Kitchen Remodeling Costs for Less Than $10,000
Written by: Joaquin Erazo Jr.
If you consult many home design professionals or read many remodeling books and websites, you will get the impression that you cannot make a big difference in your kitchen for less than $50,000. However, if your budge is $10,000 or less, there are plenty of changes you can make that will have a big impact on your kitchen. You will need to do a lot of planning and spend some time shopping around, but the results will be worth it.
Cabinets: Cabinets are one of the largest kitchen remodeling costs, but there are lots of ways to save money here. Most remodelers will figure in the cost of custom or semi-custom cabinets, but if you're flexible with your floorplan, you can use stock cabinets for a fraction of the cost. On the other hand, if you like your cabinets, but need more storage space, consider adding pull out racks, lazy susans, and other features that provide greater accessibility to your cabinets. Another option is to make your cabinets taller so they reach all the way to the ceiling. If you like the configuration of your cabinets, but want an updated look, consider cabinet re-facing. For a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, you can replace doors, drawer fronts, and trim to give you kitchen a completely new style.
Appliances: Stainless steel appliances give a sleek, professional look to your kitchen, but they used to be quite a bit more expensive. Today stainless steel appliances don't have to inflate your kitchen remodeling costs; many manufacturers offer stainless steel dishwashers, fridges, and ranges for prices comparable to regular appliances. Or, if you want your appliances to blend into your cabinetry, you can buy fridges and dishwashers that allow you to attach a panel that matches the cabinets. Replacing your appliances will probably be a money saver in the long run as long as you purchase Energy Star models. Even if your fridge is just ten years old, you will save on your electric bills if you replace it.
Recycle: One way to lower your kitchen remodeling costs is to visit flea markets and garage sales and check out craigslist.org for second-hand items. Some homeowners have assembled whole kitchens from cabinets acquired in different places; after they're installed, the cabinets are painted to make them look more uniform. You can also find used appliances, windows, doors, tables, chairs, stools, and lighting fixtures. Not only will you save a lot of money compared to the cost of new items, but you are also saving these materials from rotting away at a landfill.
Cosmetic Changes: Even if you don't want to make major changes to your kitchen cabinets or appliances, you can have a big impact with a bunch of smaller cosmetic alterations. Change the curtains or repaint the kitchen a new color. Add new hardware – drawer pulls, knobs, and hinges – to the cabinets. Install budget-friendly laminate counter tops or change the lighting fixtures. Even replacing your range hood can change the whole ambiance of the room.
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