Cheaper is rarely better when it comes to your kitchen refit
- 3 minute read
- Jun 1st, 2023
Cheaper kitchen renovations really can be a false economy if your sacrifice quality for cost savings. After all, you get what you pay for!
Renovating your kitchen is never going to be a cheap option. A lot depends on your space, what is already in there, and what exactly you want done; but whatever your dream design may be, transforming your kitchen is a serious investment. We are all having to think more about the money we’re spending, and it can be all too tempting to cut corners as far as your kitchen is concerned. However, you can also all too easily find that what you are saving today can come back and bite you tomorrow!
While there are a lot of ways you might save money on your kitchen renovation, one of the most perilous ways to cut corners is when it comes to your choice of materials. Obviously, at the high end, you have your solid pieces of marble or quartz, which may be the fashionable choice, but are incredibly expensive and can come with their own long-term issues. If you’re wanting to save on your kitchen worktops, you might be tempted to opt for low-cost materials such as laminates, which certainly look the business at first glance.
Yes, you’ll be saving a lot of money, but it won’t be long before you see why these kinds of materials are so much cheaper. You might not notice much of a difference immediately after they have been installed, but you sure will as time goes on. For a start, even within a couple of months, you’ll notice some separation at the joins as the material naturally expands, contracts, and settles into place. For surfaces close to a heat source, such as a radiator or oven, you might even start to see unsightly lines appearing within a few days or weeks.
Engineered stone surfaces, such as our granite, quartz, and recycled glass overlay worktops might be the answer. They are less expensive than solid pieces of stone and are also significantly longer lasting. All our etherium® By E-stone surfaces are bonded together using our Foreverseal® polymer which not only ensures they hold their shape, but also acts much like a protective enamel against all kinds of damage. All in all, they are far more durable than their cheaper counterparts. While higher quality materials, like our engineered stone overlays, may cost more upfront, they can ultimately save you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs or renovations down the line.
Also, don’t forget that, if done properly, a newly renovated kitchen can not only improve your quality of life, but also add value to your home. How your kitchen looks is a huge factor in how buyers perceive the value and appeal of your house and, even if you are not planning on selling anytime soon, looking after your kitchen may be the single most important thing you can do to protect your home’s value. On the other hand, if you try to cut corners by using cheap materials, or by choosing a low-quality contractor, you may end up with a kitchen that looks cheap and poorly made. This could actually decrease the value of your home and make it less appealing to potential buyers – not to mention create an ongoing nightmare for you.
A kitchen renovation with Granite & TREND Transformations is not the cheapest on the market, but it certainly isn’t the most expensive either. Our prices occupy a sweet spot we like to call “affordable luxury”: a high-end look of excellent quality, but without breaking the bank. You’ll get a wonderful new look only surpassed by the most extravagantly expensive of boutique, designer brands, and all at a fraction of the cost.
If you would like to talk more about costing your dream kitchen renovation, get in touch with us today. We think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised! You can find your nearest showroom here.