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Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Here are some amazing kitchen renovation ideas that can make a huge difference in your home renovation.

Kitchen Cabinets Above the Refrigerator

First on the list of kitchen renovation ideas is if you’re considering installing new kitchen cabinets, definitely take into consideration the depth of the kitchen cabinet above the refrigerator. Often, the kitchen cabinet above the refrigerator is about 12 inches and it’s really hard to reach up there and actually get to it!

This makes the kitchen cabinet over the fridge almost unusable for most people. To make matters worse, since it’s hard to reach, you’ll probably end up sending stuff on top of the fridge, which not only makes the kitchen look cluttered, but it also blocks the cabinet doors from opening too!

So, if you’re going to put a kitchen cabinet above the refrigerator, you might as well make it stick out all the way flush with the front of the refrigerator or pretty close to that.

You won’t even notice the minuscule difference in price, but you will be much more easily able to use this kitchen cabinet and it’ll help keep your kitchen looking tidy since you can hide that clutter that would otherwise be sitting on top of the fridge behind the doors of this kitchen cabinet.

And while you are at it, you should probably also consider doing a refrigerator panel on the side of the fridge. So, this way, it really just closes it in the refrigerator nicely. You can even use this panel to hang coffee mugs.

Add A Pull Up Trash Can Drawer

Adding a pull up trashcan drawer can make your kitchen look ultra-tidy and completely hide the trash and recycling bin neatly into a drawer of your kitchen. And speaking of building things into your kitchen cabinets, you might want to reserve a spot for a beverage fridge too!

These beverage fridges or wine coolers come in different sizes, so you should consider going with a standard size cutout that will accommodate the mini fridge.

Installing the beverage fridge really added a nice touch to the appearance of your kitchen and contribute to the wow factor of our home renovation. And it also gives you a lot of extra refrigerator space in addition to allowing you to better organize your kitchen and home.

Open Shelving

Open shelving in the kitchen has become very popular, and it’s a desirable trend in kitchen renovations. When it’s done properly, it can really enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen and make it feel much more open and airy. And it can also save you a ton of money in your remodel.

To add a big wow factor, you could do a giant backsplash that spans from the countertop all the way to the top of the ceiling.

You don’t need to go all out on a backsplash if you are on a budget though. You could save money by stopping the backsplash at the bottom of the shelving.

Kitchen Island Overhang

The next thing to consider in your renovation is the overhang of your kitchen island.

Are you going to have chairs at your kitchen island? Have you ever been sitting at a kitchen island or a bar before where your knees were constantly banging up against the wall below the kitchen countertop? Well, that’s not comfortable and doesn’t exactly scream “well-designed kitchen” either.

If you are renovating your kitchen, you should ensure that you make the proper overhanging length for your knees to actually fit under there without banging up against the wall.

So, if it fits your budget, consider creating a kitchen island with the appropriate leg room for you and your guests to actually be able to sit and enjoy the beautiful new kitchen makeover you’re working on. The knee space required to sit at a kitchen countertop is dependent on the height of the countertop.

Also be sure to give each chair at your new kitchen countertop 24 inches of room, so you don’t need to be packed in like sardines!

Electrical Outlets

Another kitchen renovation idea is to install some outlets with standard plugs as well as USB outlets under the kitchen island, so you and your guests can charge a cell phone with a USB cable


Kitchen Cabinet Overhang

The standard kitchen countertop overhang is an inch and a half. A current trend in kitchen remodel is to have the kitchen cabinet drawer flush with the face of the countertop. The functional purpose of having a countertop overhang is so when you spill things on the countertop, it’ll fall onto the floor and not get all over the kitchen cabinet drawers.

If the countertop is flush with the face of the cabinets and a glass of orange juice gets knocked over, you’re looking at a potential nightmare of a cleaner. Not only is the orange juice going to get all over the face of the cabinets and the hardware, it’s also much more likely to get into the actual kitchen cabinets and the creases and scenes of the actual jaws. So, if you or anyone else in your home is accident-prone in the kitchen, definitely take this into consideration before doing a flush mount countertop.

