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Thinking Of A Kitchen Remodel? Here Are Some Tips For Lowering Costs

by Emily Flores

If you want to give your home an update, then the kitchen is the ideal place to start. The kitchen is the center of activity, and one of the most important parts of the home for your family and guests. There are so many options to consider when it comes to kitchen remodeling and costs that quickly spiral out of control. Here are a few things you can do to renovate your kitchen while watching your budget.

Hire A Designer

Yes, you have to pay extra to have a professional, such as Kitchen Village, help design your new kitchen, but it can save money in the long run. A designer can plan out your new kitchen to the tiniest detail, so the contractor can finish the job without having to change plans or order supplies at the last minute that slow down progress. Thorough planning is the key to keeping your project within your budget.

Mix Countertop Materials

If you love the look of granite, but can't afford it, you may want to compromise. Place granite on your kitchen island or breakfast bar. Use it in an area that's highly visible, or where you will do most of your food preparation, and use a different material on the rest of your counters. You can install color-coordinating, inexpensive laminate for a change in style and texture. As long as the materials complement each other, the end result will still look great, and you'll save a lot of money over using only granite.

Eliminate Some Cabinets

Custom cabinets are expensive. There's no need to line your entire kitchen with cabinets when you can install a pantry instead. Make the pantry large enough to store food, dishes, and cooking appliances, so you can eliminate most of your cabinets. Your kitchen will have a less crowded appearance, and you can save quite a bit of money you would otherwise have to spend on cabinetry.

Consider Budget Flooring

Since you need to install flooring that tolerates moisture in the kitchen, you may want to go with inexpensive vinyl tiles or sheets. This flooring is affordable, and it comes in many colors, textures, and patterns, so you can create any look you want. Vinyl is a perfect flooring material for kitchens since you can mop it and you won't have to panic if the dishwasher overflows on it. You can even buy vinyl that has the appearance of stone tiles, so you can have an upscale look without having to pay a luxury price.

If your budget is really tight, you may want to start with simply painting your kitchen, installing new appliances, and brightening it with new lighting. While the layout will be the same, your kitchen will look fresh and clean. If you've been saving for years to build your dream kitchen, then you may want to knock out walls, put in windows, and totally change the layout and function of your kitchen. By working with a good designer and kitchen remodeling contractor that help you make the right compromises, you can get the kitchen of your dreams at a price you can afford.