Would you prefer a satisfying meal at an affordable cost or an extravagant spread at a sky-high price? The latter can be a treat for the eyes but heavy for the gut. This comparison was brought forth to explain that one should not spend more than one can. The idiom 'Do not bite off more than you can chew', aptly sums up the idea.
If you are about to undergo a kitchen renovation project anytime soon or in future, hold your enthusiasm for a while and observe your kitchen. Listen to its demands and then make a list of only the mandatory changes it requires both for functional and beauty enhancement.
Kitchen is the place where food is born. The taste of food translates the joy of its maker. Any irritation arising from kitchen malfunctions spoils the mood which spoils the food. We definitely can't afford to lose good food at the cost of a faulty kitchen!
Discussed below are money-saving kitchen remodel ideas which can help you attain solutions for your kitchen.
After you have decided on a plan with your remodeling partner, stick to it. Any alterations or additions of different features, designs and fittings midway will shoot up your budget. Deviating from the approved plan while the project is on the run can only be taxing.
Alternatives for Island
Instead of installing a new island for your kitchen, use a piece of furniture that best resembles it, like an old table preferably with drawers or a dresser. This will save a lot of money. But make sure that the height of the table matches that of an island.
Cut Down on Cabinets
See if your cabinets need any change at all. If they are in good condition, you can either stick to them or just resurface or paint them. If that is not enough then go for ready to assemble cabinets which are available in markets in standard sizes and designs. These are much cheaper than custom made ones.
Keep Backsplash within its Functional Area
Backsplash need not extend throughout the entire length of the kitchen wall. You can keep it limited to its visually functional area behind the sink or stove. Then choose from endless cost-effective backsplash tile options.
Lights for a Greater Impact within Lesser Budget
Lights change the feel of a kitchen without having to spend much. But it is true only in case of track lighting and not recessed. Recessed lighting involves cutting or drilling of ceilings and walls for wiring which adds to the budget. Choose from a range of beautiful hanging pendants in different materials. Under-the-cabinet lights are both functional and beautiful.
Cheap Countertop Materials
For countertops you can avoid the costly granite option and can use other materials like concrete, tiles, stone, lamination and recyclable products. Those who have a fondness for granite can explore granite supply yards for reasonable granite remnants.
Less Expensive Floors
If you really need different flooring other than pricey wood, choose sealed cork, vinyl or tiles that come in budget-friendly prices.
Do Not Move Appliances
Moving the electrical appliances involve cutting of walls and ceilings for mechanicals and wires which gives way to unnecessary extra costs. It would be wise not to disturb their positions.
Do Your Project at Intervals
If you cannot spend the bulk amount at one go, then break up the service in parts. Span the plan across short intervals; say at a gap of two or more months. This will lighten the pressure on your pocket.
Saving is a good habit and it has never harmed anyone. These kitchen remodeling ideas will help you respond to the specific requirements smartly without having to spend a fortune.