Kitchen renovations are something most people would want to do for their homes, but because of the cost and time constraints, this often gets delayed. With some professional advice and top tips though, there’s no reason why you can’t have that new kitchen in no time.
Let’s explore some of our favorites.
This may sound obvious, but it’s essential to have finished planning and be confident with your decisions before you begin with any renovations. Last-minute changes can bring additional costs, so it may be worth considering the services of a designer, so you aren’t left with expensive errors and regrets.
Whether you’ve decided to go with a professional or not, be sure to have everything on site before you begin with any demolition. Picking and choosing once the renovation has already started is a sure way to send your budget spiraling out of control.
Cabinets are often one of the most significant expenses in a kitchen renovation, but there are smart ways to save costs. Ordering ready to assemble cabinets from a wholesaler can save you as much as 50% off the price and are far easier to install than you may think. If your existing cabinets are still in good shape and your budget is tight, it’s worth considering a splash of paint.
Bright white can give them a brand new look, especially if combined with new hardware. Be sure to wash, prime, and then paint cabinets in a quality semi-gloss paint for best results.
Your cabinets may be too outdated or damaged to be salvaged with a paint job, in which case it may be a wise option to purchase new doors. Make sure the structure is solid enough to avoid any potential problems in the future.
Take careful measurements and find a style of door you like. If not, ready to assemble cabinets are available in just about any color, style and finish and will arrive in a matter of days.
Lighting can transform the ambiance of any space dramatically, and in the kitchen, it’s best to have as much light as possible. Quality and quantity are the names of the game. Overhead lighting should be concentrated in areas where cooking will take place. Details like under-cabinet lighting won’t be expensive in relation to the impact they can have.
Plumbing & Electrics
An easy way to save costs is to keep existing piping and wiring exactly as it is. Moving large appliances like dishwashers, sinks, or gas stoves can add thousands of dollars to your renovation but can be avoided in most cases.
It’s clear that cabinets should receive a lick of paint, but floors are another potentially expensive area that can be transformed without spending much at all. Wooden floors can be refinished, and sealed cork can be a budget-friendly alternative to vinyl or tiles. They’re also easier on the feet and back for those who prioritize comfort.