When working with a kitchen renovation specialist or company, make sure to discuss what your likes and dislikes are, and together come up with a plan for your kitchen renovation, so you end up with a kitchen that you love and enjoy spending time in!  

About Sharp Plumbing

We are qualified kitchen renovation specialists in Wanganui. We employ qualified builders, plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers so we can manage the entire project from start to finish using our own employees and other trusted contractors i.e. tilers and electricians. We can provide you with the information and guidance you need to get the result you’re after, call us now on 06 343 6297.

Top Kitchen Renovation Trends for 2021

Come every new year, home decoration trends reset to something completely unexpected and new!

If you are planning on building a new home, or renovating an old one, it’s good to know what these new trends are…..just so you can pick out the elements that you like and get the type of home that you are going to love every time you go back home!

This time around, we have put together a list of kitchen renovation trends that are going to be popular in 2021. So, if you are planning on renovating your kitchen in the new year…read on and get inspired for an amazing kitchen transformation!

Fresh Colours

Black has been a popular colour in modern kitchen renovations for a long time with it’s sleek and rich finish. It’s an elegant colour that gives a touch of exquisiteness, especially when combined with contrasting and warm materials like wood or gold.

However, 2021 is going to be all about fresh colours like blue and green being used in kitchen design and this includes both vibrant and lighter tones! So if you love bright colours, now is the time to experiment with it!

The key to using fresh colours for your kitchen is not overdo it! Some ways to use bright colours is to keep cabinets in a neutral colour and get your island done in a bright green or blue. Alternatively, you could get your cabinets painted in a bright colour or two and leave the upper cabinets and island in a more neutral colour like white.

Pick a tone that goes well with the rest of your interiors and choose a colour theme that suits your needs and taste. Then you can mix and match with warmer materials to give your kitchen an all-rounder look.

Mixing Metals

When it comes to handles and faucets that you are using, think beyond the functional aspect of it. You can use these elements to create small detailing that is in harmony with the rest of the kitchen and complements other bigger elements such as the cabinet colour, flooring, countertop and kitchen style.

Metal details can give your kitchen a sophisticated are what gives that sophisticated look to your space, however these accessories don’t necessarily have to match each other.

Instead, combining mutual or cool metals with warm tone metals can provide a contrast, making the design more interesting. For example, if you are going to use a massive black foucet, you can combine it with brushed gold handles.

The important thing is that you select a dominant and a secondary metal and use them throughout the kitchen in equal proportions. This helps create a cohesive atmosphere and design.

Statement Backsplash

The backsplash is a fundamental part of a kitchen as they allow ease of keeping it clean. On the other hand, they are crucial elements to determine the style and colour and texture of your kitchen space.

The trend in contemporary kitchens is reusing the same material used in the countertop for the backsplash. Having the same materials on both surfaces allows for a cleaner, more minimalist and elegant style.

On the other hand, when it comes to the countertop, there is another trend much more casual, which is to use tiles in colors or shapes that break the kitchen monotony. This is an excellent option to add colour, texture and style to your kitchen design.


Cabinets All The Way to The Ceiling

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, the new trend is to bring the upper cabinets up to the ceiling, to take advantage of the space available for storage and also to give it a tall feeling and make the ceiling look higher than it actually is! These upper cabinets can also be combined with some floor to ceiling kitchen cabinets.

Workstation Sink

Sinks are one of the most used and functional elements of the kitchen and modern sinks are multi-functional that allow you to carry out tasks in an organised and comfortable manner.

These multi-functional sinks are called workstations – and include an integrated latch that allows you to slide custom accessories across the ceiling to prepare meals, wash fruits and vegetables, etc.

These workstation sinks that a great way to keep your kitchen clean and clutter free.

Thinking of Renovating Your Kitchen?

Contact Sharp Plumbing, kitchen renovation specialists in Wanganui.

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