If it’s been quite some time since you remodeled your kitchen, you may start looking into this project and realize how expensive it can really be. In fact, the average kitchen renovation runs between $20,000 and $50,000, according to HGTV. Of course, the final price tag will depend on how far you take the remodel, whether you knock out a wall, the quality of the appliances you choose, and which materials for flooring and countertops you select. Fifty grand is a lot of money. How can you get the kitchen you want without going broke in the process? Here are some tips:
Hire a Designer
You may assume hiring a professional to design your new kitchen will blow your budget. The truth is, if you attempt to do it yourself — particularly if you have a grand plan for a major remodel — you can make costly structural and aesthetics mistakes that could come back to haunt you later. Then, you’re stuck paying to fix your mistakes and hire a professional in the end anyway. A professional can actually help you save money because they know the shortcuts to take that won’t compromise the integrity of the remodel, advising you on where you can safely cut back and where you should splurge.
Wow Them With White
White is a vastly underestimated color for kitchens. Many people tend to stay away from it because they fear it will show off any dirt or splashes. However, white is a great way to open up the space of your kitchen, fill it with natural light and give your home an airy feel. Paint can go a long way, too. Paint your old wooden kitchen cabinets white and update the drawer pulls and accessories with brushed nickel or chrome, complemented by stainless steel appliances, suggests Better Homes and Gardens. Add affordable white subway tiles as a backsplash, completed by warm butcher block. Or, if you have one area in which to splurge, convert your old laminate countertops to natural stone, such as marble, granite or quartz. The extra money spent here will contribute to the long life span of your kitchen.
Gorgeous finishes are often the key to gaining the look of an elegant, upscale kitchen but at a fraction of the cost. This stacked-stone panel cost just $750 yet becomes the focal point of the whole room. Then, you’re free to spend a bit more on the quartz countertops, making for a smart investment because they don’t have to be resealed.
Check out this sleek and modern kitchen, repurposed from an old 1950s-style abode. Modular granite tiles create a high-end look on a budget, plus they’re easy to install and cost thousands of dollars less than a granite slab. Aluminum-frame doors with frosted glass transform the cabinets and open up the space.
Staying on Budget
You can save a big chunk of change by opting out of custom elements such as all-new cabinets and brand new high-end flooring. Surface changes such as countertops, accents, and painting cabinets can bring your total price way down. Home Advisor says a small project between $10,000 and $15,000 includes painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash, whereas a $30,000+ renovation includes custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and high-end appliances. By compromising on certain elements and highlighting one or two high-end features, you can get the kitchen you want for less.
Let a professional guide you. Call us today to get started! We can advise you on how to create budget-friendly kitchen makeovers.