Budgeting your kitchen renovation

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It’s never easy to commit to a kitchen renovation. One is always concerned about the noise, disruption and the cost of renovating. While some disruption during the process is inevitable, at least when it comes to budgeting your project we can help. Here are a few tips on how to establish a renovation budget.
Identify what you want to keep
If looking to do the project within a budget one should consider re-using parts of their existing kitchen. Your oven, fridge, chimney and hob could be reused if in proper condition. If you are fine with the location of your water inlets and outlets then you can save on redoing the plumbing, and the same is true for electrical work. You might even consider reusing the original flooring.
Set priorities
What is the goal of the renovation? Do you want to Increase space, change the look and feel, or make it more functional for your changing requirements? Make a priority list of what you care about, this will help you pick and choose tasks when fitting the renovation into your budget.

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Modular Kitchen Renovation Cost Breakdown
Most modular kitchen companies will give you a rate that seems quite low, but one must note that they are only referring to the cabinets. When it comes to a holistic budget one needs to consider the cost of plumbing, electrical, tiling, painting etc.
The cost of renovating a typical 8’X 10’ size kitchen with branded materials and midrange specifications should be around Rs. 4 Lacks. The budget break down per task is as follows:
Modular cabinets: 40% (includes good quality hardware, and laminate finish)
Electrical: 17% (includes hob, chimney, fans and geyser)
Plumbing: 11% (includes kitchen sink and faucet)
Tiles: 7% (floor and walls)
Doors and Windows: 12%
False ceiling: 3% (includes recessed lights)
Kitchen Counter: 3%
Misc. civil work: 7% (includes demolition of existing kitchen, waterproofing, painting etc.)
Please note that this budget doesn’t include larger appliances such as a fridge, OTG or microwave oven.
Also it is always advisable to keep an additional 15% of the budget available for unplanned tasks that might come up once your old kitchen is removed.
This basic thumb rule guide should get you on the right track in terms of preparing a budget, you can go high end with your cabinet finishes if your budget allows it, or cut some costs down by choosing not to redo the electricals and plumbing as mentioned before.
And finally to avoid going above budget, stick to the plan
How much extra you spend is completely dependent on you, once you have decided on a reasonable number, stick to it. Making changes through the course of a project leads to cascading budget increases that will surprise you at the end.
Hope these tips help you plan your upcoming kitchen renovation.

Get creative by reusing old materials for sustainable and cost effective renovations.

Sustainable development begins from sustainable thinking. Before you begin building, do take a good idea of the direction of the breeze and sun at different times of the day. Speculate how seasons would change the course of the wind and light, and then build accordingly to optimize on the breeze and natural light, thus saving electricity consumption. Apart from this, here are few more points you may want to keep track of:

 

1) Re-Use whatever you can.

2) Dispose of material in a responsible manner. Recycle whatever you can.

3) Use effective insulation.

4) Try and use as much solar energy as possible.

5) See if you can create a small rainwater catchment and use that water for irrigating gardens.

6) If possible, create a roof garden to keep the interiors cooler.

7) Choose native plants that are accustomed to the climate, as they would require less water and maintenance

8) Refurbish furnishings to reduce landfills

9) Locate rooms most used (kitchen, lounge and bedrooms) on the side of the house orientated to the North. Locate rooms to take advantage of winter sun and cooling summer breezes. Thermal mass can be achieved by locating utility areas (laundries, bathrooms and garages) on the south or west where possible, avoid locating sleeping rooms on the west.

10) Consider window size and placement to promote and enhance cross- ventilation to the south, east and west.

 

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