Tips to Help You Avoid a Budget Busting Kitchen Remodel
We’re all aware of how central our kitchens are to our family’s everyday activities, not to mention our special occasions. More often than not, these culinary spaces provide more than a mere space to prepare nutrition. For many people their home’s kitchen has the capacity to bring together generations and provide sustenance for the mind, body and soul. As such this space remains one of the most popular areas of our homes to update and remodel. After all who wouldn’t want to create a welcoming space that truly reflects their own individual vibrancy? Exactly. So now that we’ve decided to pursue this journey of kitchen reform how do we avoid busting our individual budgets? Read on dear friends, read on…
Refaced Cabinetry - Before and After
As the largest occupant of your invaluable kitchen real estate these particular sultans of storage often have the most profound visual effect on your kitchen’s environment. That being said you can easily spend anywhere between $5,000 to $25,000 purchasing brand new replacements. Now unless you are one of the lucky few that was miraculously spared the assault of our current economic storms, you are probably not anxious to shell out the purchase price of a new car merely re-shelving the walls. Don’t! Rather than replacing each individual cabinet you could save yourself upwards of 80% by simply refacing or painting your existing cabinetry. Install new or vintage hardware to achieve a polished new look.
Hint: Shopping for hardware online allows for extensive price comparisons and use of promo codes for additional savings!
Considerably one of the most important surfaces in your home, your countertops are the visual equivalent of a kitchen “lawn”. Who doesn’t love the look of a well manicured lawn? That being said natural material counters such as granite and quartz are the current epitome of the beautifully maintained kitchen “lawn”. As such they can cost anywhere from $40 to several hundred dollars per sq. foot. So rather than installing materials with prices that leave you gasping for air, why not consider a natural block hardwood countertop or the modern appeal of current ceramic tiles? These alternatives can offer the same visual and tactile appeal of other natural materials but at half the cost!
Butcher Block Countertop
Tip: Think twice about purchasing “professional-grade” appliances. While their swanky features are quite tantalizing, multiple ovens are generally not a “seal-the-deal” feature when re-selling your home. Instead, ditch the diva style, dual-fuel range and opt for replacing the aged appliances with energy-efficient, standard models.
Quite literally the foundation of a beautiful kitchen is it’s flooring. Despite hardwood and laminates remaining popular choices, 3) the latest trend in high-end flooring is marble. So for those of us who would prefer to retain our financial marbles rather than scattering them about the floor, we have a solution! Rather than selling off vital organs to replace your flooring we would recommend the far more affordable alternatives of using ceramic or porcelain tiles. Especially considering that marble flooring will run you an average of $10-$40 per sq. foot versus glazed ceramic tile costs of $1-$20 per sq. foot and porcelain tiles cost of $2-$4 per sq. foot, saving you up to 95%!
Tip: Quickest route to a kitchen revamp is with a fresh coat of paint. Best to remember though that if you plan to sell soon earth toned paint is your friend!
Fact: The average kitchen renovation takes 2 years to complete and has a return on investment (ROI) of 68.7%. 1), 2)
1) National Kitchen and Bath Association
2) National Association of Realtors 2010-2011
(Remodeling Cost v. Value Report)
3) National Kitchen and Bath Association