In kitchen remodel can be quite costly.
Homeowners typically spend between $13,000 and $22,000 remodeling their kitchen to suit their needs and their aesthetic.
This high price tag is one of the main reasons why remodeling the kitchen gets put off by homeowners for so long.
However, not all is lost. Here are ways to remodel your kitchen even if you have a tight budget.
Hire a Designer
While this may seem like a waste of money, in the long run into can pay for itself.
Without experience designing kitchens, it is common to make errors in planning layouts, materials required, etc.
These errors can often be quite expensive.
Working with someone who knows what they’re doing from the get-go can help you avoid these costly errors.
Go into Your Remodel Prepared
One of the areas where homeowners tend to spend more than planned is when a specific material is back-ordered and they are forced to opt for a more expensive alternative for the sake of their deadline and other subsequent expenses like additional contractor fees.
The best way to avoid this is to make sure you have all the materials on hand before you begin the remodel.
Stick to a Similar Layout
Improving the functionality of the space is the major reason for undertaking a kitchen remodeling project.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that completely changing the layout of the space comes with a hefty price tag.
If you are able to keep appliances in their existing locations, you can save significantly.
So if possible, try to work around your gas stove, dishwasher, and sink.
Natural stone countertops are a long-running trend in kitchen remodels and for good reason.
They are often more durable, heat resistant, and aesthetically pleasing.
However, they often are one of the most expensive parts of the kitchen remodel.
For instance, quartzite countertops often cost $65 to $85 per square foot installed. More exotic options of quartzite countertops can even cost $100 to $200 per square foot.
This high price is often worth it given the long life expectancy and durability of quartzite countertops.
If this is out of the budget but you still wish you could have it, check with the supply yard and see what remnants are available.
The smaller pieces of remnants are often discounted and if you don’t have a lot of space to cover can be a viable option for saving money and still getting the look that you want.
Explore Different Cabinet Options
While you may want to completely revamp your cabinetry, you may be able to save costs by simply painting the cabinets white which can hide outdated designs.
If white doesn’t go with your design, consider simply replacing your cabinet doors.
You can easily get replacement doors in many different designs that can give your old, tired cabinets a facelift and enhance your space.
If your old funky cabinets are beyond repair, and you have to replace them, then consider RTA as a money saving option.
RTA cabinets come flat packed and unassembled.
The quality is comparable to assembled cabinets, but the price is a lot less due to decreased shipping and labor costs. With a little sweat equity you can save thousands!
Choosing to simply update your cabinet doors can be a fraction of the cost of replacing your kitchen cabinets entirely.
You may also want to consider the modern trend of using shelves or cabinets without doors to display your crockery.
Find the Local Scratch and Dent Store
These stores are where contractors and builders sell their overstock. Some of the appliances may have minor aesthetic flaws but still functioning as though you bought them from a major retailer.
Visiting these stores can be a hit or miss, as it really is just a luck of the draw in terms of when inventory has been dropped off.
Even still, if you are lucky enough you can find some amazing deals.
Appliances like refrigerators, ranges, stoves, dishwashers, etc. can be found at amazing discounts that will benefit your budget greatly.
Choose Materials Wisely
Often times when we start to focus on the budget we can start to choose materials that are the most affordable.
However, this is not necessarily the best plan of action when it comes to a kitchen remodel.
Unless your kitchen sustains significant damage from a fire or a water leak, homeowners typically wait 10 or more years to remodel again.
Therefore, you want to choose materials that will withstand the test of time and the immense amount of use in the kitchen.
This is why choosing materials like quartzite or granite for your countertop is a wiser decision than choosing a cheaper alternative like laminate countertops because they will last if you take care of them properly.
The same is true for cabinetry and flooring as well.
Therefore, choose high-quality materials with the things that will be used the most, and save money where you can with other aspects of the remodel.
Respect Your Budget
Before you start your kitchen remodel, determine how much money you can actually spend.
Then, keeping this in mind, choose the materials that fit your aesthetic and functionality needs.
Also be open to the idea of using materials in different ways, such as quartz that is made to look like granite or using quartzite tiles rather than whole slabs.
Doing your research and planning ahead by stockpiling supplies can go a long way in making sure your project stays on budget and on time.