Revamping or renewing a kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to update in the house. There are a couple of things to consider before deciding on completely ripping out your existing kitchen and replacing with a new one.
- If the cupboard carcasses are OK it may be cost effective to replace the doors and maybe the worktop rather than replace it all.
- A laminate worktop could be replaced with a granite one. This can give an old kitchen a completely new lease of life.
- If you have solid wood doors, a clean, gentle rub down and re-oil will make a huge difference
- Hinges and drawer runners can be replaced or upgraded with the latest soft closing type for just a few pounds per cupboard.
Its possible to save a considerable amount of money by replacing or cleaning doors, replacing a worn out work top and upgrading the hinges and drawer runners buy doing the work yourself. Much of the cost in replacing a kitchen is the labour.
If you do decide to have a new kitchen then much of the work has to be done by qualified electricians and plumbers (gas) which can add to the costs.
A project to consider if you have a quality solid wood kitchen doors and the basics are ok is to replace the work top with a granite one (gives a very expensive kitchen feel), change the hinges for soft closers and refurbish the doors.