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Renovating your kitchen can be both exciting and terrifying. It is one of the most difficult and invasive rooms to renovate in your home and when you add the prospect of doing it on budget and on time, kitchen renovations can turn into a painful and nerve-wracking process. One of the worst things is when hidden costs you didn’t think about crop up. To help you along in the process and avoid unnecessary additional cost and time, we have put together 5 tips to guide you.

  1. Surprises behind the wall

Although you may think you know your kitchen well, you cannot be absolutely sure what is behind the walls. Previously invisible water damage, pest problems or wiring issues will only become evident once the demolition part of the project has started. For this reason we would always recommend putting aside a contingency for your project. 10% is necessary and add more if you can. If you are lucky enough not to eat into this, you can always splash out on some nicer finishes or furniture.


  1. Surprises hidden beneath the existing flooring

As with the walls, the floor is another area of the kitchen that can be full of secrets and unexpected problems. Your contractor should have allowed for a basic level of work such as repairing any levelling issues, but it is always a good idea to discuss these details with them beforehand.

The flooring is also an area that you should not cut costs. It is the foundation of any room and the finishes should be to a high standard with good materials. You may be tempted to cut costs by laying one floor over another (tile would be a good example here) but don’t do it! It will cause problems down the line.

  1. Electrics and Fittings

Updating electrical components and fittings are a magnet for unexpected hidden costs. From poor wiring to having to relocate old sockets, there are a plethora of scenarios where you could find yourself digging deep into your pocket.

So planning is key here! It is something that can very often be forgotten at the planning stage. When you are working with an interior architect and designer, they will go through all of your lighting and electrical requirements with you, which they will detail up in a drawing. If you are planning the project yourself, look at the location of the existing sockets and switches and see how functional they will be when you have your kitchen renovated. If you are planning to change the location or add any new fittings, you should go through this with your contractor while they are pricing the project.

  1. Accessories

For every function you wish your kitchen had, there’s probably an accessory that will perform that for you, but there comes an additional cost with each of these. Yes, these are nice to have items, but how necessary are they? Or can they be purchased after the kitchen is fitted at a lower cost. So, if you are working on a tight budget, keep in mind that accessories will cost you extra, only purchase the essential items at this stage. The ‘nice-to-have’ items can easily be purchased at a later down the line and added to your kitchen.

  1. Last minute changes

Changing your initial plans last minute can add some serious costs to your kitchen renovation. This is why it is important to stick to your original plan. We know that some minor changes are likely to happen, but try to stay away from them as much as you can. Leaving important decisions to last, like deciding on different floor finishes, or even opting for a different variant of the same material, can seriously hurt your budget and create a headache for you and your contractor.

Kitchen renovating can be a tedious task, but when planned correctly and on time, it does not have to be so. Our last tip would be to hire a professional interior architect and designer, as we can lift all the stress off your shoulders. We will make sure that you and your contractor stay on budget and guide you throughout all phases of the kitchen renovation.

We have worked on some amazing kitchen renovation projects and we have a deep understanding of how to run them smoothly, on time and on budget. If you’d like to work together, or you know someone who would, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we would love to chat through it together.