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Ways to Save on a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel can run you anywhere from a few thousand dollars for essential improvements to hundreds of thousands or more for a luxury, state-of-the-art upgrade. The purpose of a remodel is to make the most out of your kitchen, so you certainly don’t want to cut too many corners. But there are some steps you can take to lower the amount you spend without compromising quality for a budget-friendly kitchen remodel. With a little planning, you can make some major savings. Here are six tips for how to make your money go farther when you’re revamping your kitchen.

1. Maintain the Basic Configuration of Your Kitchen

While it may be tempting to overhaul the layout and configuration of your kitchen completely, it’s more cost-effective to build your kitchen remodel designs around the basic structure. The cost to relocate a plumbing appliance like a dishwasher more than three feet generally ranges from $500-$1000+. This is because it’s not just the appliance that gets moved but all the associated plumbing, electrical, and possibly gas lines. It’s quite pricey to move utility lines, so if you’re planning a remodel on a budget, it’s a great idea to leave those major appliances where they are and design around them.



We at Nelson Cabinetry are here to help with free design assistance that includes layout configuration, elevation, and 3D renderings. Send us an email at info@nelsonkb.com with a photo of your existing kitchen and we will send you a free 3D design proposal.

2. Explore the Possibility of Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets

The biggest expense in a kitchen remodel is cabinetry, so it’s especially important to choose wisely when working on a budget. One essential point of consideration is that custom cabinets cost about twice as much as ready-to-assemble cabinets. Custom cabinets frequently use particle board instead of plywood and sometimes even use MDF (medium-density fiberboard) in the doors. At Nelson Cabinetry, we only use the best materials: plywood for the box and shelves and wood for the frame, drawers, and drawer faces.


Nelson Cabinetry Gray Shaker Kitchen Collection Straight Wall with Spice Rack
Nelson Cabinetry Gray Shaker Kitchen Collection Straight Wall with Spice Rack


Choosing Nelson RTA cabinets over custom cabinets could save you thousands – if not tens of thousands – of dollars. With Nelson Cabinetry, you have the peace of mind that comes along with ordering a high-quality product at affordable prices. RTA cabinets can save you time, too, since all you need is to do is choose which sizes you want and order them with a click of a button. Best of all, our cabinets usually arrive in 7-10 business days compared to months of waiting for custom and semi-custom cabinets.

3. Divide the Remodel into Different Phases

There’s no need to do the entire remodel all at once, and you can leave some of the finishing touches for last. By splitting up the process into different stages, you can also be sure that each phase gets done right without rushing. You can then wait to complete the next stage when your finances are up to it. After you’ve developed a kitchen design and you’re working on your budget, determine which phases will prevent you from using the kitchen and how long you’ll be able to go without it.


Three steps to replacing kitchen cabinets
Three steps to replacing kitchen cabinets


The first phase of replacing cabinets involves disconnecting the electricity and plumbing, and this may take 2-3 hours, with approximately the same time needed for countertops.


The second phase consists of removing the upper and lower cabinets. Renovating them by sanding or painting is usually an option. However, keep in mind the cost of replacing old cabinets with new Nelson Cabinets is relatively low, and it might make more sense to replace all of the cabinets with new cabinetry that has a limited lifetime warranty. You can split the second phase into two parts, removing the upper cabinets and then the base cabinets.


The third phase of your project consists of ordering, assembling, and installing your new kitchen cabinets. This third phase will account for the largest portion of your kitchen remodel budget. Luckily, Nelson Cabinetry offers industry-competitive prices and has several options for financing if necessary.


The final phases in your kitchen remodel plans should be dedicated to appliances, flooring, lighting and design features. You can stagger these based on what you can afford and how well you can work your life around the remodeling work.


An important aspect in dividing the work is considering when there are sales, coupons and discounts for each purchase. At Nelson Cabinetry, we usually have sales, coupons, and discounts for all major holidays. Thus, a great way to save is to plan each phase around a holiday/sale.


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4. Electricity and Fixtures

It’s essential that outlets and fixtures in your kitchen function perfectly, so there’s no getting around the cost of getting a job well done. However, it’s worth considering track lighting instead of recessed lighting for a more cost-effective kitchen remodel. Track lighting is modern and cheerful and can save you hundreds of dollars. This is because installing track lighting is a breeze and there’s no need to run wires through the ceiling.

5. Wait for the Right Time to Buy Appliances

Investing in high-quality appliances can make a big difference in your kitchen. Choose appliances that will last and that will help you make the most of your kitchen. It’s better to wait for the big appliance sales that happen around Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July. Many stores also offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on appliances. If you need to buy an appliance right away, call different stores and ask about their price matching policy. Some stores will match a competitor’s sale price for up to 30 days after your purchase.

6. Do It Yourself!

Save on remodelling costs by doing it yourself. Almost everything can be self-taught through books, articles, and online YouTube videos. Our cabinets are shipped in flat packs and we feature YouTube videos that make set-up and assembly a breeze. They also let you know how long the process will take so you can budget your time, too.


In addition, there are many other areas where you can save simply by doing it yourself. For example, tiling is a challenging job, but with careful planning and execution, it can be done without professional help. The same goes for painting walls and cabinets.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to kitchen remodelling, there are many things to consider. But with a little planning and forethought, you can create a kitchen that’s both stylish, functional, and affordable. Save these tips to get started on your kitchen remodel today and remember, Nelson Cabinetry designers are always available to help!



Quick Summary:

•It is possible to remodel a kitchen on a budget by taking some specific steps, such as maintaining the basic configuration of the kitchen, choosing ready-to-assemble cabinets, and dividing the remodel into different phases.
• Other ways to save money on a kitchen remodel include using track lighting instead of recessed lighting and waiting for appliance sales.
• Finally, doing some of the work yourself can also help reduce costs.

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