5 Tips to Save in Your Kitchen RemodelWritten By: Cristina Miguelez
Historically, the kitchen was once hidden away from the main house for several reasons, such as to reduce excessive heat and to control smells. Nowadays that is no longer the case. The kitchen has made its debut as an integral part of the home and perhaps the most important room, which is why many homeowners are looking to upgrade the space. In this article, we will explore tips to save in your kitchen remodel.nbsp;
Top Ways to Save in Your Kitchen Remodelnbsp;
The average cost of a kitchen remodel in the United States is between 8,500 to 25,000. The figure might seem a bit wide-ranging, but if you are looking for ways to pinch your pennies, then rest-assured that with frugal decisions, you can cut costs to keep the total amount in the lower end of the spectrum.nbsp;
Choose mid-range efficient appliancesnbsp;
Sure, it is tempting to pick only high-end appliances for your kitchen, but such high-dollar items are usually unnecessary. You can choose practical, energy-efficient appliances that boast acceptable warranties and look fabulous.nbsp;
A factor to consider when picking appliances is longevity. Refrigerators usually last only 15 years or less but a cooktop and range function last considerably longer. Also, if you have a large family then you are constantly washing dishes, so a large, efficient dishwasher becomes a mandatory investment.nbsp;nbsp;
Whichever appliances you choose, try to stick with one brand and appearance. Stainless steel remains the most popular finish choice. If you want your home to appear modern, then you will want to pay close attention to design and appearance while still trying to avoid paying premium prices. Instead, settle for moderate workhorse appliances that provide you with looks, function, energy-efficiency, and longevity.nbsp;
Opt for affordable yet durable counter materialsnbsp;
When you walk into a kitchen, you might believe your focal point is the cabinets but most people zero in on the countertops first. Perhaps it is the clean, sleek design or the sparkle of the surface. A showpiece countertop dictates the cabinetry, room furnishings, and color scheme.nbsp;
When picking countertop materials, remember you can pick granite with a rating of a level 2 grade mid-grade versus a level 3 premium grade. The differences are subtle and usually missed by a novice who does not work in the granite business. Choosing a lovely, mid-grade granite countertop offers a greater return-on-investment. The cost of granite countertops runs from 35 to 500/sq. ft.nbsp;
Laminate countertops are another option. They mimic the appearance of granite without the high cost. Historically, you could not install an under-mount sink in a laminate countertop, but designs have changed and now you can. Laminate hovers at an affordable 5 to 30/sq. ft.
Quartz an engineered stone and concrete countertops are other cost-saving options. The average cost of quartz is 55 to 200/sq. ft. and concrete runs 75 to 200/sq. ft.nbsp;
Resurfacing an older countertop with tile is another option. This project typically costs around 10 to 70/sq. ft.nbsp;
Go for a cosmetic upgrade instead of a whole cabinet replacement
Its tempting to purchase all new cabinets for the kitchen but that can become expensive with 30 linear feet of average cabinets costing from 6,412 to 11,400 for installation. However, resurfacing the existing cabinets is a great way to provide an instant facelift to the room. Many opt to carry out refinishing cabinets as a DIY project to save even more.nbsp;
You can also replace kitchen cabinets with veneer models instead of real wood. Budget cabinets range from 70 to 100 per linear foot.nbsp;Handles, knobs, and pull are the crowning glory on your kitchen cabinets. However, that does not mean that you must spend a fortune on the hardware. Knobs can range from 1 to 100 and hinges from 1 to 15.nbsp; There is a huge range of prices so you can find your comfort zone within your budget.nbsp;
Install a backsplash with attractive, long-lasting materialsnbsp;
Backsplashes look good and showcase not only the kitchen cabinets but also the countertops. There are a lot of different backsplash materials you can choose to create your perfect backsplash, but they arent all created equally. Depending on how much cooking you do, youll want to find a material thats durable, stylish, and long-lasting.
Ceramic tile is very popular but its also costly, with the average price hovering at 5 to 100/sq. ft. However, you can pick a porcelain tile for 5 to 20/sq. ft. Also, why not cut costs by using large tiles that would usually be laid on floors as a backsplash? The bigger tiles require less grout and costly cutting. Deco-pieces like glass tiles are easy to fashion into eye-catching mosaics.nbsp;
Plan ahead by shopping around and doing some work yourself
Feel out your contractors schedule and get him at a slower time of year. Typically the middle of summer and the middle of winter are a little slower and could get you a better rate.
Next, check your local tile, stone, flooring, and bathroom fitting showrooms for odd lots. Odd lots are often left over or returned items. Theyre just as good quality, but they go for rock bottom prices. The only catch is that what you see is what you get, so if you need 150 square feet of something, and they have 140, it wont work. But, many times you can get lucky and find a thousand feet of something discontinued that you can get for pennies. This also goes for sinks and faucets - it really pays to check around, especially if you arent picky.nbsp;
If you need a small piece of stone for a vanity top, bar top, or table, also be sure to ask about remnants at the stone yard.nbsp;
Yes, you can create the kitchen of your dreams on a shoestring budget with just a few of the ideas above. These tips to save in your kitchen remodel help you create an upscale remodel without spending an excessive amount of money. You can enjoy your beautiful kitchen while feeling good about the fact that you have potentially increased the value of your home, which is a great return on your real estate investment.
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