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Over time, everyone home owner always toys with the idea of renovating or remodelling each room around the house. While the inspiration could range from a gorgeous room in a magazine to a recent visit to a friend’s stylish home, the first thing that comes to mind is the cost the entire makeover makeover and the budget you’d have to set aside for it.
Since the kitchen is possibly the most used room in the home facing a lot of wear and tear everyday, this is a space we’re all looking to renovate first. We’ve rounded up a handy checklist of all the aspects you’ll have to look at when renovating a kitchen, and the average cost for remodelling it.
A kitchen design can get a fresh makeover simply by changing out the tiles in the space. These can be on the floors or on the walls as the backsplash. When choosing the right tiles for these areas, consider the frequency of usage and wear and tear the material will face. For the floors, for example, tiles that are made from porcelain (which is popular for its hardness, density and toughness) or hard stone such as Kota will be more durable and long-lasting. These also work well for the backsplash behind the countertop in the kitchen because they’re available in a range of versatile colours, patterns, shapes and sizes, and are resistant to oil and water stains which build up over time.
THE COST: While prices vary based on the size, quality and
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material of a tile, the average rate of tiling a kitchen ranges from ₹50 to ₹200 per square foot for a basic range of tiles. This price includes the cost of the materials, along with labour and grouting charges.
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The cabinetry in the kitchen can extend across the walls above or under the countertop, or any other nook or niche with space for storage. The cabinetry includes drawers, cabinets, crockery cupboards, shutters and panels that conceal all the kitchenware behind or inside them. The materials used for the cabinetry should be durable and resistant to wear and tear through years of daily use. While nothing is more long-lasting than solid wood, most modular kitchens today use modern solutions such as BWR-grade plywood. Fabricated with a waterproof exterior, Boiling Water Resistant plywood is ideal for usage in areas that are extremely prone to the invasion of pests, termites and mould.
THE COST: The cost of marine plywood varies based on thickness. The price for a 3.5-millimetre sheet starts at ₹850, while a 25-millimetre sheet starts at ₹3,900.
From utilitarian materials like granite and marble to semi-precious stones such as quartz—a kitchen countertop can be built in a range of finishes and materials at multiple price points. The cost of a countertop, along with its supporting structure, labour and raw materials is usually calculated on the basis of running feet. When you plan to renovate a kitchen, calculate this measurement by determining the length and depth of the countertop area along the wall.
THE COST: While the cost of granite starts at a price range of ₹60 to ₹450 per square foot, the cost of marble varies according to the city you buy it from and its variant. For example, for a kitchen
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makeover, the cost of Indian marble starts from as low as ₹50 per square foot, with some varieties of Indian green marble going up to ₹250 per square foot. If you’re looking to splurge on Italian marble, the stone is available in several hues and patterns with prices starting at ₹350 per square foot going up to ₹5000 per square foot, and more.
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When planning a kitchen makeover, getting a new set of appliances always adds a refreshing and updated touch to the space. The kitchen appliances include the stovetops or hobs, chimney, refrigerator, microwave, oven and dishwasher, along with gadgets such as a blenders, toasters and mixers that make cooking easier.
THE COST: Work out a list of all the gadgets, instruments and devices you’d require before estimating your kitchen renovation cost. From there, begin to visit the websites of brands that manufacture these appliances and find pieces that pair the best technology within your budget.
Sometimes, the smallest tweaks can give a room a complete makeover. If you’re looking to renovate a kitchen on a tight budget, the first thing you should think about is repainting the space. A fresh coat of paint or even a panel of wallpaper on a single wall can immediately open up a room or give it a fresh new look. For a kitchen design, you have to consider the smells, fumes and splashes that the wall will absorb over time. A stain resistant paint that is easy to wipe down will be the best choice for this room.
THE COST: While there are several paints available in the market, we’re partial to India’s leading paint giant Asian Paints
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for their intricate range of colours, tasteful finishes and long-lasting guarantee. We love the Royale Luxury Emulsion, which is priced at ₹623 for a litre. It is the only paint emulsion in India with a Teflon surface protector that makes it easily washable and highly durable. It is also a non-toxic, lead-free, odourless paint that protects the walls from tough stains and harmful bacteria.
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From the electrical wall points and switches to the wiring concealed behind the walls—almost everything in the kitchen runs on electricity and its fittings. When working out the kitchen renovation costs for the electric fittings, make a list of all the plug points, switch boards, fixtures and lights you’ll need to install or swap out in the room.
THE COST: The starting point for the electric fittings when you renovate a kitchen is the electric wiring. When working out a budget for this, you have to also factor in the cost of labour and raw materials that’ll be required for this. As a starting figure, the cost of fabricating concealed electric wiring starts at ₹200 per square foot.
The final touch to bring in a new look after renovating a kitchen is adding accessories and décor pieces to make the space more stylish. From open shelves that display the souvenirs you’ve collected over the years to a wall hanging that livens up a bare wall—your kitchen makeover can also be a way to extend your personal style in the space. If you’re looking out for unique, eye-catching pieces, visit the stores near your home or encourage the craftsmanship of the local artisans in the area. For a one-stop solution for all your home décor needs under a single roof, you could also visit an AP Homes store.
THE COST: We love a good bargain or budget buy. The best way to work out a budget for the accessories in your kitchen is to scour the websites and catalogues of your favourite brands or labels, and compare the prices of each piece. Instagram is also a nifty platform for discovering young, budding artists and designers who create quirky, eclectic pieces.
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