The kitchen can be one of the most expensive areas of your home to renovate, but it is possible to give your home a new lease of life without breaking the bank. An affordable kitchen doesn’t have to mean a poor quality kitchen, and £5,000 is more than enough to revamp your kitchen and make a big impact with a small budget.
A few key changes, careful planning, and thoughtful choices can keep costs down and help your budget stretch further. From keeping the same layout to DIY installation to choosing cost-effective materials, this article looks at some of the ways you can create your dream kitchen with your ideal budget.
Keep the Layout the Same
One of the best ways to update your kitchen whilst keeping costs down is to retain your kitchen’s original layout. Changing the layout will instantly drive up costs, so keeping the layout the same and simply updating a few elements will be much more cost-effective and will still give your kitchen the fresh look and feel it needs.
Keep the sink and dishwasher in the same place, as hiring plumbers to change their location and alter your kitchen’s plumbing will increase costs. Likewise, keep appliances and lighting in the same location, as moving the oven, fridge, microwave, lights, and any other appliances will cost more as you’ll need to hire an electrician to fit new sockets, rewire switches, and install lighting.
DIY Install Your Kitchen
Installation can be one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen renovation, so you can cut down costs by installing your kitchen yourself. This will depend on the level of your DIY skills, but some tasks you could complete yourself include painting, tiling, installing shelving, and replacing cabinet doors and handles. There are also plenty of online videos, how-to articles, classes, and demonstrations which will help you to complete projects yourself.
Of course, if you’re not confident in your DIY skills, it will always be worth hiring a professional to fit your kitchen to ensure a top-quality finish and avoid wasting money on botched jobs you tried to complete yourself. You could always complete simple tasks like painting yourself and hire a tradesman for more difficult tasks like fitting your worktops.
Refresh Rather Than Replace
Rather than ripping out whole cabinets and replacing them with new ones, it’s much more cost-effective to work with what you already have by updating and refreshing your existing units instead. New kitchen cabinets can be expensive, especially if you need them to be custom made to your space.
Give your cupboard doors a fresh coat of paint. Simply sand down, prime, and paint cupboard doors to invigorate the space. Painting doors white will brighten your space and give it a modern feel, or choose a red, orange, or purple for a pop of colour, whilst deep blues, greys, and greens feel bold, cosy, and luxurious.
Alternatively, refacing cabinets with new doors is cheaper than getting all new cabinets. Simply keep the cabinet carcass and replace the unit doors and drawer fronts with a new frontage such as birch plywood, hardwood, vinyl-wrap, glass, or high-gloss to give your kitchen a new lease of life.
You can also refresh existing cabinet doors with new handles. There are many choices when updating your handles, from steel cup handles and sleek bar handles to t-bar handles and copper knobs.
Choose Cost-Effective Alternatives
A great way to redo a kitchen for under £5,000 is to opt for cost-effective alternatives to designer finishes. For worktops, laminate finishes are more affordable than granite or marble, but can offer the same effect and look indistinguishable from the real thing.
When choosing appliances, consider whether you really need a fridge-freezer with smart features when basic appliances will do the job just as well and be much more cost-effective. When choosing a kitchen sink, stainless steel is high-quality and low-cost when compared to ceramic or granite sinks, and provides stain and heat resistance.
Try repurposing old items – for example, an old desk or table could be upcycled and transformed into a kitchen island. When it comes to lighting, LED strip lights are an inexpensive option, and when fitted beneath units can provide all the ambience and task lighting you need.
Get Free Design Advice
You can also choose a more affordable range from your favourite kitchen company without compromising on quality. Optiplan offers kitchens from £4,406 to help you get a kitchen for under £5000. We also offer free design advice so that you can get your dream kitchen at your desired budget.