Lately we get a lot of quotation requests for kitchen renovations.
There are three reasons to renovate your kitchen:

  1. it is too old and it is falling apart
  2. it is old and damaged
  3. tired of it and want something new, more appealing to your changed personality and bank account.

If #3 applies to you, you don’t really need to read further, because this post will tell you how to save some money on kitchen renovation, and “cheap” DOES NOT apply to your personality, does it 😉
I’m joking of course; each personality is priceless, and saving money is priceless too.

OK, lets move to the point.

Do you really need completely new kitchen?
Are you happy with the working space and the cupboards arrangement?
If yes, then check the boxes of your cupboards.
Are they still in good condition?
If they are not rotten then you only need to change the doors.
Do you like your counter tops?
No? Then you’ll have to change them too.

Changing only the doors and the counter tops is way less messy, much faster and cheaper.
A refreshing touch would be a nice small crown on the wall cabinets.
It is easy to make and easy to install.
Now if you have some extra money, you can change the oven and the hob.
Their sizes are standard and the new one will fit in the places of the old one.
New sink will make your kitchen look like completely new.

Here is a photo from part of an old kitchen which we renovated.

The sink before the kitchen renovation

The sink before the kitchen renovation

I’m sorry that I don’t have more photos from this old kitchen, but you can get an idea how it was looking before the renovation.

Here is the same part of the kitchen after the kitchen renovation.

Battler Sink

Same place but now with battler sink, granite top and new doors

What is interesting here is that instead of putting same type new sink, we put a battler sink, and of course we changed the cheap melamine counter top with expensive granite one.
For the purpose we had to build new box, but the customer insisted for battler sink and we had to do it.
Beautiful, isn’t it?

Here is another photo from the other side of the kitchen (steam extractor is missing, it came latter)

Part of the renovated kitchen

Part of the renovated kitchen

See that small nice crown on top of the wall units?
Nice and refreshing, isn’t it?

And now lets summarize:

  1. we don’t change the boxes
  2. we don’t change the drawers
  1. we change the doors
  2. we change the drawers faces
  3. we change the counter tops
  4. we put new crown for the top units

You would probably wonder how much would you save from the boxes and the drawers.
Not much as material price, but a lot as work and installation charges.
A dissent woodworker would give you quite good price, which will save you more than one third of the price for completely new kitchen.
And it will still look new 😉

All this we did for Dr. Andrew Smith and his wife, a British couple who loves South Africa so much that they bought not one but two houses in Johannesburg, where they come from time to time, escaping from that lovely, foggy, smoggy, wet, royal England.

And guess what – we are busy renovating their second house.
Come back in a month and I’ll show you how it looks before and after the renovation.
This time I’ll show you more pictures.

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Sharleen James · February 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Would like a quote

    Trish · May 12, 2014 at 7:31 am

    ps let me know how to get a quote from you. this is just what I am looking for.

Bernine Booysen · September 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

Good day. Can you change the melamine on existing kitchen cabinets or do you have to replace the kitchen?

    Nick & Nelly · September 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Hi Bernine,
    We use melamine prime base and then paint the visible melamine parts of the boxes.
    The doors we make from MDF (supawood), and we spray them with water based enamel paint.
    The result is what you see from the photos above.

Susan Le Grange · July 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Hi am looking to redo my kitchen, replace cupboard doors and melamine surfaces for granite – need to replace carcass where sink is as has been flooded. Possibly new sink and taps. Also need to replace carcass of cupboards over hob and install extractor. Please contact me to discuss.


namz · February 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

I am based in lenasia ..and I’m interested I’m getting a quote to renovate my kitchen ..please email me .
Thank you

namz · February 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

I am based in lenasia ..and I’m interested in getting a quote to renovate my kitchen ..please email me .
Thank you

Herman · May 17, 2015 at 4:17 pm


We had water damage in our kitchen and we would like to get a quote to fix it. We stay in Cresta, Randburg. Would it be possible for someone to come out?


Pat Loffler · January 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

I would like to revamp my old kitchen.

Jenny · May 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I would like to renovate my kitchen, how do i get a quote?

Angela · May 19, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hi, I need a quote I bot a house and I don’t love the kitchen top the door even the stove how much does it cost me?

    Nick and Nelly · May 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Hi Angela,

    The cost depends on the size of the kitchen, number of the doors and drawer faces, type of stone etc.
    For a ballpark price we need photos of all the kitchen sides and the type of the stone you’d like to have.
    If the ballpark price meets your budget, we’ll visit for measurements and detailed discussion.
    We will contact you on your email address.

Valentina · May 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

We would like to renovate our kitchen. Sink and cupboard needs to be replaced. . Top needs to be replaced need more cupboard space can you please quote.

Julie burger · June 24, 2017 at 12:04 am

I am looking for a quote to refresh and update my small kitchen … With a few changes as well. Old summercon complex.

Nabz · August 10, 2017 at 8:51 am

Is it possible to change the design? That is can you move cupboards to a new location or wall in the kitchen to change the look a bit more. I am thinking of moving stove to a new area in kitchen however the existing cupboards around stove is to be moved as well

Megan Louw · January 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm

Can I please be contacted for a quote to renovate my kitchen cupboards.

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