he Can you afford a new kitchen? Arnold Jardim, Dezign A Door managing director, dishes up eight secrets to renovating a kitchen on a budget…

The kitchen is the heart of a home and can add value to a property, but a new kitchen can come with a hefty price tag.

However, Jardim says that, with some planning, you can get the best value for money without cutting corners and quality.

1. Only use registered suppliers

Making every cent count – so you can live with and love your kitchen – starts with the appointment of a reputable supplier for the job.

Only use a Kitchen Specialists Associated (KSA) registered company – this will protect you should things go wrong as you’ll have recourse and a means to recoup your losses.  Shop around and ask for references while selecting your supplier.

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2. Consider what you can keep

Evaluating what you can save from your existing kitchen is another way to minimise the bottom line – freeing up the budget for other improvements.

If your kitchen cupboard carcasses are still in a good nick – consider changing the doors, reworking your colour scheme and fitting funky new handles.  If there’s budget – change the work surface to something more modern and your kitchen facelift will be complete.

3. Choose classy classics

When selecting your new doors – go for styles that are timeless yet classy.

A Venice Semi-Solid Door – also known as a Shaker door – is a good option that’s ageless and will have widespread appeal. This look works in both a natural wood finish and a painted MDF (medium density fibre) option.

One of the most popular cupboard choices currently is door styles with integrated handles – or handless options.  Don’t be swayed by popular opinion though – you need your home to reflect your personality and if the rest of the house is more traditional – then this change could look out of place.

The same applies to the current on-trend finishes: white oak with natural effect paint gives an “unfinished” natural feel. It is great when combined with grey. It’s true – two-tone oak and colour combining are stylish but if this doesn’t resonate with you – don’t do it.

If your home is open plan, make sure the new kitchen will work with the room it flows into.

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