How to Lower Kitchen Renovation Expenses

 

Cabinets are generally one of the biggest investments you’ll be making in a kitchen remodel, so be sure to factor them into your budget early on. This will save you from any surprises in the later stages of the process. Also, if you play your cards right, you can also be sure to make some great savings where it counts. Read on for our tips on how to get quality cabinets without breaking the bank!

RTA cabinets

 

Custom cabinets definitely have their appeal, but there are drawbacks, too. When looking at the pros and cons of RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets versus custom cabinetry, RTAs reliably comes out ahead in price – but that’s not all. One of the biggest disadvantages with custom cabinets is the amount of time it can take, even with the most experienced cabinetmakers. You probably don’t have a custom-made office desk, bed, or dining room table – so what exactly is the rationale for made-to-order cabinets? Generally, people like the flexibility in terms of sizing, but fillers are available for RTA cabinets so you can get the perfect fit.

 

Check the warranty

 

While it’s exciting to think about what your kitchen could look like in the short term, keep in mind that it makes the most sense to be thinking years down the line, too. Investments now can pay off in the future, and there’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes with making a quality product that has a good warranty. It’s always wise to make a price comparison, but what about a warranty comparison? There’s a good breakdown of the warranties offered by Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Nelson Cabinetry here (see the chart), where you can see that Nelson far outshines its competitors by offering a limited lifetime warranty.

Go for a timeless cabinet style

 

Since cabinets are a significant expense, you probably won’t want to be swapping them out anytime soon. This means that in addition to ensuring you have a solid warranty (see above), you’ll also want to opt for classic cabinets, like the Shaker style. This perennial favorite features a flat center panel and square edges with no ornamentation. It’s minimalistic and symmetrical, with minimal profiling or detailing. They’ve been around for centuries and match pretty much every kind of decor, which can explain why they are a customer favorite year after year.

 

Stick with your current layout

 

When renovating the kitchen, it’s tempting to make drastic changes so you can start with a blank slate – but moving around appliances or knocking down walls can be extremely costly, and is usually unnecessary. If your kitchen layout is absolutely not working for you, try to find ways to minimize the changes you make to the configuration so you can make your renovation budget go farther.

Work with an online design tool

 

According to houzz.com, hiring a kitchen designer can cost anywhere from $500 to $10,000, though the typical rate is $2,500 to $3,500. Yikes! That can definitely take a big bite out of a kitchen renovation budget before you’ve even determined what materials you’ll be using! There’s no need to just abandon the thought of design altogether. Unless you are simply replacing one or two appliances or swapping out some countertops or cabinets, designing is an absolutely crucial part of the planning process. And most homeowners actually find it to be really enjoyable! Doing it on your own also means you can take your sweet time making all your decisions, since there’s nobody waiting for you. Fortunately, it’s easy and free to use an online 3d design tool, which can be your first step towards your new dream kitchen. Just send along a photo, layout plan, blueprint, and/or any additional media to take that first important step towards a gorgeous and budget-friendly kitchen!

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