Friday, 23 August 2013

Updating the heart of the home


The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home and can make or break the sale of a property. Similarly, it can add thousands of pounds onto the value of a home if tastefully and practically designed in the eyes of the purchaser. While most kitchen installations will structurally last 10 years or more, doors and fittings can become tired, shabby and dated, so many home-owners opt to buy a brand new kitchen to accommodate their changing tastes and style.

However, what if the layout of your kitchen meets your needs and the internal cupboards are of sound quality? Changing your kitchen completely can be costly, time consuming and may add discord to your home environment. Coping with dismantled units, work tools and dust can be a stressful experience and eating takeaways might be a novelty for a couple of days but frustrating for a few weeks while the work is completed. A complete kitchen refit may incur additional charges as the old units are ripped out such as re-tiling, plastering, flooring and plumbing.

The good news is that it is often not necessary to commission a complete refit to create a brand new look. Replacement kitchen doors, drawer fronts and handles can create the look of a fresh and pristine room in less than half the time of a complete installation. You can also purchase unit ends and kick plates to match the colouring and style of the replacement items.

In addition to the costs saved by keeping your existing units, significant savings can also be made by fixing the replacements yourself. You may need someone to help you with heavy items but even a novice D.I.Y enthusiast should manage the task. Update the look further with a fresh coat of paint. If you do this before you fit the replacements, it can be drying while you work.

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With the money you have saved on replacing versus a complete overhaul (and takeaways), shop to your hearts’ content on accessories to finish off your updated heart of the home then sit back and relax with kitchen door direct.


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