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Renovating your kitchen doesn't have to mean forking out a fortune. There are many clever fixes and finds that can transform your cooking space and get the designer look for a lot less.

Here are 10 budget kitchen renovation ideas to try:

1. Keep the layout

Every kitchen has a shape and it's usually one of only a handful used by kitchen designers. While the placement of appliances and fixtures may not be working well, the shape itself is probably perfectly suited to the space. Knocking everything out and starting from scratch is costly, so consider keeping the shape and changing the flow in other ways.

2. Don't shift the services

Changing the location of plumbing, electrical wiring and outlets is another sure-fire way to blow your budget. And those are dollars best spent on an enhanced design. But what if the dishwasher is in a really inconvenient spot? Well, you may be able to move it say to the other side of the sink without having to re-install the connections. Chat to your kitchen designer or builder.

3. Update the cabinetry

This has to be one of the simplest and least expensive kitchen reno ideas: replacing cabinet doors and hardware. For just a few hundred dollars, you can re-paint, spray paint or replace the doors. Then simply change the hinges (if necessary), add new knobs and your cabinets will look like new ? without removing the carcass.

4. Add accent lighting

What makes a modern kitchen stand out from an older design? Accent lighting. They elegantly illuminate the space or specific areas in the space and are easy and inexpensive to install.

5. Let in the light

Other cheap and clever ways to brighten a dark kitchen is with a small skylight, rope lighting (so you don't need to add more powerpoints) and energy-saving LED lights.

6. Look at laminate

Dreaming of a granite bench top, without the price tag? Laminate has come a long way in recent years and can now fake it like a pro. Get the look of granite or stone for far less cost, time and maintenance.

7. Simply stylish

Kitchens tend to be expensive spaces to renovate because they offer the highest value-boosting potential. But if you're pitching at the mid-market level, expensive gizmos and gadgets aren't going to greatly affect the sale price.

Focus instead of simplicity. A crisp, all-white kitchen with clean lines, appropriate appliances and a shimmering splashback is always attractive and favored by families.

8. Rustic appeal

When fossicking for furniture, forget about full-priced department store pieces. Instead, scour secondhand shops, markets, online sites and seconds stores. A rustic wood dining table with mismatched chairs, for instance, adds instant interest and character without breaking the bank.

9. Fill empty space

Many modern kitchens lack storage space. There?s plenty of available space, but it simply isn't being used. Look for nooks and crannies that can house open shelves and cabinets. Above and around the fridge and rangehood are handy spots.

10. Accessorize right

The tiniest details can make the biggest impact, when it comes to creating a clean and clutter-free kitchen. Get rid of old knickknacks collecting dust and focus on a few bigger items to put on display a fruit bowl, vase of flowers or colorful food mixer.

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