BEGIN YOUR FULL KITCHEN REMODEL:
If you are managing a budget while aiming for a jaw-dropping full kitchen remodel, we understand the importance of making smart choices without cutting corners. In this article, we’ll unveil 7 expert secrets that will help you create a truly remarkable full kitchen remodel that reflects your style and maintains the highest standards of quality. Let’s explore cost-saving measures in areas where they won’t compromise the overall quality and longevity of the project.
Cabinets are often the largest investment in your full kitchen remodel. So, it should be no surprise that our first three tips revolve around the cabinets! Choosing open shelving in your kitchen can be a savvy way to save money while adding a touch of charm and functionality to your space. Open shelving eliminates the need for expensive cabinet doors, allowing you to allocate your budget towards other aspects of your kitchen renovation.
By making smart choices in materials and ensuring secure attachments, you can create beautiful and cost-effective open shelving for your kitchen.
If you are happy with the placement and size of your existing cabinets but do not like the style, consider artfully replacing the exterior surfaces while preserving the box structure underneath. Cabinet refacing is not a temporary solution like painting or staining old cabinets. It is a full remodel of the exterior of your cabinets that is designed to last a lifetime.
During cabinet refacing, your kitchen contractor team will remove old doors, hinges, and trim and sand the boxes. New plywood and veneer will be applied to the structure of your cabinets. Then they will attach new doors, drawers, trim, and hardware. Believe it or not, you can even ask your contractor to attach laminate doors to solid wood cabinet boxes for further savings. Professional contractors can ensure a seamless and secure fit. With a wide range of finishes to choose from, you can achieve a high-end look for your full kitchen remodel and save up to half what you would have paid on new cabinetry.
Need to completely gut damaged cabinets? Want a fresh start with all-new cabinets that perfectly fit the layout of your full kitchen remodel? Here’s a counter-intuitive tip that might surprise you: custom cabinets can be less expensive than pre-fabricated sets… if you choose the right materials. Modern laminate cabinets provide a wide range of design options, allowing you to achieve a high-end appearance at a fraction of the cost of natural wood or other premium materials.
Laminate cabinets come in many different styles and colors, are easy to clean, hard to scratch, and are resistant to moisture and heat. High-pressure laminates or even commercial-grade laminate cabinets are more durable than the cheaper low-pressure laminates.
If you are looking to save some money for your full kitchen remodel, laminate countertops are a smart and cost-effective choice that doesn’t have to compromise on style. Laminate countertops have come a long way in terms of design and aesthetics. Just check out the wide range of beautiful laminates made by Formica®!
With advanced printing technologies, laminate countertops can now replicate the veining and patterns found in natural wood or stone, including the classic beauty of marble. You’d be amazed at how closely laminate can resemble the real thing! You have the freedom to select the exact color, pattern, and texture that perfectly suits your kitchen’s style and complements your overall design vision.
A well-designed backsplash has the power to captivate. However, you don’t need to overspend on materials to achieve a mesmerizing full kitchen remodel. If a full tile backsplash is not within your budget, consider adding accent tiles. Install a row or a pattern of decorative tiles within a plain backsplash to create visual interest and a personalized touch. Consider budget-friendly options like ceramic or subway tiles, which have a timeless appeal while being easy on the pocket.
Another consideration is that intricate patterns and complex layouts often require more time and labor, which can increase the installation costs. Choosing a simpler backsplash design with straight or diagonal tile installations can help reduce the overall labor expenses. Or… you may consider having no backsplash at all on some walls! You may need to clean your walls more often, but we have seen homeowners request no backsplash on side walls where they do minimal food prep.
When it comes to reducing the cost of materials during your kitchen renovation, one effective strategy is to consider overstock and discontinued options. Many retailers and manufacturers often have excess inventory or discontinued styles that they need to clear out. This presents an opportunity for you to get high-quality materials at significantly discounted prices.
Timing your purchases can make a difference in terms of cost. Consider shopping for items such as appliances, furniture, flooring, hardware, and lighting fixtures during off-seasons or specific sales events, such as Black Friday or end-of-season clearance sales, to take advantage of lower prices.
With a discerning eye, invest in carefully curated accessories that add character and visual interest to your full kitchen remodel without breaking the bank. One top tip is to get creative with kitchen cabinet handles. Choosing unique and eye-catching handles can instantly transform the look of your cabinets, giving them a luxurious and personalized touch. Dress up your kitchen windows with affordable yet stylish window treatments. Shop for faucets in different finishes or with modern or vintage-inspired shapes to make a statement in your kitchen. Look for trendy bar stools that invite relaxation and conversation, or captivating wall art that makes a bold statement.
All these little details can add up if you are not careful. To keep costs down, check online marketplaces, thrift stores, or salvage yards for unique and affordable pieces. With a bit of cleaning or refinishing, you can give these items a fresh look while saving money. Here is a great article on affordable kitchen hardware. Remember, finding budget-friendly kitchen hardware requires patience, research, and creativity. But it’s the little details that make a big difference in creating a high-end ambiance for your full kitchen remodel.
Remember, it’s important to strike a balance between cost-saving measures and maintaining quality workmanship. For example, opting for durable flooring, sturdy cabinets, and well-crafted countertops means they will withstand daily wear and tear, maintaining their beauty and functionality for years to come. Cutting corners on quality may result in the need for repairs or replacements sooner than expected, ultimately costing you more in the long run.
Making choices such as cabinet refacing, using beautiful laminates, selecting a simple backsplash pattern, shopping for discounts, and adding low-cost details can help you achieve a remarkable transformation with a shorter timeline and lower price point.
Work closely with experienced professionals, communicate your budget constraints, and seek their expertise in finding the right balance between cost-efficiency and maintaining the highest standard of workmanship for your full kitchen remodel. By doing so, you can achieve a kitchen renovation that combines both affordability and exceptional quality, creating a space you’ll love for years to come.
If you are in the Buffalo or Western New York area, we hope you will consider TBrothers Renovations for your full kitchen remodel. We encourage you to check out our kitchen gallery for inspiration and take a look at the many 5-star reviews we have received from your friends and neighbors. Our goal is to make your vision come true while providing the best experience you have ever had with a home renovations contractor.
When you are ready to talk about your kitchen renovation, head to our contact page and schedule a time to meet with us. We look forward to getting to know you!