MAINTAINING A HOME
How to ‘Make Change for Less’ in your kitchen makeover
25 March 2020
Designer and Director of Hunting for George
With a background in design and creative direction, Lucy worked for a number of high profile brands before starting her own brand, Hunting for George. Founded in 2010, Hunting for George is an online publication that is your go-to inspiration for all things Home, Design and Lifestyle. As the raconteur behind Hunting for George, Lucy is passionate about design and this self-proclaimed ‘homebody’ is driven to create unique and engaging stories to educate and inspire.
When it comes to renovating, there’s no denying that the kitchen can often be the most expensive room in the home to upgrade. I have been desperate to update my kitchen but I also wanted to make sure I still had money leftover to afford groceries! I spoke with Suncorp before my kitchen renovation and, as it turns out, they also care about my money. Encouraging me to be smarter with my kitchen makeover, they challenged me to make a big change for less, and I’m going to share with you how I did it! Hopefully these tips will give you a few ideas on how you can Make Change For Less at your place!
My top tips for saving money when renovating your kitchen
1. Choose off the shelf
Custom made cabinetry is incredible, but not everyone can afford the premium price tag that comes with it. Find a kitchen supplier that offers semi-custom or off-the-shelf cabinetry solutions. This means that the cabinets will be made to a standard size, such as the cabinet depth, size and height of doors and drawers. You can choose from a standard selection of sizing in order to create a combination that works for your space. You can also select different finishes and types of cabinets, however you will need to choose from the supplier’s predetermined range. This is the most cost-effective option when it comes to new cabinetry!
2. Use ‘At Home’ services
Choosing cabinetry for your kitchen can be a bit of a minefield, and if you’re selecting off-the-shelf cabinets to fit into your space, you really need to make sure your measurements are correct. Opting for an in-home measure and quote is a great idea to ensure you make the right decision. Shop around and see if your preferred cabinet supplier offers an in-home service.
3. Do it yourself
Custom shelving doesn’t have to be expensive… if you DIY, that is! If you’re handy with the hammer or know someone who is, try creating your own storage solutions. For my kitchen renovation, we chose to customise our own shelves for the pantry, building it with leftover plywood we had in the garage. This was a great option as we were able to design our shelving exactly as we wanted. In doing so we were even able to create the look of a butler’s pantry by adding in power points and extending the height and depth of the shelving in order fit our appliances.
4. Fake it
Truth be told, I would have loved a natural stone benchtop or perhaps a polished concrete. However those natural materials come with a higher price tag! If you’re selecting a benchtop and you want to save money, opt for a laminate option. After all, if you fake it with laminate then you might be able to afford that Italian style terrazzo benchtop you’ve always wanted.
Hot Tip: The finish and quality of laminate benchtops can vary a lot so it’s always a good idea to make sure you see them in the flesh before making your decision.
Read more from our Make Change for Less series
- How to ‘Make Change for Less’ in your living room makeover
- How to ‘Make Change for Less’ in your bathroom makeover
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