Ways to Save on a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel can run you anywhere a few thousand dollars for essential improvements up 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 definitely 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 five tips for how to make your money go farther when you’re revamping your kitchen.

Maintain the Basic Configuration of Your Kitchen

While it may be tempting to completely overhaul the layout and configuration of your kitchen, 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 of 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.

Explore the Possibility of Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets

The biggest expense in a kitchen remodel are the cabinets, so it’s especially important to choose wisely when working on a budget. One essential point of consideration is that custom cabinets actually 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. Choosing RTA over custom cabinets could save you thousands – if not tens of thousands – of dollars, and with Nelson Cabinetry, you have the peace of mind that comes along with ordering a high-quality product. RTA cabinets can save you time, too, since all you need to choose which ones you want and order them. Best of all, our cabinets usually arrive in 7-10 business days compared to months of waiting for custom and semi-custom cabinets.

Divide the Remodel into Different Phases

There’s no need to do the entire remodel all at once, and you can definitely 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 having to rush. 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 using it.

The first phase to 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 remove the upper and lower cabinets. Renovating them by sanding or painting is usually an option but, the cost of replacing them with 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 phases 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 to include in your kitchen remodel plans should be dedicated to appliances, the flooring, and lighting and design features. You can stagger these based on both what you can afford and how well you will be able to work your life around the remodeling work.

An important aspect in dividing the work is to consider 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.

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 actually 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.

Do It Yourself!

Save on assembly 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.