Kitchen Remodeling Tips for the Budget Conscious Homeowner
Home remodeling is a threat to your budget. No doubt on that. It’s quite difficult to not cash out more than you wanted when you have all the reasons to do so. You have had enough tips and tricks on how to lessen your expense when it comes to renovation, but still you’d end up struggling with your budget. Heck, there’s always room for ideas.
The idea is not to go cheap on your projects. Instead, match your dream kitchen with the allotted budget, and not what you can afford. What you need is a sound strategy, smart choice of design, materials, and right timing, and cut the costs dramatically. On the contrary, a little bit of everything becomes a big thing. So start saving a little of this and that and you’ll see how much money you’d salvage.
Focus more on functionality, not the size
Instead of expanding your kitchen, opt for other alternatives. In other words, reorganize your kitchen. You can replace those shelves that occupy too much space with hanging cabinets. Furthermore, you can save a few bucks more just by adding upgrades such as racks for canned goods, lazy Susan, dividers, and pull out trays. That is if you really need to add them on.
Here’s a cost estimate when you expand your kitchen:
- $50,000 – $80,000 for expanding up to 200 sq. ft.
- $30,000 for a cabinet.
If you opt for a customized cabinet, you get to save up to $50,000. That’s a total steal for anyone who has just managed to survive the recession.
Learn to prioritize your kitchen needs
Before you decide to remodel your entire kitchen, identify which part you don’t like and which one you can bear with. Doing the process one step at a time enables you to foresee undesirable changes.
Use light bulbs rather than opt for windows
If there are no windows available, don’t hasten. Consider less expensive and conservative means of providing light. You can have a decent amount of light bulbs installed. 4 bulbs are enough to keep your kitchen lit. That would only cost you around $500 in total. This is twice as cheaper than a $1,600 cost for a single window.
Consider cheaper versions
Look for cheaper alternatives as much as you can. For example, instead of replacing your old wood floors with a new one, look for ceramic tiles that looks just like wooden floors.
Scrap is not that crappy
Instead of shopping for materials in the market, take a quick turn and head on to junk shops and look for used and refurbished materials instead. With scrap yards you’ll never know when you’ll end up with a good deal.
Do it yourself
There is just about all information you can grab online, so why not take advantage of this. YouTube, for example, has tons of videos that would guide you on how to remodel your kitchen on your own. You can also find DIY guides on furniture websites. There are also some who’d offer an online training course.
This guest post was written by Suzzane Edwards for Kitchen Cabinet Kings blog, a leading distributor of wholesale kitchen furniture. For more information please visit their homepage.