A kitchen renovation is a lengthy and often stressful process, given just how much there is to think about. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be quite so stressful, provided that you take the proper care and consideration before jumping in head first. In this article we’re going to explore your first steps when looking at a new benchtop so that you can make a well-informed decision when it comes to which material you choose.
Step 1 – What Budget Are You Working With?
Naturally, the first step that you should take is to sit down and carefully figure out how much money you have to play with. Whilst there is no good breaking the bank and spending more money than you can afford; it is also wise not to skimp when it comes to materials either. This is because there is a clear difference between a sub-standard benchtop and one made from high-quality materials.
Step 2 – Break Your Budget Down into Areas
Once you have a clear idea as to how much you can afford to spend in total, break it down into the relative areas of a kitchen renovation:
1 – Stone Benchtops
2 – Splashbacks
3 – Cabinets
4 – Tradesmen
5 – Appliances
Do your research and find out roughly how much you’re going to spend on each. So, for tradesmen: how much are you going to be able to do in the way of DIY? If you have no experience with plumbing & electrics, then you’re going to need to account for these tradesmen. If you’re comfortable installing a stone benchtop & your splashback, then you might get away without hiring a labourer. It all really depends on you and what you require. But again, be realistic! There’s no good trying to skimp on tradespeople, only to attempt a task yourself and balls it up (or worse, hurt yourself) – Remember that trying too hard to save money can often lead to making terribly expensive mistakes.
Step 3 – Decide on Your Benchtop Material
After having broken your budget down into areas, you’ll have a clearer picture as to how much you can afford to spend on your stone benchtop. Remember that just because you’re having a new kitchen renovation, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend out thousands on brand new appliances. If something works and won’t look out of place, then you should hold onto it. The more money you save in other areas, the more money you can spend on a high-quality benchtop, – which is certainly worthwhile.
If you’re unsure as to which material is best, why not check out a reputable kitchen installation company, to get a better idea as to what’s available? Perhaps you can’t afford to go all out and buy marble benchtops for your kitchen. But, that’s not to say that a cheaper alternative such as engineered stone won’t meet your expectations. It has the natural look and feel as stone; the durability and aesthetic appeal; and it’s a fair bit cheaper as well! Again, take your time, do your research and get it right the first time.