The kitchen is the heart and soul of many family homes. From breakfast before school right through to a delicious family dinner, it is there that many of the best, most valuable family moments for parents and children take place.
So doesn’t the most important room in the house deserve to look and feel like exactly that?
As well as providing a comfortable, stylish venue to conduct family life, a new kitchen is a great way of adding value to your house. Different kitchens cost differing amounts based on the company you deal with, the sophistication of what you want and the size of the room, but gorgeous bespoke luxury kitchens don’t have to cost the earth.
While kitchens can look massively different on the surface, behind the array of cupboard and drawer finishes, they are very alike. And that plays into your hands. You can pick up the base and wall units that make up your cupboards, drawers and housings for appliances very cheaply from building supplies merchants and value DIY stores. For just a few hundred pounds you can buy the essential parts of a new family kitchen, leaving you to perhaps spend a little more on the doors etc. that you, your family, and your guests see.
Look out for Deals
As with everything, you can get yourself an incredible deal on beautiful, top quality kitchens if you keep your ear to the ground. Thanks to the brilliant deals regularly offered by manufacturers like Betta Living fitted kitchens that would not look out of place in any home can be yours for the price of an off-the shelf kitchen from a DIY store. As well as the wow factor and the quality of the finish, an advantage of going down this route is the offer of great customer service. Betta Living provides free home design consultations and takes you through the whole process.
Where the price of a new kitchen can really go up is in the extras you buy with it. You might decide you want new tiled flooring to match the new kitchen surface, or need a new set of appliances. As always, look out for deals here – often appliances are sold in a discounted bundle – and if you are renovating your kitchen and are happy with your floor, dishwasher or fridge, then design your new kitchen around them. The same goes for the units; if you are happy with the layout and quality, just invest in new doors, drawers and work surfaces to keep the cost under four figures.
The single biggest way to avoid overpaying for a new kitchen is to fit it yourself or with the help of friends and family. Obviously you need to know what you are doing – you don’t want to make a mess of connecting the gas cooker – but if you can rely on yourself or someone you know to put everything together, you can turn a labour bill for thousands into the cost of a few beers to and some delicious cooking when your new kitchen is complete.
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