Real estate experts advise that one of the best renovations you can do to improve your home's resale value is a kitchen remodel. If you are on a budget but would like to update your small kitchen, you can get the most bang for your buck without breaking the proverbial bank.
Cabinets can be one of the most expensive items in a remodel if they are completely replaced. You can save a lot of money, however, by refacing them yourself. You can either paint or stain the cabinets, but whichever you choose, make sure to degrease them well before applying paint or stain. Replacing old hardware also updates the kitchen's look dramatically for very little cash---usually around £65.
If you are just a little bit handy, you can install new flooring and save on the cost of labour. Laying tile flooring is relatively easy, but can be time consuming; set aside at least two days to install the tile. Most wood or laminate wood flooring is tongue-and-groove construction, making it easy to install, and it brings warmth to the room. Peel-and-stick laminate flooring is the simplest to install, but it is not as durable as tile or wood.
Another huge expense, new countertops, usually are great as a return investment---if you can afford them. Granite is all the rage these days, but it is an expensive option. Laminate countertops are the most affordable and a good option if granite or manufactured stone are price prohibitive. Another option? Concrete. Relatively inexpensive to install and quite durable (with minimal upkeep), concrete offers a modern take on the hardworking kitchen countertop.
The backsplash is a great place to show some personality. A wide variety of materials can be used, such as ceramic or glass tiles, plastics that look like old-fashioned ceiling tins, granite, stainless steel or even your countertop material. Add a fun or funky design or some painted tiles, or create a cool mosaic with glass tiles. For just a small investment, your new kitchen can have a lot of pizazz---all because of a groovy backsplash.
New Sink and Fixtures
A new sink and fixtures complete the look for your new kitchen. Stainless steel is a timeless option for a sink, with virtually no upkeep. Update fixtures for next to a song, and doing the dishes in your renovated kitchen just might be an enjoyable experience.