It might seem like everything costs an arm and a leg when you’re in the midst of a remodel. Well, don’t stress, we have compiled our top 10 list, to give you great ways, that maybe you haven’t considered, to save money in your Kitchen Remodel.
1. Know your budget and what you want before you talk to a contractor
Planning ahead will save money in the long run, but will also prevent you from going down the rabbit hole of changing and updating more than you can afford. Set the scope and scale- are you going to stick to cabinets and countertops? Or do you want to also include updating the flooring? Kitchen remodeling budgets usually range from about $15,000 to over $45,000. If you are having trouble setting a budget for your remodel, consider limiting your kitchen remodel to 10-15% of your home’s value as recommended in this article.
2. Consider painting your cabinets instead of replacing
The cost of new cabinets is one of the largest expenses in your kitchen. Painting them is actually a great option- going with a darker color will look more modern, a lighter color will make things look nice and clean. Check out these options below. I like the dark cabinets below and white on top!
3. Granite Tiles Instead of a Slab
Everyone wants a granite kitchen countertop. Just the thought of adding this to your kitchen is exciting! But slabs can cost alot, and if you can’t squeeze it into your budget, consider going with a modular granite tile, like Lazy Granite. Lazy Granite tiles are designed to make installation easy and hiding the seams is simple with the right epoxy. Here’s a quick estimator that will give you a quote here.
4. New Cabinet Hardware vs New Cabinets
This is a small thing that makes a big difference. The wrong knob or handle can give a really dated/cheap look, conversely, the right handle, can update and modernize the look of the entire cabinet. Check out these examples:
5. Get Smart with Backsplash
Adding backsplash along the entire depth of your counter up to your cabinets might look great, but consider using a shorter backsplash that goes about 4-5″ up the wall. Another option is to create a wall of tile just behind the stove. This creates a dramatic focal point and dramatically decreases the area you need to cover.
6. Avoid moving your appliances
Some appliances will cost more than others to move. Gather estimates before you commit to this one. A fridge will need a water line for the icebox, moving the stove could require new duct work if you have a hood vent.
7. Refinish instead of Replace Flooring
If you’re lucky enough to have the original hardwoods in the kitchen of your home, don’t mess with them! They can almost always be patched, filled and refinished to look great and add so much character! If you must replace- perhaps you’re dealing with a terrible olive linoleum, consider some of the newer materials for flooring like bamboo, cork or wood laminate.
8. Do the Demo Yourself
Demo can be a forgotten cost overlooked by many homeowners in the budgeting process. Rather than spending the money on a professional you can disassemble cabinets, remove old appliances and pop off those old countertops with the help of a few tools and a little elbow grease.
9. Shop Around
Big box stores might seem like they’ll be the lowest, but you might be surprised if you shop around. For example, Bath and Granite 4 less in Denver offers great prices on kitchen countertops that beat out the bigger stone manufacturers because they fabricate in house. Lighting and other design elements can come from local thrift shops and with a little refinishing will add so much character.
10. The right lighting
Under cabinet lighting is one area that will make a huge impact in your kitchen and doesn’t cost a lot. When you’re making those cuts based on what will give you the biggest bang for your buck… keep this one on the list.
So, if you’re looking for ways to save money in your kitchen remodel, don’t be afraid to get creative, question costs that are high and it never hurts to plan ahead. Good luck!