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Bex K

I like the sentiment behind this story! But one obvious tip that's missing here is to just change the cupboard and drawer fronts when you want to freshen up a poor quality or tired looking kitchen. We recently did this to our kitchen because we were happy with the layout and only the fronts were worn, and totally changed the look and style of our kitchen using just ~1/5 of the materials and a fraction of the cost that we'd used by also changing the cabinets. We have had tons of compliments and are also very happy ourselves with the result.

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I’m just beginning to turn my thoughts to renovating my kitchen so reading this article is very timely and thought provoking. I hadn’t realised that I could do so much to save both waste and cost. Great article Houzz!

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When I bought my bungalow about 6 years ago it had a small kitchen and a tiny vestibule (too small to call a hallway) so I decided to knock down the wall between and combine together. The problem was the boiler which was in the corner of the now bigger kitchen but halfway up the wall and I didn't have the budget to move my solution was to use the old kitchen cabinets which were not really my taste but good quality.

My Dad and I put in the new kitchen units and then created a built in larder around the boiler by chopping up the old units as storage & shelves in the built in. We cladded the outside of the larder using large end panels and doors which match the new units. The built in costs me about £200 whereas a bought in walk in pantry was £1500 minimum. I think all we ended up putting in landfill was one damaged base unit and the old kitchen tiles.

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