9 Tips to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget
Does your kitchen still shout 1976?
While you may be ready to bring it into the twenty-first century, your bank account might not. You probably have heard of prices upwards of $30,000 to remodel your kitchen, but it does not have to be that expensive. You can get the kitchen of your dreams at a reasonable price, if you are willing to indulge in some creative thinking, have a little patience, and do some of the grunt work yourself.
Here are some of the easiest ways to remodel your kitchen without completely blowing your bottom line:
- Be your own general contractor. This can create additional work for you; screening subcontractors, finding supplies, and supervising the work. Doing this part yourself, however, will substantially cut the costs of the project.
- Do not change the layout of your kitchen. If you make major renovations to the plumbing and electrical work, you will have to pay a lot more for the finished product. Try to leave the layout alone and update the cabinets, countertops, and appliances.
- Cut out a part of a wall to create an open feel rather than knocking down a whole wall. You will not only save money, but headaches, especially if the wall is weight-bearing or has electrical running through it.
- Perk up your cabinets with new hardware. Sometimes simply refreshing the hardware on your cabinets will give your kitchen an updated, fresh look.
- Consider a variety of countertop options. While granite is popular, it is also expensive. There are several countertop options to choose from, all of which come at different price points.
- Choose natural, timeless colors for countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. These colors will last forever, and you can plan any future updates around them.
- Install track lighting rather than recessed. To add recessed lighting, you will have to cut holes in the ceiling, add electrical wiring, and then fix any parts of the ceiling that may have been damaged during construction. This will add a significant amount to the cost. Track lighting is bright enough to do what you need to do in the kitchen, and you can put the lights on a dimmer to create the mood you are looking to achieve.
- Resist appliance features you won’t use. If you regularly buy bottled water, you probably do not need a water and ice dispenser on your refrigerator. Similarly, ditch the high-end cooktop if takeout is your friend.
- Complete the renovation in stages. Start with the cabinets, then work on the countertops when your budget allows. You can add extras, like a backsplash or new lighting, as money permits.
Achieve the kitchen of your dreams, no matter what your budget is!