Don't Overlook These Factors When Choosing Your Budget Kitchen Installation
When you have an unlimited budget, you may not think much about the cost of choices you make for a new kitchen installation, other than the appearance of flooring, benchtops, and appliances. However, when you're on a budget, you need to consider installation and long-term costs carefully, so you can have a new kitchen that is affordable but still attractive over the years. Note a few factors you don't want to overlook when choosing items for your budget-friendly kitchen installation, so you know you'll be happy with these choices for years to come.
Kitchen benchtops should be more than just attractive; they need to be durable and strong, as they must withstand food prep, hot pots and pans, and constant wear from the underside of plates and glasses. When choosing a surface that is friendly to your budget, note the typical maintenance costs you might face over time; a less durable option may be more affordable to install, but may cost more in maintenance and repairs every year. For example, wood can be very attractive and is sealed to be durable, but it can suffer cuts and scratches and may get burned and stained somewhat easily. The surface can be sanded and then resealed, but note the thickness of the wood you choose so you know how often this can be done, and consider the cost of this work over time as well.
Many less expensive appliances are just as durable as the high-end brands; expensive appliances may offer more "bells and whistles," including pre-programming features and the ability to connect them to Wi-Fi and control them remotely, but if you don't need those options, look at warranties and energy efficiency ratings. If a less expensive appliance brand has a long-term warranty and is considered energy efficient, don't hesitate to invest in this brand to keep yourself within your budget.
As with benchtops, you need to consider more than just the installation costs when it comes to flooring. Kitchen floors are susceptible to food stains and may absorb moisture and humidity; wood floors are not typically recommended in kitchens because they get stained easily, and expand and then curve and bow as they absorb moisture, leading to repeated maintenance work over time. Poured concrete is a durable and attractive choice, as it can be painted or stained any colour and withstands stains and humidity. Vinyl is also very durable, and its dense material resists stains and water damage so it's not likely to need much maintenance over time.