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8 Ways to Stretch Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

Pexels Photo 89235If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, you will be faced with a number of decisions. Most of them will have you revisiting the budget from time to time.  The best way to go about it is to find ways to maximize your budget so you can make a few meaningful changes. Don’t think that because you don’t have a lot to spend, that your kitchen dreams are out of reach. Here are some great ideas for getting more from a small budget.

  1. Start with the Layout. The type of layout you choose will play a major role in the path of the remodeling project. It also impacts the flow with adjoining spaces.
  2. Refurbish cabinets. If you don’t need additional storage, there may be no need to replace the cabinets you have. A new color or finish can work wonders, and you can use the money you save in another part of the kitchen.
  3. Choose the countertop wisely. The countertop is often seen as a big budget item for kitchen remodeling, but this does not have to be the case. If granite, marble or natural stone are above your price range, consider options such as laminates, glazed tempered glass, solid surface products and reclaimed wood.
  4. Don’t focus on brands. It is always tempting to go for the top appliance brands when updating the kitchen, but this can quickly drive up your budget. Focus on getting appliances that are suitable for your needs and the right sizes for the space you have available.
  5. Make plans for a pantry. If you add a pantry to your kitchen plans, you may be able to avoid the stress of needing extra storage later on. A pantry helps to keep the space organized, so you will always be able to find what you need.
  6. Explore DIY options. The contractor does not have to do all the work if there are a few things you can handle. Try dealing with some of the less challenging tasks like painting or installing lighting fixtures.
  7. Use remnant pieces. Many kitchen remodels leave some pieces of material behind that ends being wasted. Since you already paid for it, explore ways to use these remnant pieces. You can make a new cutting board or a spice rack.
  8. Save on the floor. A hardwood floor that has seen better days does not have to be replaced. Sanding and refinishing is a much cheaper option. If you are planning a floor replacement, consider options like cork, which are cheaper and gentle on the feet.

You will not be able to save on your kitchen remodel without a plan. Spend some time looking at the space, and deciding which areas are in desperate need of rejuvenation.

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