Many kitchens are begging for refurbishment, you could shell out an absolute fortune on fixing up a kitchen since the sky’s the limit as far as costs go. If your taste is for the finer kitchen appliances and fittings you could find yourself spending thousands of pounds on surfaces, islands, cupboards and flooring. However, if you’re clever and have an eye for a bargain as well as a creative bent you could save a fortune on your kitchen which you could spend on other things. A trip abroad, for example.
With clever junkshop trawling, sales scouring and deals deliberation you can find all sorts of quirky, original items which will make your kitchen an inspiring place to be. If you’re good with your crafts then things can get even cheaper. For example, if you’re able to do a bit of joinery or you’re good with fabrics you can turn tired of cabinets and cupboards into features, a lick of paint and they’re as good, or better, than new. (If you’re my kind of age you’ll remember particle board which turned to chips as soon as you tried to screw into it, utter rubbish!)
But you can sink an awful lot of money into a kitchen, and searching for your ideal Bosch tumble dryers, washing machine deals and dishwasher deals can only go a certain way in keeping the price down if you’re also looking for marble surfaces and solid beech panelling.
If you’re going to do it yourself you first of all need to decide if you’re going the free standing or the fitted route. Fitted gives you the convenience of being able to theme and source everything all in one place, free standing offers flexibility. Free standing also gives you the opportunity to save a little more, if you’re prepared to strip and paint then going to reclamation yards, boot sales and junkshops you can pick up any number or bargains. But remember to take a tape measure. If buying bigger than your average, make sure you can cut it down to suit as a variety of surface heights will quickly become infuriating!