One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is to remodel your kitchen. When potential buyers walk into your house, the kitchen is one of the first and most important areas they consider. Furthermore, remodeling your kitchen can keep it more modern and functional for your lifestyle. Read more to find out how you can maximize your kitchen remodel on a budget, and revamp your kitchen without breaking the bank!
Planning Your Kitchen Budget and Renovation Details
Before you begin your renovations, it is important to come up with a renovation plan and a budget. You can choose to work with experts or develop one by yourself. This is important as without a master plan, it is easy to overspend on wants and not needs. A budget and renovation plan can help to keep you in check, and prevent you from spending on unnecessary things.
Add molding to your kitchen
Instead of changing your cabinets completely, consider adding a trim, like crown molding, to your kitchen. Even if you custom-make a trim to add to your kitchen, you will still save a lot of money by making use of your existing cabinetry. Box cabinets can be transformed completely when you add crown molding or under-trim, making them look like they are custom built-ins. Adding crown molding to cabinets that have a lot of space on the top can also give an illusion of a bigger kitchen.
Reface cabinets in your kitchen
Refacing cabinets is relatively easy and can be done quickly when installed by experienced professionals. It can transform the look of your kitchen and is an affordable alternative compared to all new or custom kitchen cabinets. If you can make use of your existing cabinet boxes, cabinet refacing allows you to upgrade the style and colors as you please. This is not only functional, but enhances the aesthetics of your kitchen significantly. It also comes at a fraction of the price of replacing kitchen cabinets entirely. Here at Kitchen Magic, we expertly reface and install your cabinets, saving you both time and money.
Adding new hardware like new cabinets, or refacing existing ones can enhance the look of your kitchen. One good tip is to research online and find local resale shops that offer complete hardware sets. This can give your kitchen a unique and premium look.
Handle the kitchen demolition yourself
By handling your own demolition, you can save some extra money during your kitchen remodel. However, it is important to approach this very carefully, and to have a few different options to consider. Yes, it can sometimes be tedious and difficult, but if you manage to pull it off, it can be worth the time and effort saving a lot of money.
Furthermore, some homeowners may find tearing down walls a therapeutic and fun process. But, if you decide to demolish your own kitchen, you must be clear about what should - and should NOT - be demolished so you don't end up accidentally destroying a part of your house that should stay. Remember to research, wear protective gear, a mask and cover your floor to protect it from debris.
Spend time finding accessory items
No matter what kind of renovation or remodeling project you're engaged in, it is likely you will need to purchase many different materials and products that you didn’t think about initially. If you simply choose to purchase everything you need at the first store you visit, it is likely you are missing out on some great deals somewhere else. The more research you do, and the more time you spend shopping at different places, the higher chance there is for you to stumble upon a great deal and find affordable alternatives for your home. From kitchen towels to accessories like new wall hangings or a new paper towel holder to curtains or island bar stools, the ‘extras’ can add up. And don’t forget you may want to update your appliances.
Keep your existing layout
Sometimes, people think about their ideal kitchen and lean towards the idea of changing the entire layout. However, changing the whole kitchen can require additional time, permits and inspections. You will need to figure out how you want to change windows, plumbing and electrical wall locations and more.
Also, if you are trying to figure out how to move things around, consider keeping any existing appliances in place. If you decide to move these appliances, it means you need to think about how to change the existing electrical configuration, which will increase the time and the overall cost of your renovation significantly.
Consider second-hand purchases
If you are replacing appliances and other items in your kitchen, consider purchasing second-hand appliances or pre-loved items from your family and friends instead of buying brand new items to furnish your kitchen. This can range from materials to furniture to anything else you may require for your kitchen remodel. And, up-cycling can save you time and money. You may even occasionally stumble across unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are unable to be found in stores!
Remodel with Kitchen Magic
If you are looking for experienced kitchen professionals to assist you in remodeling your kitchen, no matter how big or small, look no further than Kitchen Magic. Since 1979, we've remodeled nearly 60,000 kitchens, for homeowners just like you, and will be able to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today! We would love to work with you and help you create a more functional and aesthetic kitchen for your home.