When it comes to updating our kitchens few of us have a limitless budget to do as we please, so being clever about what we spend our budget on is the key to ensuring we get the kitchen of our dreams. Of course, the first priority is to choose a kitchen style that you love and whatever style inspires you, whether it is modern, traditional or shaker, allocating a significant proportion of your budget on cabinets is money well spent.
At Jewson Kitchens we offer a wide range of kitchens to suit all budgets, from classics such as the Clifton Ivory which is a wonderful blend of the traditional and contemporary, to the Chatsworth solid Ash kitchen which is painted to order from a choice of 30 colours.
With so many great kitchens to choose from, picking the right style for you is easy, however, knowing how best to stretch your budget can be tricky. Which is why we have come up with our list of where to spend and where to save when installing a new kitchen on a budget, check them out…
SPLURGE: Getting the infrastructure right
If your current kitchen doesn’t flow as you would like it, perhaps the hob is located in the wrong position or maybe there is a more optimum place for the sink, spending the cash on relocating these services will be money well spent. No matter how amazing your newly installed kitchen looks, if the layout doesn’t work for your household, you will soon become frustrated. Spending time and money to relocate the gas or water supply may seem like a big job but it could pay dividends in the long run and help create the kitchen of your dreams.
SAVE: On worktops
These days there are a wide range of worktops available that are not only durable but are attractive and cost-effective too, perfect for those on a budget. Within the Jewson Kitchens worktop range you will find laminates, granite, wood, Corian, Encore and M-Stone to choose from, ensuring there is a worktop to suit every budget.
SPLURGE: On appliances
Within a kitchen the appliances are the most well used items so it makes sense to opt for appliances that are of good quality and fit your needs. Of course, you can make savings along the way and not every appliance needs to be top of the range, for those with a passion for cooking, for example, investing in a statement range with extra hobs will likely be money well spent, while those less inspired in the kitchen could opt for a more standard oven/hob.
SAVE: Tiles and flooring
Tiles and flooring are those finishing touches that can really help complete a kitchen, however, the cost of buying them can soon mount up. However there are ways to save money, if, for example, you fall in love with an expensive tile, consider using it as a upstand and splashback – rather than tiling the whole wall, helping to save the cost of materials and the labour to install. When it comes to flooring options there is a wide range of great quality laminated flooring on the market which as well as being long-lasting, is easy to maintain and cheaper than real-wood alternatives. Check out the complete Jewson Kitchens tiling and flooring range here.
SPLURGE: On installation
While it may seem like something you can tackle yourself, paying a professional kitchen fitter to install your new kitchen is money well spent. Not only will your kitchen fitter have the right tools and equipment to ensure a high quality finish, but chances are they will be quicker and be able to make suggestions to maximise your space even further.
SAVE: On lighting
No doubt about it, lighting is extremely important in any room and especially so in kitchens where a mix of task and ambient lighting is necessary. However, savings can be made by opting for LED lighting which is energy efficient so saves on energy bills.
SPLURGE: On storage solutions
Within every home storage is key to ensuring it is well organised and runs efficiently, so when investing in a new kitchen, don’t be tempted to scrimp on storage solutions. In cupboards additions such as a carousel, Le Mans corner or full height larder unit can help to significantly boost available space making the kitchen work even harder.
SAVE: On the sink
If your budget is tight, opting for a simple stainless steel sink could be a great way to save some cash, not only will it look great but it will last years too. If you had your heart set on a statement sink, compromise by splurging on eye-catching tap that will add the wow-factor.
For more details on the complete range of kitchens and accessories from Jewson Kitchens, call 0800 197 6848.