Once you’ve set your budget, speak to your supplier about their recommendations – remember they do this every day, and so have a huge amount of experience making the most of a homeowner’s spend. They will outline both the timings and costings of your project. This is prime opportunity to think about where your investment should be spent, and how you may be able to make some cost-savings. Below are just a few of our tips to help your money go further.
1) Trust in a few reliable suppliers. Getting this right can be the difference in a project working smoothly or not. You may have heard the saying ‘measure twice, cut once’, and employing people whose expertise you trust will ensure you don’t have to invest in snagging once the project is complete. It might be worth speaking to a number of suppliers about their skills before you make any commitments; you will be spending a lot of time together on this project, so finding people you trust is paramount to both the success of the project and your peace of mind. Many suppliers also offer interest-free credit programmes, so shop around for the best solution for your budget.
2) Shop Smarter. You can pick up some wonderful kitchen furniture second hand, and create a beautifully eclectic and unique finish by mix-and-matching some of your favourite pieces. Tableware, stools, mugs and decorations are a great place to start.
3) Choose freestanding. Housing your appliances and gadgets in cupboards is more expensive than placing them on countertops or having them freestanding.
4) Invest in good lighting. Lighting can make all the difference in the final look and feel of your kitchen, and is a reasonably cheap element of kitchen design. Downlights, spotlights and event statement pendant lights create fantastic atmosphere, and won’t blow the budget.
5) Avoid moving your utilities and services. This goes without saying, but if you can keep your utilities in their existing places, this will save you what is quite often a large expenditure.
6) Take expert advice. If you have a vision in mind, it may be that your chosen supplier advises that you wait a little while longer and save for a more substantial budget. Although there are some shortcuts and DIYs you may be able to make along the way, this is ultimately a project you will have to live with day-in-day-out, so ensuring it is exactly the way you envision will be worth the wait.