A high style, low-budget kitchen reno
See how this plain galley kitchen got the rock star treatment with a little creativity sourcing materials.
This galley-style kitchen was long, cramped and awkward to access from the home’s main living space. There was no doubt this kitchen was due for a major renovation. But this was no “sky’s the limit” project; in fact, with creative sourcing of materials (that is, craigslist and other means of discount shopping), the entire project was completed for less than $10,000, including appliances.
The drop ceiling allows for recessed lights and conceals built-in speakers. The biggest change in the renovation was the addition of several square feet of counter space, which was needed badly by the family of five.
Above those counters are cabinet doors made of oak plywood. The insides of the cabinets are also finished with oak ply, so the insides of the cabinets look just as good as the outside.
To illuminate the kitchen, LED lights, which use only 90 watts of electricity in total, direct light at all work surfaces.
Budget-saving reno tips
- Shop for appliances at clearance centres or online. Be on the lookout for deals.
- Make your own custom cabinets, tailoring their size to your storage needs. Trim the plywood with solid wood.
- Use granite tiles instead of custom-cut solid granite for the countertop and backsplash.
- If possible, leave plumbing and electrical components in their original locations because moving them can be expensive.
- Install energy-saving light fixtures, such as LEDs.
- Work around existing walls where possible, unless there is a serious flow or access issue.