How to Remodel a Kitchen On a Budget

We often think that major kitchen renovations have to cost major money, but it is possible to remodel your kitchen on time and on budget. To learn how to really save money on your kitchen remodel, keep reading for 7valuable tips.

1. Do not move anything

If you're happy with the square-footage and basic layout of your kitchen, you can save a lot of money by keeping all of your appliances, plumbing and gas hook-ups in the same place.

Moving sink plumbing and electrical wiring for your oven can get expensive. By working with your already-existing shell, you'll save a big chunk of your budget.

2. Go custom-made

It's surprising, but you can actually save a lot of money by having your cabinets custom-made by a local carpenter. Have a look through commercial catalogs to get an idea of ​​cabinet designs and layouts that you like. Then get quotes from at least three carpenters and have the cabinets of your dreams custom-made. You can order them unfinished and then paint and lacquer them yourself.

3. Be your own contractor

Cut out the middleman by pricing everything yourself, purchasing all your materials in advance and hiring your own plumber, carpenter, tiler, counter-installer and electrician for specific jobs. You can save up to 25% if you know what you're doing and are able to effectively manage a project.

4. Splurge in the right places

When it comes to kitchens, spend your money where it counts. Granite or slab countertops are worth the extra money, as are stainless-steel ranges and eye-catching flooring. Improvements like these are investments in your home and will significantly add to your house's value.

5. Save in the right places

You can usually save money on items like sink basins, cabinetry hardware, faucets, lighting and discounted appliances. By looking for areas where you can safely save money, you'll free up more money for your splurge fund.

6. Tiled Backsplash

Make a statement with a tiled backsplash. For minimal cost and a day's labor you can make a big impact by creating a tiled backsplash between the tops of your counters and the bottom of your cabinetry. This small job provides a huge “wow” factor.

7. Buy energy-efficient appliances

Just as it's important to splurge in the right places, energy-efficient appliances are another great investment. You'll not only be living a greener lifestyle, but you'll be saving money on future water, gas and electricity bills. Remember to go for the stainless steel.

Source by John Rutledge