If you’re looking to invest in a kitchen remodeling project, you obviously want to ensure that you have a sizeable budget and that you don’t go overboard with your remodeling efforts. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, and also one of the most expensive to remodel as well. When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you’ll quickly learn that costs will add up quickly, and in no time you’ll be struggling to stay within your budget.
Believe it or not, you can actually save money on your kitchen remodeling. A lot of people don’t understand the hidden costs and the ease with which they can easily go over budget when they are remodeling their kitchen. It is one of the most expensive in-home projects that you can undertake, but you shouldn’t worry, since we can help you avoid going over budget and still be able to get the kitchen that you always wanted. So what would you have to do? Here are some of the best ways to save money on your kitchen remodel:
Keep existing cabinets
If you want to save money on your kitchen remodel, you could just keep your existing cabinets, considering that they are of decent quality and match the style of the kitchen remodel. You could opt for resurfacing, which will leave the existing cabinets looking just like new ones. Make sure that you get a good resurfacing job for the cabinets so that they look like new once again.
Check ready-to-assemble cabinets
One of the biggest costs in a kitchen remodeling project is getting new cabinets, which tend to be expensive particularly if you are going to custom made cabinetry. Most people opt for ornate details, exotic wood, and period styles for their kitchen cabinets, which will be expensive but will result in a truly unique kitchen. Custom cabinets generally cost a lot of money and if you are struggling to keep within your budget, you can always get ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets.
These cabinets cost half the amount of custom cabinets, depending on the style and material you choose. You can also assemble them yourself, which will help you save more money, and you will not go over budget with them.
Consider different countertop materials
There is lots of variety you can choose from particularly when it comes to countertops. There are solid surfaces, stone, concrete, tile, and recyclable products, which are all popular choices and will provide you with a cost-effective countertop. You can choose to use alternate surfaces to bring down the overall cost, and still get a great looking countertop.
Choose open shelving
One of the best ways to save money on your kitchen remodel is by opting for open shelving wherever it is possible. It will also save space and will provide you with a functional and cost-effective option for displaying dishes. You can save thousands of dollars through this option, but you shouldn’t be tempted to leaving out fitted cabinets completely.
Check out different islands
A new island with new cabinets will cost you from $800 to $1,000. If you want to save on costs, you can repurpose some furniture and also use cabinets for the kitchen island. A dresser or old table will do the job and add a unique personality into the kitchen. Thinking outside of the box when remodeling your kitchen will help you save a few hundred dollars.
Keep appliances in the same position
If you’re looking to purchase new cabinets in your kitchen, you should just keep your appliances in their current positions. Having to move electrical and mechanical appliances will cost you, and you will also have to cut the walls and the ceiling in order to reset or fix the mechanicals. You can easily avoid such costs and save a few thousand dollars by keeping the appliances in their current places.
Try track lighting instead of recessed lighting
You can save money by getting track lighting instead of recessed lighting, and get rid of hidden costs altogether. It is available in different styles, finishes, and sizes, giving lots of light in the kitchen, and it can also be dimmed, to provide a nice soft light.
Choose cutouts instead of removing a wall
A lot of homeowners conducting a kitchen remodel want to have open spaces between the family room and the kitchen in an open floor plan. If you decide to remove the wall, you will have to consider certain things, such as:
- Can it handle excess load bearing?
- Does it have electrical, water pipes, or venting running along it?
- Will it need to be rerouted?
Once you remove the wall, you may also have to cut into and repair the ceiling, floors, and other walls. This will require more time, work, and money, so our advice would be to opt for a cutout. It is an affordable option, and helps open the room to offer extra space for countertop and additional seating options. You may have to check the plumbing and structural integrity, but won’t have to repair the ceiling or other walls.
Do your remodel in stages
A lot of people don’t really think about carefully planning a budget when remodeling their kitchen, and quickly realize that they have spent more money than they could afford. If you’re low on budget, it always makes sense to put the project on hold, or do it in stages. Spreading out the entire remodel project, will help you properly budget and save money on the project.
Once you have installed new cabinets and countertops, you can add backsplashes later, and you can add lighting and changing the hardware later as well. Remodeling a kitchen does take time and may cost money, but there are lots of ways in which you can save thousands of dollars on the remodeling project. So keep the above-mentioned tips in mind, when you’re planning on doing a kitchen remodeling and want to save money on the project, without compromising on your dream kitchen.