by calculating what budget you have to spend as this will help determine the level of improvements you can afford to make. You can gain a total new look by stripping the kitchen back to the bare carcass and replacing all fittings. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, don’t worry; consider what combination of changes will give you the best results; a fresh new colour on the walls and ceiling, new handles on the cabinet doors and some trendy new tiles can help to transform a dated look.

If you opt for a full refurbishment consider using a local kitchen refurbishment company who will complete the work for you. However, if you are happy to take on the challenge yourself make sure that you do the following: -

  1. Measure all of your current kitchen doors, side panels and kickboards and then measure them again
  2. Make sure you can purchase replacements of the same size, check the positioning of the hinges
  3. Think about door handles and what style is required to ensure the new ones do not obstruct anything
  4. If you are replacing your worktop, check for joints and know where they are positioned
  5. If you are replacing any appliances, spend time measuring to ensure your replacement items will fit safely and securely
  6. Any gas appliances need to be disconnected and fitted by a registered gas fitter

Whatever you can afford, it might not give you the dream kitchen you were hoping for, but it will certainly help to make your home more presentable when the time comes to put your house on the market. Just remember when choosing your colours and design the kitchen is one of the major selling points so don’t put potential buyers off by opting for something too bizarre!

Replace your kitchen

If you are fortunate enough to be in your forever home the first thing to consider is what you want from your kitchen.  Will the space allow for your design dream? If not, it may be worth considering a revamp rather than a replacement.  However, if the space allows for a complete new design start by making a wish list of all the things you would like from your kitchen, this could be anything from somewhere to entertain, to having a built in wine rack.  Write everything down, no matter how unachievable you think it might be.

Next consider what budget you have.  Plans never quite go to plan so make sure you have a little extra cash in reserve, just in case.

Once you have set your budget and agreed on the expectations from your new kitchen, it is time to think about the layout, design and colour.  Remember that you don’t want to be changing your kitchen again anytime soon, so spend time shopping around looking for styles and designs that you like.

Once you have an idea of style and colour, get your kitchen designed by a professional – many of the DIY stores offer free design and planning.  They will come out to your home and talk to you about your expectations. Go through your wish list – but be aware you may have to compromise. They will take measurements and note where the current services are located and provide you with a printed plan. Whether you use the company or go elsewhere is up to you, however, unless you are a craftsman by trade, it is advisable to get your kitchen fitted by professionals.

Like anything in this world, you get what you pay for, but if you give time to research your dream kitchen thoroughly, you will find some excellent value for money out there.

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