Remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive proposition and not all homeowners have the ability to fund a big budget project such as that. On the other side of the coin, investing in a high end custom kitchen may not make economic sense either. An up to date kitchen will generally return at least 80 percent of the cost of a home when it is sold. Any money spent on such a project will be dollars well spent.
There are ways to update the look and efficiency of a kitchen without breaking the bank. One way to help the budget is to perform as much of the work as possible yourself; shopping for bargains, sales and closeouts when choosing materials and supplies will also help the budget. A worthwhile investment for any do it yourselfer is a How To book or two.
Small budget kitchen projects, such as $5,000 to $7,000, will usually cover a facelift. Fresh paint and wall paper, replacing hardware and faucets and installing new lighting will give the kitchen a fresh and updated look. Swapping out the fabric on stools and chairs and window treatments will have a substantial impact on the look of the kitchen.
Kitchen upgrade budgets of $7,000 to $15,000 will usually cover countertop replacement and perhaps appliances, as well, along with fresh paint and wallpaper, lighting, window treatments and hardware. Using countertop products that mimic expensive countertops will give the kitchen a great look for less cost. When looking for appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators and stoves, don’t be afraid to look at the discount stores that sell brand name appliances at less costly prices because the appliance may have an imperfection such as a scratch or dent and does not impact the way the appliance works. Most of the time the imperfection is barely visible, but a department or appliance store will not carry the product because of the imperfection.
Custom cabinets are a great addition to any but, but when the budget needs a little mercy, pre-manufactured cabinets will do the job and be less costly. If desired, add fancier door handles and hinges to give the cabinet an upgraded look. Of course, there is nothing wrong with refinishing the old cabinets and giving them a different color and hardware. If new cabinets are in the budget, installing them yourself will help save the budget.
For projects that require demolition, swinging the hammer and pulling out as much as possible yourself will help the budget. Keep in mind once a kitchen is pulled apart, its use will be greatly minimized until the new work has been completed.
There are a number of flooring options that will also be kind to the budget. Consider a flooring laminate instead of hardwood. The laminate flooring options are easier to install and clean and often wear better than hardwood flooring. Ceramic tile is wear and moisture resistant and is another less costly, but functional option that will give the kitchen a new and upgraded look.