Five Frugal Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

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Your kitchen is the most important room in your house. Selling your house hinges on the look and functionality of your kitchen. So, it’s in your best interest to start thinking about updating your kitchen if you ever think about selling the house or increasing its overall value.

  • Paint the cabinets and replace the hardware. Your biggest expense will be replacing kitchen cabinetry. It can run anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000 to replace the cabinetry. If you really want to save some money on your kitchen remodeling, paint the cabinets a nice neutral color and buy updated hardware such as brushed nickel with a sleek, modern style. You’ll be surprised at what this simple job will do for your kitchen.
  • Use granite tiles instead of a full slab of granite for the countertops. Numerous kitchens with granite tiles use a dark granite with dark grout, and you won’t even see the grout lines from far away. It’s a great alternative to a full slab of granite for a fraction of the price.
  • Use vinyl or sheet metal for a sleek, modern back splash. Tile back splashes are expensive because of the labor and the decorative tiles. You can create a modern look with a custom pattern vinyl back splash or a sheet of metal to match stainless steel appliances.
  • Look for scratch and dent stainless steel appliances. If you search long and hard enough at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Sears, they’ll have scratch and dent appliances out for sale. You can find these appliances with scratches or dents in areas that will normally be hidden! If the dent or scratch is on the left or right side of a refrigerator or range, typically they will be hidden by cabinetry or walls.
  • Update the light fixtures. Updating the light fixtures is always an inexpensive way to give your home a fresh look. Replace the ugly fluorescent lighting with track lighting for about $50. Fluorescent lights are a thing of the past. Install warmer lighting to your kitchen for a nicer feel to the kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to a costly endeavor. Do the projects that you can do on your own and contract out the more complicated projects. Also, do your own demolition. Contractors charge a lot of money to destroy things, and it doesn’t take a general contractors license to rip out cabinetry and flooring. If you have any other questions for us about kitchen remodeling, bathroom, or other areas of the house, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to bounce ideas back and forth to help you save money on your remodel.

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