COUNT­ING THE COST

STYLE GURU NEALE WHI­TAKER SHARES HIS TIPS FOR REN­O­VAT­ING YOUR KITCHEN ON A BUD­GET

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Peo­ple of­ten ask me about what I think the av­er­age cost of a kitchen ren­o­va­tion is... but it’s not quite that sim­ple. It’s like ask­ing ‘how long is a piece of string?’. Home ren­o­va­tion all de­pends on size and qual­ity.

It’s easy to sink tens of thou­sands of dol­lars into a kitchen ren­o­va­tion. But, if you want an im­pact with­out blow­ing the bud­get, there are a few clever tips for achiev­ing a high-end look for a smaller spend.

One of the main ad­van­tages about a re­fresh rather than a to­tal ren­o­va­tion is smaller cos­metic changes can be tack­led one at a time un­til you have your dream kitchen.

KEEP IT SIM­PLE

Mov­ing plumb­ing and electrics can be ex­pen­sive when look­ing at over­haul­ing your kitchen area.

A whole new re­fit may be nice, but if you can stick to the ex­ist­ing lay­out, leav­ing ap­pli­ances in their orig­i­nal con­di­tion, you’ll free up more money for the fin­ishes.

KEEP THE CUP­BOARDS

If you are just go­ing for a cos­metic change, keep as much of your ex­ist­ing kitchen as you can, es­pe­cially if it is in good con­di­tion.

The car­cass (in­te­rior of your cup­boards) can be saved and you can sim­ply change things such as doors and sur­faces.

BENCH­TOPS

Stone bench­tops can be twice the price of lam­i­nate but are still cheaper than mar­ble, and, in my opin­ion, they’re worth the ex­tra cash.

The con­crete look is very on trend at the mo­ment, and the ma­te­rial is ac­tu­ally made from stone.

For more ex­pert life­style ad­vice, go to life­style.com.au.

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