Anyone with with an older style kitchen has most likely thought about remodeling, but the thought of the potential cost may be enough to send the project straight to the back burner. Fortunately careful shopping and creative strategies can help make your kitchen remodel a reality.
As you might expect, careful shopping for the big-ticket items will yield the largest savings. Saving on cabinets and appliances will leave a lot more cash in your wallet than purchasing a discounted light fixture or faucet. Even though small savings can add up too.
To get your shopping off to a good start, step away from the professional appliances. The good news is that quite a few of the major home-appliance manufacturers have copied the pro look, delivering styles in sleek stainless steel at amazing savings. Since these appliances are designed for the home market, sometimes they have amenities that some pro versions lack such as easy-care and self-cleaning ovens.
Consider what you actually need
Move past the appearance and consider your lifestyle and culinary needs in mind when shopping for appliances. This can help save a lot of money. If most of your meal preparation consists of plating takeout or heating prepared foods, a multi-burner, high-BTU cooktop or double oven will most likely be unnecessary. This could be a good place to scale back.
Keep an eye out for appliance options and extras, and skip the ones you won’t use or don’t need. For example, a lot of refrigerators come with external water dispensers, or it may even offer a choice of cubed or crushed ice. It’s a nice feature, but for some households it’s completely unnecessary. Finding a model without these features would benefit your bottom line.
Mix it up with high end products and low end
When it comes to cabinetry, home remodelers have always found ways of making a statement with a kind-to-the-budget blend of high and low. One way to do this is dressing up simple, budget-conscious IKEA cabinets with decorative high-end knobs and handles.
You may also want to try mixing IKEA cabinet boxes with custom wood doors and drawers to save money. You can check out commercial kitchen-supply stores for open stainless-steel shelving and rolling carts. These make very versatile and smart storage units. They are low cost, but look nice paired with upscale kitchen pieces.
Plywood may be just what you need
Sealed plywood cabinets are a very affordable option. Plywood often has a bold, distinctive grain and can be decorative as well as durable.
Cabinet savings can go more than skin deep. Instead of ordering units equipped with built-in rollouts and dividers, consider retrofitting them from a variety of less-expensive, ready-made items. Stamp your kitchen with personal style and make it your own by combining storage bins, boxes and baskets in a mix of sizes, colors, textures and materials.
Cutting cabinetry costs may make it tempting to splurge on a high end countertop, but you need to resist the temptation. There are lots of ways to get good-looking and functioning counters at a smart price. Especially if you stick to blending the high end and low end products. Use pricey materials such as stone or wood on specific workstations for tasks like baking or chopping. Top the remainder of your counter space with less expensive materials. You can always dress up laminate countertops with wood or stainless-steel edging for a custom look. Or for a more custom look repurposed salvaged materials such as stone, stainless steel or wood can be a great option.
Do your own backsplash
The backsplash can be a place to be creative and use your imagination. Applied to the walls, sheet metal such as copper, galvanized aluminum, stainless steel or traditional tin ceiling panels can add a touch of bling to the room. Or you can try using broken colored glass for a lively and nontraditional backsplash mosaic. You can also recycle your broken pottery shards, tile scraps, and other ceramic odds and ends into a one of a kind unique pattern.
With a combination of careful shopping, imagination, and creativity, you can save and afford a new kitchen remodel. Our designers and contractors have been doing kitchen remodeling in the Northern Virginia area for over 15 years and have come up with some amazing outcomes. Homes in McLean, Great Falls, Reston, Fairfax, and Herndon Virginia, tend to be upscale and a updated kitchens are important for the overall look and value of the house.
If you would like a complementary consultation, contact us and let us design the kitchen of your dreams.