How to Save Money on Your Next Kitchen Remodel

 

 

 

Kitchens are one of the most expensive areas of the home to remodel due to the material and labor costs. But the good news is: a budget kitchen remodel is possible with the right ideas. Follow this 6 step guide and you’ll be a lot closer to your dream kitchen.

 

 

 

Somewhere between Pinterest and Instagram posts lies a vision of our dream kitchen. It might seem like a total renovation isn’t in the budget at the moment, but is that really true? You are only seeing the final results all over the internet but no one ever tells you how they got there.

 

Most homeowners in the U.S. spend between $18,000 and $27,000 in total project costs to remodel their kitchen. Sometimes the number goes even exceeds $50,000!

 

We all know that remodeling your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. Sure, it’s an investment but is it wise to invest a quarter or even half of your home’s worth into one room? We don’t think so! So how do you maximize your home’s value on a budget?

 

 

Use Your Existing Kitchen Layout

kitchen layout design

  • If you’re happy with your kitchen layout, try to maintain as much of your current layout as possible for significant cost savings.

 

  • Moving the actual layout of a kitchen comes at a higher cost. Moving the position of an oven or sink involves changing wires and plumbing. So keeping the same layout will save you thousands of dollars.

 

Tip: Use our Free 3D kitchen design to help you with the existing layout. It’s free and it can give you a fresh perspective on your next steps.

 

 

Pick Ready to Assemble Cabinets

Ready to assemble shaker kitchen cabinets for remodelling
Image Source: Pinterest

 

  • The biggest cost in a kitchen remodel is new cabinets. The most expensive option is buying custom cabinets. They are designed, built, and installed to specifically fit your space.

 

  • Custom cabinets can cost from $10,000 to $60,000, as cabinets can range from $250 to $1,500 per linear foot.

 

  • Ready to assemble cabinets or RTA can sometimes be half the cost. They cost from around $125 to $900 per linear foot depending on the material, style, and cost of installation. If you are a DIYer, you can assemble these yourself and this will also save you money. At  Nelson cabinetry, you can find yourself a great promo deal!

 

Tip: If this option exceeds your budget and your cabinets are in good shape, you can replace the fronts. Front door samples cost around $20. And if you have a lot of time, you can repaint all your fronts for a few hundred dollars.

 

Find The Best Deal for your Appliances

 

buying appliances when remodelling your kitchen
Image Source: Pinterest

 

  • To save some money, consider opting for used appliances. A slightly used refrigerator or oven will end up costing a lot less than a new one and will work just as well.

 

  • If you’re buying new appliances, make big purchases one at a time. Choose whatever you use most or have the most issues with, and swap it out for a newer model.

 

Tip: Do your research and find the best deal online. Make sure you buy your appliances with a discount. If your current appliances are still in pretty good condition, you can sell them or even give them away to charities.

 

Be Smart When Picking Countertops

 

Showing the countertops when remodelling the kitchen
Image Source: Pinterest

 

  • Look for budget-friendly alternatives. Learn more about kitchen countertops and their differences before picking your best choice.

 

  • We all love that fancy elegant look but what if our budget won’t let us have it? Most manufacturers offer “imperfect” slabs of quartz, granite, and others at a significantly lower price.

 

Tip: If your budget doesn’t allow you options, you can always save up by adding oversized cutting boards. They will look amazing and will camouflage that spot you’d like to hide.

 

 

Explore Different Lighting Options

 

showing the lighting when remodelling the kitchen
Image Source: Pinterest

 

  • Adding recessed lighting is a lot of work with a lot of hidden costs. The numbers can go from $100 to $200 for the project.

 

  • To keep costs down, try track lighting. There are many styles, shapes, and finishes and they give off plenty of light for tasks in the kitchen. Plus, they are becoming popular in interior design.

 

Tip: When placed on a dimmer, you will have the perfect ambient light for entertaining.

 

 

 

Be Bold and Creative

 

With some creativity and know-how to, you can still have that beautiful kitchen you always wanted that will add value and beauty to your home. And you won’t have to worry too much about the budget as there are many ways for you to get what you want. It’s also possible to introduce one new feature, like a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, or Shaker cabinets (Nelsonkb) to give your kitchen a whole new look. The only thing you need to do is to be bold in your choices, make the first move, and start your planning.