The average kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $4500 to $50,000 depending on the budget. That’s a difference of over $45,000!
But that doesn’t mean that a low-cost renovation has to look just as different from a high-cost renovation; it’s all about how you choose to allocate your expenses.
In this article, we’ll share our insider tips on how to achieve a state-of-the art kitchen remodel without the financial burden.
Consider alternative countertop materials.
From stone to tile, concrete to wood, there’s a wide variety of materials for you to choose from. Of course, granite is the most popular choice, but it’s far from the most affordable at up to $100 per square foot. Know more about our Architecture Services
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To achieve similar results to stone, try a laminate option. The latest high definition selections look much more convincing than you’d think – you may not even be able to tell the difference between them and true granite.
You can also always add details like cut-edge profiles and installing an undermount sink to make the countertop that much more expensive. Seeing as laminate products can cost just half the price of stone, we recommend them for those looking for style on a budget.
Mix and match different countertop materials.
For those who simply can’t resist the look of luxury countertop materials, there are still ways to incorporate them without breaking your bank. It may take more time planning and material hunting, but the results will be worth it.
Rather than choosing granite, soapstone, or marble for every countertop, consider limiting it to standout surfaces like the island or breakfast bar. If these areas are sizeable enough, you could even section them off – for example, consider make the outside perimeter of an island butcher block and the inner side granite. Using less expensive options where you can will not only reduce the cost, but add visual interest when done tastefully.
Another possibility for granite-lovers is to choose a lower grade of granite. Most are rated from a scale from 1 to 5, so rather than looking for grade 5, consider more economical varieties around grade 2. It may take a bit more searching, but you may just find the perfect slab for your kitchen and your wallet.
Don’t underestimate lighting.
Lighting should be a top priority in any renovation, especially in a kitchen remodel. Stylish details like pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting make for excellent accent pieces that are affordable yet modern. It’s also important to work with your contractor to plan for bright overhead lighting where people tend to cook or congregate.
The perfect example of this is track lighting, which can give off soft, dim light for an ambient effect or bright light for daily tasks depending on their setting. These can be found in a variety of shapes and finishes depending on the look you’re going for.
Keep your appliances where they are.
If you plan to switch out your cabinetry, plan around your current appliances rather than a brand-new layout. It can be extremely costly it is to move the mechanics, plumbing and electrical for appliances. Even worse, there are unknown factors when it comes to cutting into your walls, floors, and ceiling to expose them.
If you didn’t plan for this ahead of time, the process will force you to tack on additional time and expenses that you may not have the budget for. Just moving an appliance one foot could cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the job.
Save on cabinetry wood.
When it comes to cabinets, it’s best to invest in functionality rather than material. Choose cabinet options with soft close doors, a waste-recycling centre, and base cabinets with drawers. For custom cabinetry, take the time to plan out your storage access properly. Building wall cabinets up to the ceiling does cost more, but it will give you much more storage that will enhance your convenience and resale leverage.
When it comes to recouping these investments, look into affordable cabinet material. Veneer and solid wood cabinetry look surprisingly similar, and you’ll barely notice the difference once you see it in your home.
What you and your guests will notice when they walk into the room is the craftsmanship of overall design and installation itself – which is why it’s important to leave it to millwork and homebuilder professionals.
BluEnt specializes in CAD services for architectural millwork industry when it comes to custom kitchen cabinets, moulding and millwork details. We are proficient in millwork details for doors, windows, kitchens as well as interior cabinetry. The accuracy of our millwork components ensures that our clients are confident in every detail before entering the construction phase, guaranteeing a smoother installation process.
Opt for a cutout instead of removing a wall.
Now that interior design trends have moved away from separate spaces to open floor plans, it’s common for homeowners to want to remove the walls dividing the kitchen from the family room.
However, it’s not so simple as hacking down a wall – there are many structural concerns to consider. Is the wall load bearing? Are there mechanics, plumbing and electrical running through it that will need to be rerouted? These questions don’t only affect the wall in question, but all the surrounding walls as well.
A simpler and more affordable alternative is a wall cutout. This will help achieve a sense of openness with the bonus of an extra countertop and seating area. It doesn’t completely solve the problem of assessing the initial concerns, but the fact that the floor and ceiling will be unaffected will save you from paying a lot of costs.
BluEnt’s CAD studio has been designed for architects, designers, contractors and engineering firms to certify that our shop drawings can be used for all specialists involved in the project. Our in-house drafting team complements our clients’ portfolios by balancing global outreach and years of professional experience in the field.
Using these methods, you’ll be able to achieve a dream kitchen at only a fraction of the cost and time. To discuss how BluEnt can make your next construction project even more efficient, fill out a form today.
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