Can Kitchen Refurbishment Be a DIY Endeavour?

When it comes to kitchens, even the most hardened DIY-expert can be daunted rather than encouraged by the prospect of tackling everything involved in the removal of the old, and installation of the new kitchen. And with good reason – the electrics, plumbing, and possible gas lines involved can be dangerous and complex, and hiring professionals for these portions is highly recommended. These three issues turn the kitchen into rather an intimidating room to refurbish, and the temptation to hire an all-in-one provider such as Möben and similar companies can be absolutely overwhelming. But you can save money by doing portions of the work yourself, and as long as you make sure that the people carrying out work with electricity, gas, and/or water are appropriately qualified you shouldn’t run into too many issues.

There is a variety of ways to update your kitchen, and the first is the simplest. This method involves giving your kitchen a new ‘face’ but not undergoing any structural changes. For example, you could paint or even exchange cupboard and drawer fronts and buy a new hob or cooker. This is a very superficial refurb, but if you do a good job it can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen. Combine it with a splash of fresh colour on the walls and, perhaps, a brand-new counter-top… And your kitchen will look new and amazing in no time. This is a cost-effective method as it will not be terribly expensive, but obviously it won’t rearrange your kitchen to any degree and any underlying issues with the cupboards themselves will not be addressed.

Your other option is to rip the entire kitchen out. This can seem like a horrible idea, but if you ask a professional to come and disconnect taps and cookers, you can probably save some money by asking them to return when you need your new taps and appliances to be hooked back up. How you fill in the space, however, is up to you.

If you’re very handy, you can build your cupboards yourself. This may allow you to get the kitchen you’ve always wanted, but don’t overreach – if you feel it’s going to be too much for your DIY skills then you’re better off not doing it. You’ll need your kitchen every day of the year and ending up with a sub-par one is hardly reasonable.

A less conventional, but potentially lovely option, is to buy free-standing kitchen units from a place such as Ikea, and place these in your kitchen as appropriate. Be sure to measure carefully; one of the issues with this option is that you can’t have the units made to measure and you may find it difficult to help them fit the available space. However, if you can make it work this can lead to a really clean-looking, tidy kitchen, so definitely give it a look.

Of course, you shouldn’t try randomly disconnecting or connecting gas appliances, doing complicated plumbing, or fiddling with electrics. Aside from the risk of incorrect function due to failed installation, faulty gas and electrics can lead to serious issues that could be fatal to you and your loved ones. But other parts of your kitchen are easy enough to handle and can be easily – and cheaply – tackled by a DIY enthusiast. Happy hammering!

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