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An appetising option; Give your kitchen a facelift that's kind to the planet and your pocket.

BUYING a new kitchen need no longer cost the Earth.

Stylish kitchens with highgloss cabinets and dazzling worktops make an attractive addition to any house.

Updating your tired old kitchen can be quick and easy to do. A simple kitchen facelift has become an increasingly popular way to transform the busy hub of your family home.

And it is not only much kinder to your pocket than buying a new kitchen from scratch but it is kinder to the planet, too.

Replacing dated doors is the first place to start. If the carcass of your kitchen cupboards are still in good condition then just replace the doors and drawer-fronts with fresh, modern alternatives.

Keeping the body of your existing cupboards reduces the carbon footprint of your new kitchen.

Less of your old kitchen will be ending up in a landfill site, while the quantity of new materials you need to be manufactured, packaged and then delivered is also greatly reduced.

Kitchen transformation experts Reface Scotland have been giving beautiful facelifts to kitchens across Scotland for the past 22 years.

They say the environmental benefit of keeping as much of the hidden shell of your old kitchen as possible has made refacing your tired kitchen appealing to an ever increasing number of home owners.

Alan Bow, of Reface Scotland, said: "The public have become increasingly conscious regarding the environment generally and this has now spilled over to the furniture in the home.

"People are looking to recover old sofas rather than throwing away and buying new.

"And this environmental consciousness has definitely moved into the kitchen, where people are aware of the green factor in keeping existing carcasses and refacing them with new doors.

"If your kitchen has been designed in the last 15 years and meets the current standards and regulations then customers are refusing to pay three times the amount of a reface to get a new kitchen."

Aside from cupboard and drawer fronts, dated worktops too can easily be changed.

Keeping the layout of your kitchen the same is the easiest way of transforming your room - but don't be scared to make more dramatic changes.

Replacing traditional slot-in appliances with integrated units will give your kitchen a more streamlined look that will make it appear bigger.

Upgrading a four-ring hob for a hob with a greater number of cooking rings is a popular choice for those who love entertaining.

Alan added: "Refacing not only greatly reduces waste, but another beauty of it is that 90 per cent of our customers have their kitchen completely refaced in just a day."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 4, 2013
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