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Remodeling the kitchen can add tremendous value to your home. Unfortunately, it comes at a cost. The average kitchen model ranges anywhere from $12,000-$34,000. Luxury kitchen remodels sometimes reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There are still a lot of things you can do to improve your kitchen if you’re on a limited budget. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to get you started.
1. Save with RTA Cabinets
Cabinets are one of the most costly aspects of doing a kitchen remodel. They also make the biggest statement in a room. When doing a kitchen remodel, you can save thousands by using ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets. These cabinets come in flat packs with all the hardware you need to put them together. Taking this approach saves costs when purchasing and shipping the product, and drastically reduces your remodel timeline.
Kitchen remodeling experts recommend opting for a white, high gloss RTA cabinet. The light color withstands changing trends and adds a fresh, modern look to any style. The high gloss makes cleaning a breeze.
2. Get Creative with Lighting
Lighting can change the entire look of a room. Unfortunately, a lot of older homes have pot lights, which cast unflattering downward shadows. Others include an old wooden-style fan that fell out of fashion sometime in the late 1980s.
Swapping out the lighting will make a big impact without breaking the bank. Install a few under-cabinet lights as well as a few affordable pendants. Hit the clearance aisle at your preferred home renovation store and choose a classy, affordable light fixture.
3. Don’t Change the Layout
As tempting as it can be to reorganize your kitchen, doing so will drive your costs up by thousands of dollars. To save on your remodel, leave the layout as it is, especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical. Keep in mind that your kitchen was probably put together that way for a reason; any significant changes could require structural alterations to your home.
It’s also important to remember that while the layout change will cost you thousands, it’s unlikely to improve your home’s value.
4. Be a Thrifty Shopper
Many home remodelers make the mistake of thinking they have to buy new. When it comes to renovating your kitchen, being a thrifty shopper can save you a lot of money. Head to local thrift shops or a ReStore that sells leftover Habitat for Humanity cabinets and appliances.
Plan your remodel around clearance items, and don’t hesitate to buy appliances that have a small scratch or bump. When you find appliances with a touch of damage, you can negotiate a better price.
5. DIY When Possible
Hiring professionals will drastically increase your remodeling costs. When renovating your kitchen, take a DIY approach whenever possible. You can use YouTube and Pinterest tutorials to walk you through painting techniques, cabinet installations, laying flooring, and even simple plumbing.
When taking a DIY approach, it’s essential to know your limits. Outsourcing to a professional for significant electrical and plumbing work is always a good idea. However, if you’re not changing the layout, you likely won’t require their services.
6. Stencil or Paint Your Backsplash
Another way to save on your kitchen remodel is to stencil or paint your backsplash rather than replacing it. A simple coat of tile-friendly paint can change the color to match your vision. To elevate the look, you can stencil over dated tile with a new and exciting pattern. This approach looks like you’ve replaced the tile, but will save you hundreds of dollars.
When you plan a kitchen remodel, draft a budget, and stick to it. Consider making changes over time rather than one big, costly project. With these tips, you’ll be able to save on your kitchen remodel and add value to your home.
Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow her on Twitter.