Kitchen and bathroom remodeling are amongst the best ways to add value to your property. With kitchens being more of a social center than a cooking center, most homeowners are happy with a spacious room that looks immaculate. We are dreamers. Sometimes, our dream kitchens would be beyond our budget. So how can you save on your kitchen remodel without shattering your visions?
Let’s face it, we are dreamers. Sometimes, our dream kitchens are beyond our budget.
An average kitchen remodel will cost you around $18,500. This will vary depending on your kitchen size and ambitions.
Know Your Limits
The first step to saving on your kitchen remodel lies in knowing your limits. Keep your dreams within range and always be realistic. Once you are at peace with this, begin tweaking things and make some compromises that won’t drive you far from your budget and design concept.
Save on Cabinets
Cabinets could take a big chunk of the total budget. You will save tons if you avoid replacement by refurbishing what you already have. Some sanding and resurfacing will do justice to still presentable cabinets. A slightly more expensive refacing job will salvage most of the old but decent cabinets.
The money you save on your cabinets can go into exotic granite, tile, solid surface, or decorated concrete counter tops.
If replacement is inevitable, ready-to-assemble or semi-custom cabinets will cost you far less than building custom pieces. Even though they offer limited options in material, finish and style, they’re still a decent solution that will save you money.
Alternative Countertop Materials
Granite is the holy grail of countertop materials. As expected, its allure and appeal come at a cost. If you can’t save on other aspects of your kitchen remodel (for instance the cabinetry), you might have to partially or fully forfeit granite.
A partial forfeiture is where you combine two surfaces on your countertop. Use some cheaper solid surface on the outside perimeter and throw in some granite on the island. This will make your kitchen look amazing while cutting the cost in half.
Don’t Move Wiring or Plumbing
Keeping your sinks and electronics where they are will save you the pain of having to rewire or run new piping for your kitchen. You will have to cut the floor, the wall, and the ceiling to access the mechanics. You will also need to pay for the new components and labor.
This leads to additional costs that could otherwise be avoided. If you are replacing your cabinets, get something that will fit into your current kitchen layout. Don’t venture into what needn’t be fixed to make your kitchen great again.
Changing The Appliance
There isn’t a shortcut that will save you money when replacing appliances like the cooker, your fridge, dishwasher, or the microwave. Focus on the long run money back incentives by choosing high-efficiency units.
An Energy Star rated fridge will save you between $200 and $1100 in its lifetime, while an efficient dishwasher can save up to 1300 gallons of water.
Remodel In Stages
Sometimes, remodeling budgets only become a bother if you want to do everything in one go. Spreading out the remodel costs over time can cut you some slack, allowing you to save for the next project. Backsplashes can come later after the cabinets. Adding glass to your cabinet doors can also come later.
Dividing the job into junks might not cut down on the costs that much but it will cut you some slack in lump sum investments.
Expensive Remodeling Project
Kitchen remodeling is bound to be expensive. If you plan it right and make the right trade-offs, you will always end up with a look you are proud of. Always remember to go for the best alternative possible. The whole point to stepping down on costs is to look great, not cheap.