In our minds, we all have an idea of our dream home – and usually, especially our dream kitchen. After all, the kitchen is the hub of the home, the place where we unwind after a hard day, feed our families and entertain our friends. Our dream kitchen is usually a composite of ones we have seen in magazines and the homes of people we know. But with so many other financial priorities, how do you afford that dream kitchen? Well, there are ways to make your renovation more affordable and still get exactly what you want.
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Your dream kitchen could be closer than you think. Image via Unsplash.
Change Up Your Doors
If you're happy with the layout and the basic arrangement of your kitchen, but it needs a face lift, there's an easy way to save some cash. A lot of retailers sell replacement kitchen doors, so you can keep your current cabinets but give them a whole new look for less. Even just painting the existing doors and adding new handles and fixtures can create a totally fresh impression. Finding good quality kitchen doors in a huge range of styles online is quite easy. Combine that with a fresh coat of paint for the walls, some brand new blinds, kitchen accessories – and you could be a lot closer to the room you pictured without breaking the bank.
Compromise On The Extras
When it comes to refurbishing your kitchen, there are some costs it isn't wise to cut corners on, but equally there are other areas where you can save some money. Do you really need a porcelain Belfast sink? Or does a cheaper stainless steel model work just as well? Extra luxuries like that are where costs really tend to mount up, and they aren't necessarily. Cheaper alternatives can be just as functional, so work out what you can compromise on. In general, it's better to spend money on quality appliances and worktops, as well as flooring, while other things can be done at a lesser cost. Use a site like cardguru to compare credit deals and make sure that you're purchasing everything at the best rate you can secure – there's no point spending more than you have to on interest payments.
Learn Some New Tricks
Getting DIY savvy not only lets you learn some new skills but can save you a lot of money! Although it wouldn't be wise to tackle jobs like plumbing as an unqualified amateur, there are also areas where you can get great results if you have a go. Painting or tiling and laying flooring are all things that it's relatively easy to do – and there are lots of instructional videos on how to tile a kitchen out there. If you're fairly confident with practical stuff, it could be a great way to make your project more affordable.
Start A Savings Plan
If you don't want to use credit to finance your new kitchen, it's time to revisit your budget and see where you could make a few cutbacks in order to start saving. Are there obvious areas where you're spending too much, like the food shopping or the power bills? Are there unused subscriptions you could cancel off? Are you willing to go a few months without meals out and cinema visits? Where there's a will, there's a way. With a few adjustments, that dream kitchen could be just a few paychecks away.
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