Remodeling an outdated kitchen can be overwhelming especially when you start calculating the expenses against your budget. When you finally decide to move forward with the remodeling process, there are some budget-friendly avenues you can take. Here are some ideas that allow you to remodel the kitchen without spending a fortune.
Keep within the same layout. One large cost saving factor to a kitchen remodel is to keep the same layout. When plumbing and electrical doesn't have to be moved, you can save money by not hiring additional contractors and knocking down walls.
Refinish or paint the existing cabinets. If cabinets are in good shape and are good quality, having the existing cabinets painted will be most cost effective compared to purchasing new cabinets. This option will also provide you with a wide variety of colors to choose from.
Remove upper cabinets. Making your kitchen look bigger without knocking down walls and staying within the same footprint is easy. Most times an overabundance of unnecessary kitchen items are stored in cabinets. These items are rarely used or at one time may have seen more usage. Purge kitchen items that take up space. By removing upper cabinets the kitchen space will now visually appear larger.
Remove or Replace cabinet doors. If removing upper cabinets from the space isn't an option, remove upper cabinet doors instead. This avenue will allow for glasses and dishware to be easily accessible and will ensure that unnecessary clutter won't be seen. Or, on the upper cabinets, you can replace cabinet doors with glass doors.
Countertop replacement. If choosing to replace the kitchen counter top, consider granite countertops. Granite can be expensive especially if a larger kitchen is being remodeled. Keeping to a grade 1 compared to a grade 4 or 5 exotic stone will still give you an updated new kitchen look.
Replace Sink and faucet. Change out the sink and faucet if the decision is made to keep the existing counter top, replace the sink and update the faucet hardware. These small changes will make a large impact on the new kitchen look.
Change out cabinet hardware and hinges. This is an easy update that will have tremendous impact on the cabinets. Using a newer fresher style cabinet or bin pull depending on the style of the kitchen is a change worth implementing. So many new styles are available to choose from.
Update lighting. A quick and updated look can also happen by making a lighting change. Remove that old florescent light over the sink and replace it with a funky stylish pendant light. Most times the florescent light is hidden behind a cornice bridge that joins cabinets over the sink. This board is usually only decorative. Remove this cornice and expose the newly installed pendant light.
Exploring some of these options when budgeting for your kitchen remodeling project will give you a newly updated kitchen without spending a fortune. For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.
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