BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET
Cherie Barber gives a dated kitchen and bathroom a high-end look for less.
Cherie Barber shows how she gave a drab and tired kitchen and bathroom a sleek makeover for less than $13,000.
FEW PEOPLE HAVE the luxury of an unlimited budget when it comes time to overhaul their kitchen and bathroom – traditionally the most trade-intensive and expensive rooms to renovate. For a total strip-out and fit-out, labour costs can spiral out of control once you’ve got a plumber, sparkie, carpenter, tiler, labourer and possibly a builder. And let’s not forget the stress of a kitchen or bathroom being out of action for weeks, especially if it extends to demolishing walls, installing new flooring and any external changes like windows or doors.
For my television renovations shown on The Living Room, restrictive budgets and tight timeframes are always the big enemy, so I can’t afford to let the creative juices run too wild.
This kitchen and bathroom renovation was done as part of a whole-house renovation, which cost a whisker over $60,000. And that was for a five-bedroom house with a 200 square metre footprint in a suburb that demanded a prestige renovation.