Find great deals for your kitchen remodel without giving up on design
In most homes, the kitchen is used more often than any other space. Not only will you spend multiple hours a day cooking meals, but your family will gather there to eat and spend time together as well. Because of this, an out-of-date or poorly functioning kitchen can become an inconvenience and interruption for day-to-day family life.
If you have been considering a home remodel, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Kitchen remodels are a big investment, but it is helpful to know how much value they add to your home. In most cases, a full remodel will add more than 90 per cent of what you spent on labour and supplies to the value of your home. If you are on a tight budget, a top-to-bottom kitchen remodel is still possible. Here are Modernize’s five tips for finding great deals for your kitchen remodel without giving up on design.
Start with a plan
A plan is crucial if you want to stay within your budget. With careful research and a great contractor, you can work together to determine about how much you will spend on each element of your remodel. Easy Planner 3D is free kitchen designing software you can access online. Using their extensive gallery of home design elements and a 3D planner that you can customise to the floor plan of your kitchen, you can build your perfect space before purchasing a single supply.
Don’t leave the buying up to your contractor
A contractor is an invaluable asset to building a space you love which will last for years to come. However, when you give a contractor complete control, you miss the opportunity to control each element purchased. This means you may spend more unnecessarily, simply because your contractor has brands they normally work with or keep buying out of convenience. Involve yourself in every purchase, looking for places to cut back wherever you can.
Pay for quality, not brand
When it comes to remodelling a heavily used space like the kitchen, you want to avoid skimping on quality as much as possible. That being said, it is helpful to know when you are paying for a brand name instead of the quality of the product. For instance, granite is one of the highest quality countertops you can choose, but there is a lot of variance in price between brands for the same quality of products. Research as much as you can before making a purchase, and choose based on quality instead of assuming a brand name is always the way to go.
Don’t overspend on kitchen appliances
In general, popular opinion on kitchen appliances is that more expensive is not always better. There is a balance between spending too much or too little. Choose a moderately priced line of appliances unless you have the need for top-of-the-line, chef-grade add-ons. If you really want to save some cash, research purchasing refurbished kitchen appliances. You may get lucky enough to find a high-end brand at budget-friendly price.
Repaint or reface cabinets
Cabinets can be one of the biggest expenses in a kitchen remodel, especially if you choose to replace them entirely. Consider repainting or refacing your cabinets instead. Repainting is an option if your cabinets are still in great condition but need a little facelift. Refacing, or applying a thin veneer of wood or plastic, is more expensive than painting, but it’s still significantly more affordable than replacing.
A beautiful kitchen remodel on a tight budget is achievable. Remember to start with a plan before you get started, focus on the quality of product over brand, avoid overspending, and consider repainting or refacing your cabinets.