At Exclusiv kitchens we firmly believe that the investment in your home through renovating a kitchen or a bathroom is one that is of utmost importance. It can be a very emotional, financial, and personal decision as this is your family home.
With this in mind, we receive a lot of enquiries from clients wishing to repaint or resurface doors and benchtops and most of the time find that this process is not economically viable.
Issues with Resurfacing
- One of the big issues in resurfacing doors comes from the gable panels and end panels. To change these properly means removing the carcasses to replace the panels. This often means the carcasses get damaged and need repair or replacement anyway.
- The carcass, (or cabinets) compose only about 30% of the cost of the cabinetry total. New door/drawer hardware is still required, and obviously the construction/finishing of new doors.
- The trade component is nearly the same as all trades are still required.
- Electricians are still required to disconnect and reconnect, plumbers have to isolate and disconnect water, tilers will be involved in replacing the splashback (it is nearly impossible to remove a benchtop without breaking tiles), and obviously there is still installation.
By resurfacing or refacing the doors you are really just dressing an area.
Benefits of Renovating
- With the investment in a new kitchen there are many benefits. Besides getting a fresh look you have the flexibility to redesign the layout for better usage, include new technology, and design a space that suits your family and lifestyle.
- You can invest in the design and materials and our designers will assist you in designing the perfect space, using materials and hardware that suit you and your investment level.
Real Client Example
One example of redesigning a space is for a client we had on the Gold Coast. They had a dated kitchen that was not practical. A raised servery prevented suitable sitting space and the colours darkened the whole house.
The investment that was put in was under $25,000.
We included corner carousels for easier access, LOTS of drawers for better storage, soft closing runners throughout, drawers in the pantry and increased the bench space, LED lighting and a lighter style, harder wearing front with stone tops allowing seating for 6.
These clients have recently sold the house and the feedback received from the Agent, and almost every inspection was that the kitchen was the highlight. The people that purchased the home fell in love with the kitchen, realising that they would not have any further cost for at-least 10 years.
Resurfacing vs Renovating – The Trade Off
Resurfacing has its short term benefits, however we firmly believe that as an investment in the hub of your home it is wiser and often just as cost effective, in particular in the long term, to renovate, redesign and add value.