Kitchen renovations are often deemed to be a costly and timely exercise, but you can update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Homeowners can spend over $25,000 during kitchen renovations for a complete demolition and rebuild, but kitchen makeover specialists Granite Transformations say renovating your kitchen can actually be quite a cost effective and easy way to update and add value to your home.

Jessie Harvey, Granite Transformations’ Resident Trends Expert says kitchen renovations don’t have to be complicated.

“Simple things such as updating cabinet handles or adding new appliances can make the world of difference to a worn or dated kitchen.

“New benchtops are also an easy way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen,” she says.

A recent report released by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and GWA Kitchens and Bathrooms found the total number of kitchen installations in new homes increased by 11.7 per cent in the 2012/13 period.

The report noted 1983 kitchen jobs completed in the 2012/13 period in Queensland with an average cost of $17,064 for full kitchen renovations.

To help you avoid extensive and costly kitchen renovations,  here are  top six tips for simple kitchen renovations to revamp your kitchen for under $5000 from GraniteTransformations.

Antique-2web-webbbAdd a mosaic splashback – Most kitchens have limited wall space so it’s usually affordable to add a decorative wall mural or feature panel using glass mosaic tiles. Splashbacks introduce colour, texture and a tactile finish, creating a fresh new look for any kitchen.

Granite Transformations - Revamp your kitchen for under $5000 (2)Update your cabinet handles – Replacing handles every three to five years is an easy and cost effective way to update your kitchen. White kitchen cabinets give you the freedom to choose almost any of the finishes available and even allow you to mix and match and choose a style that works within the theme of your kitchen. Chrome with brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze with brass go well, as long as the finishes complement each other.

image s00 (2)New lighting – New light fixtures can instantaneously transform your kitchen. A tradesman can remove the old lighting and replace it with contemporary and subtle recessed lighting. Or install pendants over islands, tables and sinks for a bolder, modern feel. There are many budget-friendly options when it comes to lighting that will make a big difference in your kitchen’s look.

image4Upgrade your benchtops – Upgrading to a solid, low maintenance benchtop will add a contemporary new look to your home. Natural stones like granite add a touch of class and cleanliness to your kitchen. You can applying benchtops over existing surfaces making it is a cost affordable and easy option when wanting to update your kitchen.

image5Make a statement with your appliances – If you’re working within a limited budget on your kitchen renovation, think about investing in one great statement piece for your kitchen – be it a fridge or an oven, modern appliances will be sure to impress and draw attention away from less flattering kitchen features.

image 6Replace old cupboard doors – this really is a great way to change the look of your kitchen without the hassle of ripping apart the entire space. Simply replace old cupboard doors with new ones to create a stylish look at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.

You may wish to add some modern space saver options too. Have you considered revamping your kitchen on a budget or have you recently renovated?