It’s important to get a good handle on your budget before you begin any remodeling project. Kitchen projects are expensive, and it’s easy for the costs to get out of hand quickly.
What you choose for materials will have the greatest impact on cost. Obviously, more expensive materials impact the bottom line, but they can also require more extensive installations, which impact your budget, too. On the flip side, if you can DIY your way through some of your remodeling, you’ll realize significant cost savings.
If your kitchen has solid cabinets in a decent configuration, there are several ways to rework them without starting over. Consider embellishing the doors, adding glass inserts, or removing doors entirely to give the kitchen a new look. A coat of paint can be transformative. Remove the doors and spray them, allowing plenty of time to dry. Or send them to a paint shop and have them professionally sprayed for a durable finish. Changing the hardware on your doors and drawers is a quick and affordable update, too. You can also remove upper cabinets and replace them with open shelves. Budget counter top materials are limited to laminate, but there are many great colors available — some even resemble natural stone. A new sink and faucet will do wonders to freshen up the kitchen. But if they aren’t necessary, perhaps a new backsplash would revive your tired kitchen. Laminate flooring or sheet vinyl is an affordable option for flooring.
For $15,000, you can afford some new stock cabinets or flat-pack — also called ready-to-assemble — cabinetry, which you buy in pieces and put together yourself. Assembly takes some work, but the savings makes this a great option. New appliances, many with professional-style features, are possible in this budget with some savvy shopping. (Don’t mistake them for true professional appliances, which can cost several thousands of dollars per appliance.) A backsplash isn’t generally a large area, but it’s an effective way to make a design statement in a kitchen. For what it costs to purchase a few special tiles, you can make a big change — and stay on budget.
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