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Five Tips on How to Save On Your Kitchen Renovation

The idea of a kitchen renovation can be exciting, but it can also be daunting when you consider the time and the expense involved. Here in Australia, the average kitchen renovation is just over $20,000, but if you don’t keep an eye on that bottom line, you can spend well over $40,000 on this one room alone.

Interested in keeping your kitchen renovation costs down? Then read on to learn how you can save thousands of dollars when building your dream kitchen.

1. Don’t mess with the floor plan

One of the most expensive undertakings when renovating a kitchen is changing the existing plumbing and electrical cabling (this is especially true if your floor is concrete). Whenever possible, leave the existing fixtures like the kitchen sink and load bearing walls where they are.

2. Consider a flat-pack kitchen

Homeowners can purchase flat-pack kitchens for less than $5,000 (not including the appliances). If you’re already handy and have the tools needed, this can be a budget-friendly alternative for renovating your kitchen. But remember you will need extra time or pay extra to put together the flat pack components.

3. Explore benchtop alternatives

Granite may be a popular choice, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative, strongly consider laminate. Laminate no longer looks like a cheap substitute. In fact, newer laminates are so polished that they look very architectural!

For those with a bit more flexibility with the benchtop budget, you can get creative and blend different materials. For example, laminate on the benchtop of the outside perimeter cabinets with a stone kitchen island benchtop work well together.

4. Ditch the middleman

Why pay a premium for something when you can go out there and get it yourself?

Here at Kitchen Shack, you can have your kitchen designed in one of our three convenient locations and pay only a fraction of the cost that you would have otherwise spent if you visited a retailer.

5. Choose ready-to-assemble cabinets

The kitchen cabinets can often be the greatest expense for any kitchen remodel. Go the custom route, and you’re looking at cabinets which will easily cost you $20,000 plus and may even have a price tag of $40,000 or more.

Assembled cabinets are the way to go when you are keeping an eye on your hard earned dollars. You will spend so much less per metre than if you take the custom-designed route.

The standard kitchen cabinets at Kitchen Shack are a great solution to your cabinetry woes. Our cabinets are fully assembled and specifically designed for your space and the style of your home.

Put together your dream kitchen with Kitchen Shack.

Here at Kitchen Shack, you can design your dream Melbourne kitchen and then be as much – or as little – a part of the installation process as you’d like to maximise your savings. We offer ideal cost-effective kitchen renovation options for homeowners, home builders, investment property owners, and more.

Book a free in-store design and quote at any one of our three kitchen showrooms throughout the Melbourne area online today!