Kitchen renovations are expensive. And depending on the size, you’ll pay a ton.
For perspective, a house kitchen can cost up to $50K for a remodel.
It’s a disaster paying that much. After all, too much spent on a kitchen means less for the rest of your home.
But you don’t have to pay that much. You can pay a fraction of the cost, and still get the best results!
This is what we’ll help you do.
Below is a list of 4 cost-saving tips. Follow them all, and watch your budget get cut!
#1 – Fix Your Cabinets.
Don’t go out buying a new set. Instead, fix old ones.
Change handles and door hinges. Check for loose nails and screw those proper.
You’ll save thousands of dollars. After all, your cabinets are the majority of your kitchen’s furniture!
Repainting your cabinets makes them look new.
It gets rid of old stains and scratch marks. And it gives your cabinet a new coat that resists grease, steam, and heat!
#2 – Fix Your Countertops.
If you can’t keep the old, time for a replacement.
Usually, countertops are replaced when they’re broken. And that rarely happens, unless something disastrous occurs.
Thus, we recommend doing a refinish.
Get a contractor to do that for you. They’ll finish the job quick. And their hourly rates are cheaper than a replacement.
But if You Must Replace…
Go for granite or quartz.
They’re beautiful and cheap. And they cost much less than say – a marble top.
Extra Tip – Buy Countertop Protection.
Exposure your countertops to less abuse from heat and spills.
You can do so using acrylic sheeting. It’s durable, strong, and cheap.
Acrylic sheets are what’s commonly called “Perspex.” You’ll see those used as lightweight “shatter resistant” protection.
They’re quick to install. And you can get ones custom-made for your counter-top!
#3 – Use Cheap/Durable Tiles.
And for that, we recommend porcelain.
It looks amazing. And you can get it in specified polished colors, just for your kitchen!
It’s also quite hard and water resistant. So it doesn’t deform from spills or moisture in your kitchen.
And speaking of those…
We’re not saying it’s bad… It just doesn’t suit a kitchen environment.
It might work in a living room, or a bed room. But never in a kitchen.
Why? Because hardwood deforms from water. Plus, it’s more expensive than porcelain or PVC tiles…
And this deformation means earlier replacements. And earlier replacements means higher costs over the long-run.
#4 – Downsize Major Appliances.
By that, we mean your oven, fridge, microwave, and dishwashers.
For starters, don’t replace what you already have. Keep it around, and if it’s faulty, try to fix it…
What you can’t fix, sell. You might get a little ROI on the individual parts of each major appliance.
As for replacing them…
Go For Smaller.
Why buy a large 2-door fridge? Why not just settle for a cabinet mini-fridge?
Those work well. And they save space. Plus, they encourage better food shopping habits (since you can’t store much).
Or how about a smaller oven? You never need a large one.
At most, you cook for a family, and not for a full restaurant. So why have a large one?
And let’s not forget stoves. Instead of getting an electric stove (bad for bills), use gas (which is cheaper).
And maybe you can take it a step further. Maybe you can get a portable butane version instead!
Also, if you can, forget dishwashers. You’re better off using old school sink and rub methods.
It saves money, and it’s a nice way to pass time too!