If you're dreaming of remodeling your kitchen, but fear you can't fit it into your budget, there are some things you can do to cut costs. Unless you're trying to transform an older, small kitchen into an open gourmet space that requires knocking out walls, you can often completely transform the appearance and function of your kitchen with a few simple changes that save on money and make the renovation go quicker too. Here are some suggestions that might help.
Avoid The Need For New Pipes And Wiring
If you move around the floor plan of your kitchen, you may have to hire a plumber to install new pipes to the sink or an electrician to install new stove and refrigerator outlets. Consider if it is worth the extra expense, which could be significant. Leaving the kitchen floor plan the same doesn't necessarily hold back your remodeling options. You'll still be able to upgrade countertops, cabinets, and appliances to give your kitchen a modern appearance.
Refinish Rather Than Replace Cabinets
If your cabinets are made of solid wood, you may want to save them and have them refinished. This would require sanding off the old paint and having them professionally stained or painted. When finished, your cabinets will look like they're new and you'll save money over buying replacements. High-quality wood cabinets are expensive, and they last a long time. There's no need to throw yours out if they still have useful life unless you want a different configuration of cabinets in your new kitchen.
Save On Your Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands are very popular, and you may want one that has a cooktop built-in or one that has a sink. These require plumbing and electrical work that adds to your expenses. If you can live without the extras, you can save money by installing a kitchen island that is topped with a countertop only. The island can double as a food preparation surface, dining area, storage area, and as a focal point if you install island pendant lighting. You'll not only save money on the island, but you'll also eliminate costly installation fees by electrical and plumbing contractors.
Add DIY Cabinet Lighting
You can buy inexpensive cabinet lighting and install it yourself and save money. Consider self-adhesive strip lights that you peel and stick to the underside of your cabinets. These plug into an outlet so that you don't need to hire an electrician to put them in. If you prefer the more dramatic look of puck lights under your cabinets, you can consider buying ones that run on batteries. Cut corners on your under cabinet lighting so you can spend more on having recessed lights or track lighting installed by a professional.
The first step in planning your kitchen remodel is to establish a budget. Then, you can talk to your contractor about how to get all the features you want that fit into your price range. Plan out your remodel down to the last detail so you won't be caught off guard by a major expense you're not prepared for. Contact a company like Luxcucina for more information and assistance.