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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas on a Budget
Remodeling a kitchen can be one of the most intensive projects you can choose. It is also one of two remodeling projects that can significantly increase the value of a home. The cost today of remodeling a kitchen is on average from $15,000 to $60,000 with the cost of new cabinets being from one-third to half the cost of the average budget. For many families this means saving the money, a bank loan or reducing the cost with budget saving measures.
Saving money is always welcome, but when it comes to a kitchen remodel you don’t want to cut corners in order to save. Let’s look at some ways to save and still achieve a quality kitchen.
Set up a mini kitchen. Unless you have budgeted for eating out at every meal, setting up a microwave, toaster over and coffee pot in another room can save the money otherwise spent eating out.
Eliminate Unnecessary Expenses
If your budget is restricted, don’t plan on making structural alterations unless you are doing the work yourself. Adding an adjoining room, moving doors, sinks, range or extending outward are going to add to the costs of carpentry, electrical and plumbing work. This may include extra permits and inspections to ensure code is adhered to as well. If budget isn’t a problem, enlarging a too small kitchen will not only provide a more functional kitchen, but can add substantially to its beauty and appeal. If you’re planning to sell your house in the near future, an appealing kitchen can make or break a sale. Just ensure you don’t spend more than you can get back on the home’s sale.
Cabinets are often the largest expense in a kitchen remodeling project and for the budget minded it makes sense to reduce costs with cabinets. However, you will regret buying flimsy cabinetry to save money. You want to choose good quality hardwood cabinetry, and you can achieve this by opting for standard prebuilt over custom built cabinets.
The best way to save money on cabinets is to use the ones you have if they are sound in structure. If they simply look worn and are good quality they can be refinished or painted. As long as they are structurally sound, existing doors can be altered and upgraded to glass fronted cabinet doors.
Concrete, granite and quartz countertops look great, but tile and laminate are still good looking options for keeping the cost down. Today’s laminates are more durable and can mimic granite more closely than ever before without the substantial cost of natural stone. If you insist upon marble, but it simply isn’t in the budget, marble tile may be a cost saving option for you.
Ceramic tile provides the opportunity for creativity and a custom look in a kitchen. You can also mix it up, using marble for the gorgeous work island where you prepare bread and pastry, but utilizing laminate or tile on other counter top surfaces.
There is no doubt that wood floors look great, but the cost can be a real budget buster. Laminate and vinyl can provide a similar look of wood or stone flooring. Compare costs closely if you choose wood. Some of the engineered products will cost almost as much or even more than genuine wood. It may feature a lifetime warranty but genuine wood can be refinished repeatedly for many decades.
If your home is concrete slab construction, concrete staining is a very popular and great looking low cost alternative for flooring. Simple staining provides a stunning floor.
Choose Energy Star appliances and check for rebates before purchase. Purchasing floor displays can save money as can bent and dent discounted models. If the dents are going to be located where they are not visible there is no reason why you shouldn’t choose it when it will save you $100-$500 or more.
Shop around for the best buy. I spent $300 for my name brand faucet; imagine my horror when I found the same brand and almost identical style at a discount store for $39.
Clearance fixtures can save you substantially. If durability is an important factor for you, the longest lasting plumbing fixtures are going to be the professional grade fixtures provided by plumbers. These super durable fixtures will far outlast those purchased in many retail outlets and home supply stores.
You want large, elegant crown molding but can only afford the simple crown. An option is to use built-up crown which combines standard crown molding with two pieces of base trim. It provides a dramatic crown that is easier to install and less expensive than a single crown of the same size. The added benefit of this three piece method will also help to make installing crown easier on uneven walls.
Watch for sales at your local home supply store. They also occasionally have tiles on clearance; just ensure you purchase enough as it may be a discontinued item. Another alternative are suppliers of brick, stone and tile who also have stock on clearance from time to time.
You can paint the wall with washable paint and use just a row or two of tile above the countertop, saving dramatically on the cost of tile.
Watch for sales and clearance sales. Check online where clearance sales can be up to 70% off. Depending upon the type of lighting in the kitchen you may be able to upgrade current fixture(s) by exchanging the glass for a new style eliminating a whole fixture install and the need for an electrician’s services.
Our Professionals Take Care of the Problems
A kitchen remodel frequently exposes leaks and resulting damage. Not every homeowner desires to take on the hard work and challenges of a DIY kitchen project. Furthermore, not every municipality will allow it. It is a good idea to check your local codes before attempting any DIY home repair or remodel. When you want to ensure a thorough kitchen remodel by experienced professionals, call the master plumbers and kitchen remodel experts of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Fort Worth.
Our dedicated and skilled professionals can provide you with the kitchen remodel you desire. From start to finish our team has the knowledge and the experience to provide all of the professional services a kitchen remodel requires for a worry-free experience in obtaining the kitchen of your dreams.
Give our professional plumbers in Arlington, Texas or Fort Worth a call today for a free kitchen remodel estimate and answers to all of your remodeling questions. Let’s get started, we love to make dreams come true.