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How Much Does A New Kitchen Cost?
Perhaps you have moved into a new home and cannot live with the current kitchen layout, or maybe the kitchen that has served you well over the decades while bringing up a family is beginning to look a little worn around the edges. The first question you will probably be asking yourself is "How much does a new kitchen cost?" To answer that question, we have put together some tips and ideas for you. The good news? It might not cost as much money as you think!
Think of your budget
The most important thing to consider when planning a new kitchen is setting a realistic budget. Remodeling can sometimes run away with your plans, and what started out as a small refurbishment ends up costing well above what you had initially set aside. With your budget in mind, consider our next step.
Reviewing your current kitchen
Take a good, impartial look at your kitchen and consider whether you need a total kitchen refurbishment or are looking at refreshing the look or replacing some elements of the kitchen. It’s true that some kitchens probably do need to be redone completely. Perhaps you have worked in a kitchen that is not very well planned for years, or maybe your kitchen works just as you like it but looks tired and could use a refresh with new appliances and cabinets. Once you have decided what you want to do with your current kitchen, you will have a better idea of whether the budget you have set yourself is realistic or you need to increase it.
Budget kitchen ideas
Maybe you are in a rental and don’t want to spend your hard-earned savings on refurbishing your landlord’s kitchen. There are still ways you can refresh the look of your kitchen and give it a personal touch without breaking the bank. Ask your landlord before you change the paintwork or add extra kitchen equipment, especially if it means putting in something that needs plumbing, such as a dishwasher.
There are many easy fixes that will update the tired look of a rental apartment, such as renewing the curtains or blinds and giving all the surfaces a good cleaning. Do not forget to declutter and organize your cabinet space to make use of every inch of the kitchen, and then bring in some potted plants for a touch of nature.
Try to choose one color for dishes or appliances. White is a great choice, even for more expensive kitchens; with white dishes and accessories, such as this Toaster Oven Broiler, there is never any problem matching up in the event of future breakages. This sort of kitchen refresh can be achieved for under $500, and if you are a thrift store shopper, you might spend even less.
Renewing a current kitchen
Let’s say that as a homeowner, your current kitchen is okay for you. It is workable, but it looks tired and needs some TLC. With a lower budget - below $2000 - you could refresh the paintwork and replace some smaller appliances. Perhaps you could change out cabinet doors to give it a modern look and buy a new sideboard, like this Buffet Storage Cabinet Kitchen Sideboard. Small changes like this will give you the look of a new kitchen while being easier on your wallet.
Perhaps replacing older appliances with a range of new ones is all you want to do. Sometimes this will immediately update the look of a kitchen, even without pulling out all the cabinets. Add a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and window treatments, and that might be all you need to do to improve the look of your current kitchen. This type of refurbishment could cost anywhere from $3000 to $5000. This is an easy fix if your budget is within this range.
A total refurbishment of your kitchen can cost upwards of $10,000. Depending on the materials you want to use and whether you will need a tradesman to fit it, the budget will be considerably higher than the other options. However, there is no doubt that having a kitchen that is just how you like it is always money well spent.
Having a new kitchen can cost as little or as much as you'd like. You just have to decide on your budget. Sometimes all you need to do is give your current kitchen a refresh and maybe renew some appliances or invest in a new kitchen unit to change the entire look of your kitchen.