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Where to spend your money on your kitchen renovation

Where to spend money on your kitchen renovation is a more complicated question than you would think. Ask anyone undertaking a kitchen redo and you’ll likely get a different answer from each person!

The easy answer is YOU need to decide where your money goes. Your kitchen remodel should reflect the way you live. The gourmet cook will be able to justify spending more on quality appliances and a professional range. The home entertainer will be looking for a warming drawer or wine fridge as essential items. The busy family is looking for storage, storage, organisational storage. Ultimately, it’s up to you.

But we hear you, you’re looking for some advice? Read on, friend, read on.

There are a few questions you could start with to help you create the budget for your kitchen reno.

  • Is it important for you to get a return-on-investment for your project?
  • Are you designing for your forever home and that’s not such a big deal?
  • What do you value most in a kitchen?
  • The best way to start is to think first about how you use your kitchen and put your money there.
Where to spend money on your kitchen renovation

Where to Save and Where to Splurge

Here is some general advice.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances


Be practical and choose appliances that are energy efficient and have a warranty. Be careful to consider your cabinets. If you choose appliances first without considering cabinets, countertops and other features you may back yourself into a floor plan you never intended without the funds to finish as well as you may have liked.

Be aware of how you are spending your appliance budget. A refrigerator may need to be replaced in 15 years, but a cooktop will last longer, so put your budget there. If you’re a busy family be sure to spend on a quality dishwasher that suits your lifestyle and makes you want to spend time in the kitchen.


Your countertops might be the statement piece of your kitchen. Be aware though that not all buyers will want vibrant green marble on their benchtops, so go for a safer option if re-sale is on the books.

If your budget won’t allow for stone countertops right now choose a cheaper option that will stand in for now and make the upgrade when your budget allows.

Where to spend money on your kitchen renovation
Kitchen Cabinetry


Taking up the most visual space in your kitchen are your cabinets. Before you plan the new kitchen design think about how your kitchen functions now. What is it about your kitchen that frustrates you? Do you wish you had more drawers? A proper pantry?

Take all the answers to those questions and work out the best design for how you will use it. Adding extras in like drawer inserts and waste centres can be useful, but if you end up with a cupboard where a drawer would be better, you’ll regret it later.


Changing out the hardware on your existing cabinetry can be the easiest kitchen reno ever. You can spend anywhere from a few dollars to over $100 per pull or knob if you really wanted to.

If you want to save on installation, find new knobs and pulls that match the holes of the old ones. You can’t undo a new hole in your cabinet.

Look for the latest metal finishes for kitchens and pick the one you like the most. Don’t worry if your tapware is different, a little variety makes things interesting.

Kitchen hardware
Kitchen Tiles


The size and pattern of your tiles is a huge contributor to the overall cost. Choosing tiles that are simple lay and cut tiles for your kitchen is the easiest way to save. If you want a pretty design on the floor or backsplash, think about using that tile in a way that features that tile but won’t kill the budget. 

Timeless Style

Choosing elements for your kitchen that will remain timeless will give you the confidence to move forward with your kitchen renovation. When you look around in 10 years your kitchen will have withstood the march of time and you will still be proud of the work you’ve done.

Contact us at Wonderful Kitchens for more design ideas and the perfect plan for your kitchen renovation!

Timeless kitchen design