Kitchen remodeling on a budget: 7 tips for the WOW factor

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Kitchen remodeling on a budget: 7 tips for the WOW factor

The kitchen is the centerpiece of every home, so it's worth the investment.

Kitchens are the heart of every home. Every family should have a kitchen that is not only functional but beautiful and filled with warmth. If you have been living in the same house for decades or have just moved into a new but previously lived-in place, it might be a good idea to renovate the kitchen. Stained walls, bulky cabinets, and scratched countertops are not what your home needs. Make your kitchen a place that will bring a smile to the faces of your family members and you.

Many people, though keen on kitchen renovation, keep delaying the process because of the heavy costs. Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Kitchen remodeling does not need to be an expensive affair. With some strategic thinking, you can get the kitchen of your dreams, without spending a fortune. With the right designs, decor and materials, your kitchen can be fancy and functional, just the way you want. Little saves here and there can go a long way in keeping your renovation costs under control.

Here are some great remodeling ideas that will give your kitchen a makeover, without overshooting your budget.

1. Limit Your Layout

The first and foremost step to save a ton of resources is to restrict structural changes. Remodeling often comes with demolishing walls in order to expand the existing place. Though this may sound like easy work, getting it done professionally is usually quite expensive. However, don’t try doing it yourself!

As an inexpert remodeler, you may end up doing more harm than good. The alternative is to take your time and plan a kitchen layout that gives the existing space maximum utility. You don’t need to join your kitchen with the adjoining room. Instead, increase space by replacing bulky drawers with open shelves or removing appliances that are no longer in use.

Make a step by step plan, and follow it religiously when you are serious about sticking to a budget.

2. Don’t Touch Your Plumbing And Electrical Systems

If your in-wall plumbing and electrical systems are in a good working condition, do not change their location or replace their parts. The kitchen sink, in particular, should not be moved.

Plumbing is often the biggest chunk of the budget in renovation projects. The electrical layout should also be left untouched if it hasn't been giving you any trouble. Always remember, don’t fix something that isn't broken.

3. Transform Your Cabinets

Are you tired of your old cabinets and can’t wait to get rid of them? Well, replacing kitchen cabinetry can run up a massive bill. It could start from $2,500 and go up $25,000. So, don’t think about getting brand new cabinets just yet.

A great way to cut down on costs is to keep and redecorate the cabinets that are structurally sound. If some of the existing ones do need to be thrown out, replace them with standard cabinets that come ready to use in hardware stores. These are far less expensive than building customized ones. Once all the cabinets have been finalized, the simplest way to redecorate them is to paint them in your favorite color. Then go on to add the little details that you have always had your eye on.

Buy traditional hardware for an old world charm or sleek ones for a more modern kitchen. Simple methods like these can go a long way in ensuring your money stays where it should, in your bank!

4. Update The Lights

Does your kitchen have bad lighting? Are you wondering if you need to make huge holes in your wall to add some new windows? Well, worry not. All you have to do to transform the look and feel of your kitchen is to get new light fixtures. It might be time to get rid of harsh fluorescent lights, which you can replace with warm yellow lighting. Thanks to technology, bulbs now last for many years, thereby saving you even more money in the long run.

5. Give Your Countertops A Makeovers

If you have been dreaming of fancy granite or concrete countertops, but have gotten a rude reality check when looking at the prices, don’t stress out. Here is the perfect solution. Instead of getting full slabs of these expensive materials, get tiles or laminates instead.

You will have dozens of choices, with accents, patterns and trims. Choose your favorite one to give your kitchen the exact look you have always wanted, but at the fraction of the cost of a slab.

6. Get Affordable Backsplashes

A kitchen backsplash is usually expensive because of ornamental tiles and the cost of labor to get them installed. You now have the freedom to opt for materials like vinyl and sheet metal to give your kitchen a contemporary look at a reasonable price. Even better, pair your metal sheet with stainless steel appliances.

7. Fix The Floor

Kitchens need floors that are durable and low maintenance, as they usually bear the brunt of most of the action in every home. Getting expensive stone, tile or wooden floors, like in the olden days, in no longer a wise choice for many, instead, opt for affordable materials like linoleum, vinyl or laminates.

These come in a wide range of colors and styles, and also do an exquisite job of mimicking hardwood, tile and stone surfaces. You won't have to compromise on the aesthetics!

These seven tips will help you cut costs when remodeling your kitchen and you won’t be forced to cut any corners. At the end, you will have your beautiful kitchen, without having to create a major dent in your bank balance.

Author Bio:

Erica is a blogger who usually writes about home related topics. She recently wrote quite a few posts about home improvement and remodeling ideas. Email her for more details.

 


Topics: Appliances, Home Design & Plans, Interior Design, Kitchen, Remodeling



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