When you’re investing time and energy in any home remodeling project it can feel like there’s a lot at stake. Will you end up loving the results? Will the improvements add value to your home? Will all the effort be worth it?
This can be especially true when remodeling your kitchen – the room many of us consider the heart of our home. The costs can add up incredibly quickly, but it’s actually easier than you might think to stay within your budget while creating a kitchen that looks brand new.
Here are 8 ways to save on your kitchen remodel.
1. Bring In The Pros
Unless you’re positive you’re only going to be tackling very simple tasks for your kitchen remodel (and that you have the skillset to make it happen), don’t try to cut corners. Hire a professional designer…you’ll save not only time but money, since you won’t have to go back and fix your mistakes. In the long run, it will help you stay within your budget.
2. Collect Everything You Need…Before You Begin
Once your professional designer has created a kitchen remodel plan that includes everything you’ll want in your kitchen, make sure you have it all on site before the remodeling process begins.
It can be very tempting to choose products or get caught up in new ideas after the renovation is underway, but this is a common way to drive up the cost of your kitchen remodel. Contractors will often charge for “change orders” in addition to the cost of their time and materials to alter work they’ve already completed to accommodate a late change.
It’s best to plan ahead, bring everything you’ll need on-site before the job begins, and stick to your kitchen remodel plan.
3. Go With Efficiency – Not Size
You can make changes during your kitchen remodel to get more out of the space you already have. For example, are your shelves taking up too much room? Consider switching to pull-out drawers, complete with storage racks. These kinds of upgrades can sometimes add up, but still save you plenty of money when compared to knocking out walls and expanding the overall size of your kitchen.
4. Rethink Your Cabinets
Some of the largest expenses in the kitchen remodel process come with installing new cabinets. But there’s good news: if your current cabinets are in decent shape, there are several ways to make them look brand new.
One method is to wash and prime your cabinets, then paint them bright white using a high-quality semi-gloss paint. Fresh hardware (knobs and handles) will make the crisp white paint pop even more. If fresh paint won’t be enough for your cabinets, some new doors might do the trick instead. These options will equip your kitchen with cabinets that look brand new for a fraction of the price.
5. Use Light To Add Style To Your Kitchen
Better lighting – and more of it – can create an entirely new mood in your kitchen. Stick to overhead lights that are bright and concentrated, especially in areas where you’ll be cooking. Other options include uniquely-designed pendants and under-cabinet lighting. These touches will make a huge visual impact as you save plenty of money on your kitchen remodel.
6. Keep Your Current Layout
A kitchen remodel costs considerately less when you don’t change the layout. If at all possible, use the existing piping and layout of your utilities as it can drive up costs. If you decide to rearrange your sinks, dishwasher or ice maker you’ll have to relocate the pipes and installing new plumbing pipes costs an average of $1,100. Moving gas lines and electrical outlets and fixtures will also increase your expense. So, if you’re looking to keep costs down, work around your kitchen layout.
7. Use This Backsplash Shortcut
Your backsplash can serve as both a very functional and stylish element of your kitchen. It serves the all-important purpose of keeping food off your walls and can also set the tone for the entire room – but there’s still no reason to feel like you need to replace your backsplash entirely during your kitchen remodel.
Instead of turning the corners with your backsplash and having it run across the entire kitchen wall, finish the tile where the walls meet instead. You’ll have tile where it’s both pleasing to the eye and the most functional.
8. Look For Second-Hand Materials
You can make your kitchen look brand new even if some of your materials are used. For instance, check out granite supply yards for leftovers, especially if you don’t have much countertop to cover.
Meanwhile, you can save your own leftover materials to add value to your kitchen remodel. For example, pieces of leftover granite can be used to create cutting boards, or you can create rollout inserts in your cabinets from leftover lumber. Work with your designer and get creative!
Another great option might be your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or other reuse operation where contractors and builders sell their overstock at a discount or donate it completely. With a little luck and some good timing, you never know what you might find. One sharp shopper went home with a $5,000 Viking double oven for just $190 at a ReStore in Traverse City, Michigan.
An Affordable Kitchen Remodel Is Possible
It might take a little creativity and a lot of strategy, but you can absolutely save money on a high-quality kitchen remodel that adds both value and enjoyment to your home. By keeping your eye out for deals, planning ahead and knowing which elements of your kitchen you can rethink (not replace), your good-as-new kitchen can make a powerful impact.