A kitchen remodel cost falls anywhere from $4,000 to $131,500, depending on your location, the size of your kitchen, the scale of the remodel, and so on.
However, that doesn’t mean that a low-cost kitchen renovation has to look terribly different from a high-cost renovation. It’s all about how you allocate your expenses.
In this article, we’ll share our insider tips on how to achieve a state-of-the art kitchen remodel while reducing your financial burden.
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Consider alternative countertop materials
From stone to tile, concrete to wood, there’s a wide variety of materials for you to choose from. (If you want a guide, here’s a helpful article on stone design trends.)
Granite is the most popular choice, but it’s far from the most affordable at up to $100 per square foot. To achieve similar results to stone, try a laminate option.
The latest high definition selections look much more convincing than you’d think – you may not even be able to tell the difference between them and true granite.
You can also always add details like cut-edge profiles and installing an undermount sink to make the countertop that much more expensive.
Seeing as laminate products can cost just half the price of stone, we recommend them for those looking for style on a budget.
Mix and match different countertop materials
For those who can’t resist the look of luxury countertop materials, there are ways to incorporate them without breaking your bank.
It may take more planning and material hunting, but the results will be worth it.
Rather than choosing granite, soapstone, or marble for each and every countertop, consider limiting it to standout surfaces like your island or breakfast bar.
If these areas are sizeable enough, you could even section them off. For example, consider making the outside perimeter of an island butcher block and the inner side granite.
Using less expensive options where you can will not only reduce the cost, but add visual interest when done tastefully.
Another possibility for granite lovers is to choose a lower grade of granite. Most are rated from a scale from 1 to 5, so rather than looking for grade 5, consider more economical varieties at grade 2 or 3.
It may take a bit more searching, but you can find the perfect slab for your kitchen and your wallet.
Don’t underestimate lighting
Lighting should be a top priority in any home renovation, especially in a kitchen remodel.
Stylish details like pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting make for excellent accent pieces that are affordable yet modern.
It’s also important to work with your contractor to plan for bright overhead lighting where people tend to cook or congregate.
The perfect example of this is track lighting, which can give off soft, dim light for an ambient effect or bright light for daily tasks, depending on its setting. These can be found in a variety of shapes and finishes depending on the look you’re going for.
Keep your appliances where they are
If you plan to switch out your cabinetry, get your kitchen remodeling company to plan around your current appliances rather than getting a brand-new layout. It can be costly to move the mechanics, plumbing and electrical for appliances.
Furthermore, there are unknown factors when it comes to cutting into your walls, floors, and ceiling to expose them. If you don’t plan ahead of time, the process will force you to tack on additional time and expenses that you may not have the budget for.
Just moving an appliance one foot could cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the job.
Save on cabinetry wood
When it comes to cabinets, it’s best to invest in functionality rather than material.
Choose a waste-recycling centre, cabinet options with soft close doors, and base cabinets with drawers.
For custom kitchen cabinets, take the time to plan out your storage access properly.
Building wall cabinets up to the ceiling does cost more, but it will give you much more storage, which will enhance your convenience and resale leverage.
When it comes to recouping these investments, look into affordable cabinet material. Veneer and solid wood cabinetry look surprisingly similar, and you’ll barely notice the difference once you see it in your home.
What you and your guests will notice when they walk into the room is the craftsmanship of overall design and installation itself – which is why it’s important to leave it to millwork shop drawings services.
Opt for a cutout instead of removing a wall
Now that interior design trends have moved away from separate spaces to open floor plans, it’s common for homeowners to want to remove the walls dividing the kitchen from the family room.
However, it’s not as simple as hacking down a wall. There are many structural concerns to consider.
Is the wall load bearing? Are there mechanics, plumbing and electrical running through it that will need to be rerouted?
These questions don’t only affect the wall in question, but all the surrounding walls as well.
A simpler and more affordable alternative is a wall cutout. This will help achieve a sense of openness with the bonus of an extra countertop and seating area.
It doesn’t completely solve the problem of assessing the initial concerns, but the fact that the floor and ceiling will be unaffected will save you a lot of costs.
Using these methods, you’ll be able to get your dream kitchen at only a fraction of the cost and time.
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