Your kitchen is a crucial part of your home. But with the average cost of professional kitchen renovations costing between $12,000 and $16,000, full-scale remodelling doesn't come cheap. Don't despair if this figure sounds obscene. Practical design choices will make your kitchen efficient, provided you're not redoing your flooring and making other major changes. Follow these clever kitchen transformations under $3000.
Refurbish Old Cabinets And Walls With A Paint Job
If you already have cabinets in your kitchen, don't replace them with new ones because this could set you back a few thousands. The average cost of painting your kitchen in Australia will cost you between $10 and $30 per square metre. If you have an average kitchen size, then you can expect to pay just a few hundreds of dollars (including material cost) for this painting task, which is significantly less than the cost of new cabinets.
Be Prudent With Your Kitchen Sink Installation Cost
Professional kitchen renovations don't have to be ultra expensive to be useful. A single stainless steel kitchen sink starts at a cost of $200 and can go up to $3,000. Installation costs between $100 and $150. Fixtures like basic kitchen taps start from $40 and can go up to $500 for higher quality taps. If you're on a tight budget, the minimum costs you will pay for the kitchen sink (including installation) will cost you $340.
Plan To Integrate A Plastic Laminate Kitchen Benchtop
If you're not too specific about colour and don't mind classic whites, greys and blacks, then plastic laminate benchtops are the most cost effective solution. Plastic laminate starts from $100 for a 25 mm thick benchtop, which is 2.4 m X 600 m in length. A slightly better quality version will cost you $300. Installation will likely set you back a few hundreds.
Install LED Lighting For Reduced Running Costs
You absolutely cannot afford poor lighting in your kitchen because it ensures safety while utilising sharp knives and kitchen tools during food preparation. Existing lighting will need to be upgraded to suit the look of your new budget-friendly kitchen. LED lights may sound costly to you upfront, but they are 85 percent cheaper in running costs than traditional incandescent bulbs. LED lights start from $7.43 and can go up to $79.95. Down light kits start from $19.99. Your electrician will typically charge you between $70 and $95 per hour for regular wiring jobs. For LED installations, you may need to shell out between $60 and $75 per point.
Professional kitchen renovations don't always have to be high-priced when you know where to look. These clever kitchen transformations will cost you under $3000.