Luxury for less
Feel as though your kitchen could do with updating, or even renovating, but don’t know where to start? Matthew Bird, owner of Granite Transformations in Cheltenham, gives his top tips on where to invest and where to save, how to create a luxury kitchen fo
When it comes to home renovations, we all wish we had an endless budget to truly personalise every aspect of our homes. Sadly, this is not always the case. It can be tempting to invest our budget in current trends, which become tired and lose value over time. The hardest part is knowing which trends are worth taking notice of and how to implement them in your home.
With Matthew’s top tips on how to get a luxury kitchen for less and when it is better to splash the cash, you could have the space you have always dreamed of.
1. KEY TRENDS WHICH COST LESS THAN YOU THINK
One of the key trends of the season is the use of natural materials. A great design feature for kitchens is using a standard finish and then adding a natural element to the space – maybe a timber peninsula or a built-in chopping board.
A great way to save money is by saving on unit costs. Cheap carcasses can be smart spending but basic requirements are still required. You will need a minimum 15mm construction carcass which is adjustable and has a five-year warranty. Once you have the units in place, reface cupboard doors as opposed to replacing them. It takes half the time and looks just as impressive – plus you will save on labour costs too.
2. MAKE THE MOST OF EXISTING ELEMENTS
Design your kitchen so that it uses the full height of the room, as this will make an impact compared to standard-height units. You could also make features of an existing chimney breast or extend your current island unit.
Researching and finding design items not normally seen in mainstream kitchen showrooms can provide that luxurious impact. You can also think about using non-standard thickness worktops and complementary electrical goods, whilst incorporating accent lighting.
3. SAVE CASH BY RESEARCHING CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES
Granite Transformations’ Origina surface is a flexible alternative to worktops, upstands and flooring, whilst Karndean is a great alternative to natural wood flooring. You can reign in your budget by finding good quality electrical goods that aren’t the usual big name brands.
Don’t be afraid to source alternative products. Cheap does not always mean value for money and expensive does not always mean quality. Function should always be the number one priority in kitchen design.
4. FIND THE RIGHT FITTER FOR THE JOB
Planning is important to save money and simple things like knowing where your plumbing and electrical services are before designing the kitchen will minimise your installation cost. You can then spend what you save on accessories such as a slimline sink, water-filter tap, unique kitchen unit handles or mood lighting.
A quality installer is everything but they come with a price! A good fitter will take time to ensure that there are concealed joints and scribed panels with no cheap stick-on trims. All your wiring and pipes will be concealed with no surface-mounted trunking. Together, these many small touches form a perfect installation.
‘Function should always be the number one priority in kitchen design’