It’s only once you’ve moved into a house that you discover its true character – and all those little quirks and foibles too. There will be all the features that attracted you to it in the first place, but you may also find that there are unexpected or undiscovered flaws that take the sheen off your purchase.
The room that most commonly lets the side down is the kitchen. Unless you’ve inspected it thoroughly, the likelihood is that once all the trimmings have been taken away, you may find that it’s not quite what you thought it was. The question is: what do you do about it? Do you replace, or renovate?
The price of replacement
Considering you’ve just bought a house, the chances are that you may not be in a position to make a further significant financial investment. According to ‘Which?’ magazine, the average cost of replacing a kitchen is £8,000. Once you’ve splashed out on buying a house, it’s completely understandable that you may not want to or might not be able to rustle up such a large sum of money to replace a kitchen. In addition, most homeowners don’t buy properties to have to replace a room; most of us are busy people who simply want to move in and get on with our lives.
Mess and inconvenience
As well as being expensive, replacing a kitchen can be a messy and inconvenient business. Firstly, there’s the ripping out, which can cause all sorts of mess and, secondly, there’s the fact that you might well be without cooking facilities for a length of time. On top of that, you may find that you have to redecorate to create the right environment for your new kitchen, incurring further expense. So, what’s the best alternative?
Kitchen cabinet doors
Replacing the cabinet doors, drawers and even the worktops is a much simpler, cheaper and far less inconvenient option than choosing a complete refit. Doors and worktops are available in a variety of materials, colours and finishes, allowing you the option to either upgrade your kitchen’s existing look or change it altogether.
Another common problem with ‘inherited’ kitchens is that many of them have been altered in order to suit the space. Many people buy standard kitchen units, only to find that their kitchen isn’t quite as ‘standard’ as they thought it might be. This can mean that units have to be altered to fit which, in turn, can mean that there are units that don’t have properly fitting doors.
Using a company that replaces kitchen doors can solve this problem with the minimum of fuss. Many companies will make doors to your exact specifications, meaning that you can buy bespoke doors to fit all those quirky little spaces, adding character and order to your culinary headquarters.
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Set the tone for your home
Your kitchen’s appearance sets the tone for the rest of your house. It’s the room where you cook, eat and entertain, so it’s perfectly natural that you want this room to look as good as it can. However, there’s no need to go ripping out units and spending weeks living off microwave meals. If you replace, rather than renovate, you can have what looks like a brand new kitchen in days, rather than weeks, and for a fraction of the cost, too.