Hidden costs when renovating your kitchen
With modern kitchens becoming more and more the centre piece of a home and no longer locked away in a separate room, many people see updating their kitchen as a key feature to the whole house. It is one of the most common renovations for British homeowners to undertake, but can have many hidden costs that turn a simple kitchen upgrade into a much more expensive exercise. Read on as I look at some of the more common pitfalls renovators encounter.
If you have older house (say 50 years or more), you may run into issues around out of square walls. Most kitchens, whether custom designed or pre-made, are designed to work with perfectly straight walls and ceilings. However, older houses can have less then perfectly 90 degree junctions which can lead to issues with installing cabinetry as it won’t all play together nicely. Most experienced kitchen installers won’t have any problems modifying the kitchen on site slightly, however it will add costs as customisations always take more time than simply installing a pre-made kitchen. When choosing your kitchen installer/maker, make sure they do a complete site measure and check before a sledgehammer gets thrown around. It could save you big headaches!
Kitchen renovation may not be completely contained to the interior of a building either. If you are looking to jump on the open plan band wagon as most people are doing, you may need to integrate new windows or doors to the exterior of the building. As soon as you make changes to the exterior of a home, you need to take into account that they may be load bearing walls involved which will need engineering and planning approval. If you are looking to use new windows, Brio make a range of clever servery style windows and exterior folding doors that work brilliantly at opening up spaces by letting in loads of natural light and air.
Plumbing costs can also be a big factor in kitchen budgets. Ideally, it is much more cost effective to keep the kitchen in the same location as the old, if however moving the kitchen has significant advantages, then be prepared for hefty plumbing costs if your house sits on a concrete slab as the slab will need to be cut and then repaired to accommodate the new pipes.