Secrets to Achieving a Stunning Renovation on a Budget
Recently there has been a flood of renovation programs airing each day on our televisions. Our Pinterest and Instagram feeds are also packed with amazing before and after shots of stunning property renovations. In addition, YouTube is bursting with creative DIY clips!
As a result, it’s no surprise that renovations are becoming increasingly popular particularly in areas where vacant land is scarce. However, while we love the idea of revamping our tired old interiors and adding value to our homes, many of us feel that we cannot afford to take on the project.
Today I want to provide you with some secrets that will enable you to achieve that stunning renovation for a fraction of the cost!
Up-cycle Your Existing Cabinets
Often when we consider renovating our kitchens we envision completely ripping out our current dated kitchens. The old fashioned kitchen would then be replaced with more stylish fittings and finishes. However, there is a more cost effective alternative which will achieve a similar result. If your cabinets are still in reasonable condition, consider keeping the cabinets and only replacing the doors. With new contemporary doors and handles, your cabinetry will appear brand new!
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Transform Your Current Bench tops
Upgrading your existing bench top is an inexpensive and effective way to give your kitchen a face lift! If you currently have laminate, timber or tiled bench tops, these can be finished with a stone veneer. Basically, rather than removing your existing benches and replacing these, stone can be laid right over the top of them! This technique will give your home a high end finish without the price tag.
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Maintain Plumbing Locations
Keeping changes to your plumbing locations to a minimum will reduce plumbing costs. Simple additions in the same locations as the original fittings can make a huge impact! You may choose to replace your old sink with a modern under mount sink. Possibly even do away with those worn shower screens and upgrade to some classy frameless screens.
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Resurface Dated Fixtures
Replacing those tired looking bathtubs and basins can be quite a costly exercise! Alternatively, chipped or worn fixtures can be completely re enamelled in a colour of your choice. Professionally resurfaced fixtures look and feel brand new while saving you a lot of money and hassle.
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Hunt for Bargains
Look further than your traditional plumbing and tile stores. Opportunities to secure great deals online are endless! Be sure to also visit some discount outlets. Many stores will provide significant discounts on overstock or discontinued items.
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Save on Lighting Costs
Installing multiple light fittings such as down lights can give a sleek and modern appearance. However, the total cost of the fittings in addition to the installation costs can add up quite quickly. An alternative option is to simply replace existing light fittings with new elegant lights. Replacing one fitting for another without changing the location of lighting or adding additional points will keep electrician costs to a minimum. Feature lighting and pendants can also create a striking focal point within the room.
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Replace Taps and Door Handles
Sometimes our homes only require some small changes to freshen up the space! Swapping those old fashioned door and cabinet handles for some sleek chrome handles can create a much more modern appearance. Replacing tap ware in our kitchens and bathrooms is another cost effective idea which can really make an impact!
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Choose Pre Made Blinds
Window coverings truly have the ability to give a space a dark and outdated vibe or a modern edge. While the cost of custom made blinds can add up, off the shelf alternatives can be quite affordable! If your windows are not a standard size, opt for modern sail top curtains. These are right on trend and suit a variety of window sizes.
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Get Your Hands Dirty
A large portion of renovation budgets are often spent on labour costs. While large, complex jobs should be left to the professionals, rolling up your sleeves and attacking simple tasks can help you stay within budget. These can include handyman jobs such as replacing door and robe handles. Also, scrubbing dirty tile grout and providing a new coat of paint is quite straight forward and will really freshen up your home. Sprucing up your garden is another DIY project which can increase street appeal and add value to your home.
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With the above cost saving tips under your belt you could be on your way to finally achieving your dream renovation within your budget! Investing money in the right areas can also really stretch your budget much further.