How to Spend your Kitchen Renovation Budget

When renovating your kitchen, it can be hard to know exactly how to allocate your budget in terms of high value for money. In this blog, we which kitchen fixtures and appliances you should be willing to spend a bit more money on, and which ones you can save on.

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Fancy gadgets

Purchasing a bunch of fancy gadgets for your newly renovated kitchen can seem like a great idea at the time, however it’s likely that many of them will just sit in your cupboard or atop your benchtop gathering dust. Before purchasing a kitchen gadget, consider how often you will really use it. A great way to ensure you only invest in useful kitchen gadgets is to knock off anything that only has one specific use (e.g. a citrus juicer), as well as appliances advertised as “all in ones” (think fancy food processors or cutting tools).


Handles for cabinets and drawers provide the opportunity for savings, as there are many cost-effective solutions that don’t compromise quality. Unless salt water corrosion is likely to be an issue (especially if you live near the ocean) zinc aluminum alloy handles can be used in place of stainless steel for a much cheaper price. What’s more, if you opt for cheaper handles, you want feel so bad about swapping them for a different design later down the track.

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If there’s anything you’re going to splurge on during your kitchen renovation, it should be good quality whitegoods. When purchasing whitegoods such as fridges, ovens and dishwashers, opt for models that are energy efficient (and will reduce your future power bills) and convenient. If you want to buy top of the range models at a cheaper price, you can always look into buying the display/floor models.

Kitchen benchtops

Your kitchen benchtop is another feature you should invest a large portion of your budget in, as it needs to be durable enough to withstand a lot of wear and tear over the years. Opt for a hardy material such as stone, marble or granite that is hardwearing and resistant to stains, heat, chips and cracks. Stone kitchen benchtops make a beautiful addition to any kitchen and will last for many years.

Stone Design Group are providers of quality stone fittings, including beautiful stone kitchen benchtops. If you’re considering installing a marble or granite kitchen benchtop as part of your kitchen renovation, contact us today for a free quote on 03 9498 3444.