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April 12, 2011, 10:03 am betterhomesgardens
When it comes to kitchen remodelling, it pays to get the basics right.
Group your appliances – instead of having your fridge, microwave and oven dotted around the kitchen, stack or fit them together in a single bank of cabinet to maximise impact. As your fridge and pantry need to be as easily accessible from the living space as from the kitchen, it’s a good idea to place these near the kitchen entrance.
Flat-pack kitchens are a godsend if you have only a shoestring budget as the cabinets and benchtops come at a fraction of the cost of a bespoke kitchen. Cabinetry, benchtops and splashback can add up to 60 per cent of the renovation cost, so savings can be substantial. To lower costs further, choose a vinyl vacuum wrap, shown here, over a two-pack polyurethane finish.
Once you’ve ripped out the old kitchen, paint the walls before you install your new kitchen cabinets and before you lay new flooring. It’s a quick in-and-out job for the painter so ought to be less expensive. Try Dulux Grey Pebble Half, a subtle neutral grey that goes brilliantly with white.If a glass splashback is high on your wish list, get the look for much less with a virtually identical polymer-based product. Available in standard or bespoke colours, order
it from selected hardware stores for about $200/m², as opposed to $500/m² (the approximate price of glass). The only catch is, it’s not heat resistant, so go for glass behind your cooktop.
Laminate is an affordable and attractive benchtop surface. For a desirable and contemporary stone slab appearance, opt for a square front edge.Plan your kitchen layout
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