Kitchen Refurbishment vs Makeover: What’s the Difference?

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s no surprise that it’s the most popular room to overhaul (with bathrooms being a close second). The work done can range from major renovations, like knocking down walls or changing flooring, to simpler changes like a fresh coat of paint or new cabinet doors.

These smaller improvements are often called ‘refurbishments’ or ‘makeovers’ interchangeably, but that’s not quite accurate. Although the two terms might seem similar, a few key differences set them apart.

At DMA Property Solutions, we want to help you turn your dream kitchen into a reality. Below, we've broken down the differences between kitchen refurbishments and makeovers to help you decide the right path for you.

1. Project Scope

The main difference between refurbishments and makeovers is the amount of work involved.

Refurbishments involve a broad range of cosmetic and functional improvements (although not as dramatic as a renovation). This can include fixing minor problems, replacing large fixtures, and overall making the space look and function better. Here's what you might find included in a refurbishment:

  • Replacing tired or outdated fixtures like cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
  • Upgrading the plumbing with new sinks and pipes.
  • Swapping out old light fixtures for something more modern, like switching from filament bulbs to LEDs.
  • Taking care of small damages, such as cracked tiles.

Makeovers, on the other hand, focus on giving the space a new visual lease on life. They’re more about creating a fresh look and feel without necessarily digging into any underlying problems. Here's what a makeover might involve:

  • Repainting your cabinets instead of replacing them entirely.
  • Swapping out cabinet knobs, handles, and other accessories.
  • Installing minor upgrades like a new backsplash, stylish light fixtures, or brass taps.
  • Refreshing the decor, like adding or changing rugs, curtains, or artwork.
  • Giving the walls a fresh coat of paint in a new colour.
  • Updating window treatments with something more modern.

2. Cost and Timeframe

Cost is the other thing to consider. Refurbishments typically involve more work, so (unsurprisingly) they tend to cost more and take longer than makeovers. The exact cost and timeline will depend on the size and layout of your space, but a refurbishment can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds more than a makeover and take days or weeks longer.

Both refurbishments and makeovers are generally cheaper and quicker to complete than a full renovation, however.

Should You Choose a Kitchen Refurbishment or Makeover?

There’s no set answer to this, as the best choice ultimately depends on your budget, goals, and the current state of your kitchen.

If you're happy with the main elements and just want a cosmetic update, a makeover might be sufficient. But if your kitchen is outdated, inefficient, or doesn't suit your needs, a refurbishment could be worth considering.

Transform Your Kitchen with DMA's First-Class Refurbishments and Makeovers

Dreaming of a kitchen upgrade? Whether you want a quick cosmetic makeover, a mid-range refurbishment, or a full-blown renovation, DMA Property Solutions can help!

Our expert team have been transforming kitchens across Dorset, Wiltshire, and Hampshire for over 15 years. From cosy cottage kitchenettes to sleek, modern spaces, we've worked on it all.

After you get in touch, we'll work with you to create your dream kitchen within your budget and timeframe. No unnecessary spending or hassle – just a beautiful, functional kitchen you'll love.

If you’re ready to get started, so are we. Book a free consultation online or call us on 01202 090010, and take the first step today!

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