Cherie Bar­ber gives a dated kitchen and bath­room a high-end look for less.

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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.

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