According to HomeAdvisor, extensive kitchen remodeling costs an average of about $150 per square foot. Homeowners spend between $4,000 and $60,000 on kitchen renovations, depending on the upgrades and changes.
Such figures can make it seem like your dream kitchen is beyond reach. Even though "expensive" is relative, revamping an old kitchen is still a pricey affair for most homeowners. But what if we told you there were some clever ways to renovate without breaking the bank? With some creativity, patience, and the right mindset, you can remodel your kitchen on a shoestring budget by following these tips:
Work with what you have
It helps to have a clear picture of what you are working with from the start and a solid plan for the task ahead. Ask yourself what you really want for your kitchen, the changes that must be made, and the means to make it happen. Dream up realistic expectations based on whatever you have — do not bite off more than you can chew. For instance, avoid expensive makeovers such as structural alterations if the budget does not allow it. Keep the kitchen’s original layout unless you are prepared to redo the walls and floor.
Restore instead of replace
Some basic restoration techniques such as refinishing countertops, scrubbing tiles, reupholstering, and repainting can bring new life to an old kitchen. Plus, some of these refurbishments barely cost a thing. When working on a strict budget, you have to be critical about what goes and what stays. For example, you probably do not need to replace expensive cabinets — some light repairs, cleaning, and a fresh coat of paint or varnish can make them as good as new.
Shop around for the best prices
Inevitably, even with emphasis on restoration, you may have to replace some items, especially outdated appliances and damaged fixtures and fittings. You will also need hardware supplies and materials at some point. The easiest way to save money while shopping is to look for the best deals. Search in your local hardware and online stores for favorable prices on kitchen merchandise. Keep an open mind and consider buying secondhand and fixer-uppers if they have good value for money. Besides, new is not always better.
Save on labor
About a quarter of the remodeling budget covers labor alone. Although you may not single-handedly replace all the carpenters, plumbers, and electricians working on the project, you can at least tackle some of the less demanding menial jobs instead of hiring extra hands. Also, get contractors that work with flexible rates so you can negotiate the fees to a fair price. Remember that some of them are not entirely transparent with their quotes. So, keep an eye out for any hidden or unnecessary charges, and make sure you understand the pricing models to avoid surprises on payday.
Try simple tricks
Sometimes the simplest alterations make the biggest difference. Pay attention to minor details such as lighting, space, color blends, and neatness because they strongly express the whole kitchen's appeal. Inexpensive touches like fitting new curtains, moving some things around, and adding some light bulbs can completely change the mood and look of the room. You just have to make sure that these subtle effects complement the overall transformation.
A kitchen makeover takes time, especially when it strains the wallet. If there is no rush to complete the project, you do not have to do everything in one go. Break down the renovation into manageable spaced-out stages, and everything should come together neatly in the end. And, remember to research on the best renovation ideas, materials, and contractors before getting started.
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